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He learned the steps, and mastered the rhythms. Dance took him to New York City — a mecca for artists and musicians — and to Africa, where he studied the rites and rituals of many cultures, so much of which is told through dance. Davis brought some of that back to New York, where he started Dance Africa, a festival now in its fifth decade, as well as The Chuck Davis Company. Then Davis came full circle, moving his company back to North Carolina. In his home state, he found youth and talent — so much so that he created an entirely new company — the African American Dance Ensemble.
The company's repertoire includes original choreography in a fusion of modern, jazz, African, and Latin American dance styles. The ensemble.
Female tap dancers, who once danced in relative obscurity, have also achieved recognition and encouragement. They bring to light the legacy of women who have matched male tap dancers step for step. Dance created and performed by African-Americans has become a permanent part of American dance. Contemporary dance companies founded by Blacks tour both nationally and internationally. These groups include the African-American Dance Ensemble.