Peace and Blessings,

The African American Dance Ensemble, also known as AADE, is a 501 C (3) Nonprofit. Our mission

is to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American Dance and Music

through research, education performance, and entertainment; to focus on the health and education of

our communities. Our purpose is to help our youth become more active through dance and the

arts. Kwanzaa Fest is a community-wide celebration of culture and collective call for unity, peace

and harmony in the New Year.


Kwanzaa is a celebration for ALL people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Celebrating the holiday season and Triangle's diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture, centered on seven basic values as building blocks for peace and progress within neighborhoods. This year the African American Dance Ensemble will host two days of Kwanzaa.  


                                                                  December 28th - Ujima @ C3 at the Venue Raleigh, NC

                                                                  January 1st - Imani @ The History Durham Armory Durham NC


                                                                  In celebration of these principles, each day will have health screenings, shop with vendors on                                                                              “Davis' Way” featuring local and regional businesses, artists, and community groups, and                                                                                    Children's Village featuring arts, crafts, games, face painting, and a Raffle to benefit the                                                                                        Davis-Williams Scholarship Fund. Delicious foods, lots of dancing, fun, and friendship.                                                                                          Each year donated toiletry items and canned foods, collected at Kwanzaa, are given to local charities.


Both events are FREE and open to the public!


Kwanzaa Fest 2021 - Held Virtually

Thank you, Britany Burch and team, for your leadership with this project.

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Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis

Jan 1, 1937 -  May 14, 2017