skip to Main Content
African American Dance Ensemble group photo in full dress

First Baptist Church, Wilmington St - Family Life Center

7:45 pm, 9:00 pm

Smith Anderson Logo - Dark turquoise and black uppercase text
Sponsored by: Smith Anderson

Carolinian Logo - White serif type over muli-colored background
Media Sponsor: The Carolinian

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 took 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 RIP Baba Chuck—we miss you our friend.

Additional Performers & Activities

Back To Top