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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Link What is Lindy Hop? Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 11:00pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:03pm
Video Embed What is Urban Ballroom Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:39pm
Link What's Steppin? Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm
Video Embed Why is Stepping Called 'Stepping'? Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Event Xanadu Sing-Along Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:14pm
Video Embed Xanadu Sing-Along Performance Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Blog entry You Never Know Who You're Dancing Dancing With Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:01pm Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:01pm
Image _E8F4308 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm
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Image _E8F4318 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm

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