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 Video thumbnail for Parker Walk Fundamentals: Embrace and Walking Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:13pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:13pm
Image Video thumbnail for The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:04pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:04pm
Image Video thumbnail for Unbelievable Waltz Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 8:23pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 8:23pm
Link Vintage Videos Friday, July 13, 2007 - 12:30pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
Video Embed Walking Down The Line of Dance Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Waltz: Anya and Danny Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:58pm
Video Embed West Coast Swing (Pop / R and B) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed West Coast Swing (The Beginning) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Image What did these guys give her? Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:57pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:05pm
Link What is Lindy Hop? Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 11:00pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:03pm

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