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 Archive: The Origins of Black Dance (2014) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:33pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Event Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2012) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:37pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:36pm
Video Embed Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Image The Ensemble Waltzes at Toys for Tots Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:26pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume II Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Leap Frog Promo Reel Friday, December 25, 2009 - 11:44pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Basic Eight-Count Step Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed From Swing To Steppin: Partnering: Basic Lead and Follow Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 10:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Walking Down The Line of Dance Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Savoy Ballroom Foxtrot Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 12:37am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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