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- Bessie Awards to Honor Arthur Mitchell and Chuck Davis
Chuck Davis, the founder of DanceAfrica & The African American Dance Ensemble, will be honored at the 30th annual Bessie Award ceremony on Oct. 20 at the Apollo Theater, officials announced. Mr. Mitchell will receive an award for lifetime achievement in dance and Mr. Davis will receive an award for outstanding service to the field of dance.
“These men are trailblazers in the world of dance, and have paved the way for countless dancers, teachers and choreographers who have and will come after them,” Lucy Sexton, director of the award program, said in a statement.
Officially known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards, the Bessies are often regarded as the dance-world version of the Academy Awards.
Mr. Davis is a well-regarded choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance. Known as Baba Chuck, he created the dance festival, DanceAfrica, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1977. Over the years, the festival has acquainted audiences with African dance and culture. This fall marks his final year as artistic director of the festival.
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