African dance master chore­og­ra­pher Chuck Davis dies

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

A master chore­og­ra­pher and teacher of tra­di­tional African dance styles who founded dance com­pa­nies in North Carolina and New York has died. He was 80.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the African Amer­i­can Dance En­sem­ble in Durham, North Carolina, said Tues­day that chore­og­ra­pher Chuck Davis died Sun­day at his Durham home. Dr. B. An­geloe Burch Sr. says Davis had been di­ag­nosed with cancer about two years ago and had been treated. He says the cause of death isn’t known.

Davis founded the African Amer­i­can Dance En­sem­ble in 1983 and was founder and di­rec­tor of Dance Africa, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary this month at the Brook­lyn Acad­emy of Mu­sic. He also founded the Chuck Davis Dance Com­pany in New York in 1968.

Ser­vices are planned for June 2nd and 3rd.

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