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 The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Saturday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:27pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Sunday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:28pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:42pm
Video Embed Norma Miller and the Congeroos in Duke Ellington's Hot Chocolate Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:18pm
Video Embed Chicago Style Step - Chester Whitmore Style Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:16pm
Video Embed Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:13pm
Video Embed Rock On! Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 4:03pm
Video Embed Waltz: Anya and Danny Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:58pm
Video Embed The Kissing Bandit Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:31pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:54pm
Event Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2011) Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 9:45am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:32pm
Event CADE Performs at USA Dance LA Halloween Ball Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:26pm

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