Central Ave Dance Ensemble

The Central Avenue Dance Ensemble is a multi-aged performance group led by Chester Whitmore. Our mission is to perpetuate and promote American Vernacular dances of the 20th Century. These dances include: American street dances such as Leonard Reed’s Shim Sham Shimmy, the Shorty George, the Charleston (1920s) and the Lindy Hop (1920s - 40s). These are in addition to dances derived from them like the Chicago Bop (1960s) which begat Steppin’ (1990s). We aim to show the connections between dance forms from generation to generation and their connection to music and cabaret; to show how American vernacular dances were influenced by African dance and were shaped by spirituality and slavery (liturgical dance) as well as were molded by rhythm and music (tap dance and Salsa). We aim to express the infectious healing qualities of dance, to educate audiences and to spread the joy of dance.

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Event CADE at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 4:20pm Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 4:35pm
Basic page Contact Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:24pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:25pm
Book page Principals Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 7:22pm Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 7:22pm
Event Norma Miller 99th Birthday Bash Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:28am Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 6:35pm
Event History of Central Avenue, Session II Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:17am Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:11am
Event Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm
Event CentralAveDance at The 5th Annual Uview Media Group Honor Awards 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:15pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:18pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm

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