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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Type Title Post date Updated/commented datesort descending
Event 2004-04-24 - Celebration of the life of Leonard Reed Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-04-09 - A Tribute To The Motown Sound Sunday, March 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-02-25 - Compton Conservatory of Music Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-03-18 - Swinging In The Hood Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-02-20 - New Creation Christian Faith Center Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2004-12-18 - Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach Friday, December 17, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-10-27 - Dance and African-American Music Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2004-09-04 African Marketplace Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-05-29 - Praise God In Dance Monday, May 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2004-01-20 - Hollywood Park Casino 'Jazz Cool Down' Featuring Linda Hopkins Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm

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