The Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by the premier world-wide dance footwear and apparel manufacturer, Capezio Ballet Makers, announces the selection of Brooklynite Charles “Chuck” Davis as the 57th recipient of the Capezio Dance Award.
The Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present the 2008 Capezio Dance Award and the accompanying Ten Thousand Dollar honorarium to Davis during a performance of DanceAfrica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Awarded annually since 1952, the Capezio Dance Award celebrates significant contributions to American dance by an individual, company or institution. It recognizes those who bring respect, stature and distinction to dance and who exhibit qualities such as innovation, creativity and imagination.
Davis has spent his life achieving and virtually redefining these ideals with the brilliance of his artistry and his mission to preserve the finest traditions of African music and dance.
He is the recipient of countless awards and honorary doctorates including the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Award, the New York Bessie Award, the Dance Magazine Award and, most recently, an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Williams College.
Davis continues to perform with the African American Dance Ensemble, in addition to undertaking guest artist directorships and developing the choreography for numerous commissioned projects.