The American Dance Festival will dedicate its 82nd season to teacher, choreographer, and dance ambassador Charles “Chuck” Davis.
A ceremony honoring Davis will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, before the season-opening performance of Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Davis is a friend and protector for many underserved and often neglected communities, ADF director Jodee Nimerichter said.
He brings the joy of dance, the excitement of rhythm, and the intensity of humanity to everything he does, she said.
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“ADF, Durham, and the dance world are far richer places today because of Baba Chuck's love and exuberance for the field,”she said.
Davis is the founder of the African American Dance Ensemble and the New York-based DanceAfrica. A native North Carolinian, he has traveled to Africa to study with leading artists. In 1980 his growing reputation as a teacher and choreographer in the traditional techniques of African dance led ADF to recruit him for the position of Artist-in-Residence and to head its outreach program in North Carolina. Davis has also been an ADF faculty member and traveled to Indonesia as part of ADF'’s International Linkages Program.
He has been a panelist for several programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and is a recipient of the AARP Certificate of Excellence, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Award, the 1990 North Carolina Artist Award, and the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He has served on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council, and in 1992 he received the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the state's highest honor.He received honorary doctorates from Medgar Evers College and Williams College. Dr. Davis received a Dance Magazine Award in 2004, the 2005 Community Dance Educator of the Year Award, the 2006 Balasaraswati Joy Ann Dewey Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for outstanding service to the field of dance in 2014, and is cited as one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures" by the Dance Heritage Coalition.
Performances during ADF's 82nd season will be presented from June 11-July 25, 2015.
Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, ADF remains an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians, and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment. ADF's wide range of programs includes performances, artist services, educational programs and classes, community outreach, national and international projects, archives, humanities projects, publications, and media projects. ADF has been presenting the best in modern dance for 82 years. americandancefestival.org.
Single tickets and subscriptions to ADF performances will go on sale to the general public May 11, 2015 and may be purchased via one of the methods listed below. Tickets range in price from $10 to $51.
For the second year, ADF offers ADF Go. The ADF Go program is designed to make modern dance more accessible and affordable for young arts lovers in our community. Audience members between the ages of 18-30 have the opportunity to purchase a $10 ticket to most ADF performances at DPAC and Reynolds Industries Theater. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office. Patrons must present a valid ID when picking up tickets.
Tickets for DPAC
Durham Performing Arts Center Ticket Center
The American Tobacco District
123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
Tickets for Reynolds Industries Theater, Motorco Music Hall,
Baldwin Auditorium, and Cordoba Center for the Arts
Duke University Box Office
Bryan University Center
Duke University West Campus
Tickets for The Carolina Theatre
Carolina Theatre Box Office
309 W Morgan Street
Durham NC, 27701