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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Image ChesterTaps 4 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
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Image ChesterTaps 5 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image ChesterTaps 6 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image ChesterTaps 7 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image ChesterTaps 8 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image ChesterTaps 9 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Video Embed Chicago Style Step - Chester Whitmore Style Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:16pm
Article Choreography for 2010 Dance: "God Bless The Child" Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:33am Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 2:14pm
Link Clog and Step Dance Festival - 1990 Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am

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