BAM Affiliation The Charles Moore Dance Theatre has been featured in over 20 BAM productions. The dance company and the Charles Moore Center for Ethnic Studies are programs of Dances and Drums of Africa, Inc., one of the oldest not-for-profit African-American Arts organizations in Brooklyn. Founded in 1974 by Charles and Ella Moore to demonstrate the beauty and variety of African, Caribbean, and African-American culture, the company has reconstructed many African dances thought to be lost forever. Most notable is Charles Moore's recreation of the first full program commemorating the great African dancer, Asadata Dafora, and introducing the
beautiful solo Awassa Astrige, (The Ostrich), which became Moore's signature dance. In addition to BAM, the company performed at Lincoln Center, in Central Park with Channel 13, on PBS' Great Performances in Dance BlackAmerica, and on Puerto Rican public television.