Attended, Howard University, 1966—1968. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), CUNY: Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, 1998. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Williams College.
Studied with Babatunde Olatunji, Eleo Pomare, and Thelma Hill. Founder, artistic director Chuck Davis Dance Company, New York City, 1968—1980, Durham, North Carolina, 1980—1984, African American Dance Ensemble, Durham, since 1984. Founder DanceAfrica, Brooklyn, since 1977.
Artist-in-residence American Dance Festival of Durham, North Carolina, 1982. Founder, director Cultural Arts Safari. Board directors North Carolina Arts Council, since 1991, chairman dance grant panel.