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The African American Dance Ensemble is committed to outreach, focusing on the well-being and a positive future of our youth. We continue the legacy of Dr. Chuck Davis in preserving, teaching, and performing traditional African dance, music, and values. We present dance and music from the West African region, as well as Congolese drumming. Our mission is that culture, history, and values that promote Unity and Diversity are in all our performances.

Kwanzaa has been celebrated by AADE since 1986 and this year we will celebrate two principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa appeals to a diverse audience, as AADE seeks to preserve and promote the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music to the broad community. Participants in our Kwanzaa Fest span the socioeconomic strata in the Triangle community and through this unique sponsorship opportunity, you will increase your exposure to our target audience.

  1. December 28th - celebrating the principle of Ujima, which means collective work and responsibility. Join us at C3 at the Venue (5291 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC) 

  2. January 1st - celebrating the principle of Imani, which means faith. Join us at the Durham Armory (220 Foster Street. Durham, NC)


Kwanzaa Fest has opportunities to get your business or organization involved in the festivities. Whether you are looking for event-specific recognition, logo placement on the banner, a full-page ad, or listings throughout the year we have your covered!

We are looking for businesses and organizations to help us make Kwanzaa Fest truly special for our community. We desire for your company to participate; your involvement would help highlight the importance of recognizing our youth. This year we will help a student with the Davis-Williams award, this award will be given to a youth who is interested in the performing arts and desires to learn their craft and pursue the art of dance and or teaching. We believe the education of our youth is important, and the way to ensure the continuance of dance is to make sure that we do our part to assist those who desire to carry the banner.


Kwanzaa Fest 2020 attendance was outstanding, with over 3,500 in attendance. Would you consider making a donation? Our goal is to help and teach dance to as many people possible. Thanks to sponsors like you, we are well on our way. Your donations will have a dramatic impact on the life of a young child.

We have 6 levels of Sponsorship

  • Davis Sponsor - $1,000

    • Social media advertising, logo on flyer, full page color ad in Kwanzaa Fest booklet, announcement at event & banner at event​

  • Red – $800.00 - $999.99

    • S​ocial media advertising, logo on flyer, full page color ad in Kwanzaa Fest booklet

  • Black – $600.00 - $799.99

    • Social media advertising, logo on flyer, half page color ad in Kwanzaa Fest booklet  

  • Green – $400.00 – $599.99

    • Social media advertising, half page color ad in Kwanzaa Fest booklet ​

  • Friends of Kwanzaa - $200.00 - $399.99

    • Social media advertising, half page color ad in Kwanzaa Fest booklet ​

  • Friends of Kwanzaa Fest - $100

    • Name in Kwanzaa Fest booklet ​

We look forward to you supporting our efforts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience by email.

Thank you for your consideration,

Demetrius Holder

Program Director


Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr.

Executive Director


Because of our FUNDERS, GRANTORS and DONORS LIKE YOU, we are able to achieve our purpose and work together "Building Stronger Communities through the power of the ARTS!"