(b Raleigh, NC, 1 Jan. 1937)
US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied with Owen Dodson and danced with several companies before founding his own Chuck Davis Dance Company in 1967. He specialized in presenting traditional African-American dances but has also choreographed his own works including Odun De (mus. Saleem, 1986) and Waterwheel (1995). He has been active in raising the profile of African-American dance, founding the annual festival DanceAfrica in 1977, and the performance and educational organization African American Dance Ensemble in 1994.
http://www.africanamericandanceensemble.org Website for the African American Dance Ensemble