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 Tribute to Sam Cooke Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:40pm Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:22pm
Event Unity Praise Dancers and Company Presents: Ignite The Praise 2009 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Video Embed Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Link Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:35pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:57am
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm
Image Video thumbnail for "Gotta Dance" - Frankie95 Time Square Dance Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:25pm Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:25pm
Image Video thumbnail for Parker Walk Fundamentals Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:21pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:08pm
Image Video thumbnail for Parker Walk Fundamentals: Connection Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 5:03pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:40pm

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