The African American Dance Ensemble, or most notably called AADE was founded in 1984 by the incomparable and world renowned Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis. Now a registered 501c3 and exempt nonprofit, the AADE is under the guidance of a 5 Member Board and the leadership Executive Director, Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr. and is moving from Greatness to Glory.

We have travelled to Africa and the African Diaspora to learn and hone our craft. Our music, our dance, our songs are authentic and are indigenous to the Gambia, West Africa and parts beyond.

The AADE has celebrated 30 years of dance, music and “EDUTAINING” with Community engagement programs that focus on women 10-20 and males 10-20, offering a step up and a path to a productive future as well as Health and Wellness Classes called MZIMA!

The African American Dance Ensemble’s mission is to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music through research, education and entertainment. With the motto, “Peace, love, respect for everybody,” the Ensemble celebrates traditional African culture, aesthetics and values as resources to encourage interracial cooperation and cross-cultural understanding. Towards this end, the Ensemble develops partnerships and collaborations with community programs and resources, conducts residencies and workshops in diverse settings, and offers apprenticeships with emerging performers to enhance their artistic skills and capacities.

Come Dance With US!! We invite you to be a part of our ongoing celebration!!

AGOO!!” May I have your attention!!”    “AMEE!!” I’m Listening!