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 Norma Miller Honored at 30th Annual IABD Conference Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:07pm Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:49am
Video Embed Ain't That Something to Shout About Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:24am
Video Embed Kirk's Get Well Video Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:19am
Video Embed The Truth (About Success) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:26am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:52pm
Video Embed Baby It's Cold Outside Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:45pm
Video Embed Flamingo Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:43pm
Video Embed Groovie Movie Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:42pm
Video Embed Norma Miller's Trickeration Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:51am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:40pm
Video Embed What is Urban Ballroom Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:39pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America - Promo 2012 Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:38pm

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