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First Baptist Church, Wilmington St

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 10:30 pm

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You are invited to join the African American Dance Ensemble for a First Night Raleigh favorite! Celebrate community spirit to the beat of ancient rhythms. The choreographic works of the African American Dance Ensemble depict customs, traditions and occasions of African life. For over a decade, Chuck Davis has taken annual trips to Africa to study African dance and art traditions. “In the village we humble ourselves as we dance and sing for the elders’ approval, which is never readily given. Our knees touch our shoulders as we jump, spin and create new movement from ancient sources trapped in the belly of the drum emitting rhythm after rhythm. And we dance. What I learn I return to the States and share.” – Chuck Davis

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