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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Video Embed Walking Down The Line of Dance Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Link Vintage Videos Friday, July 13, 2007 - 12:30pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
Image Video thumbnail for Unbelievable Waltz Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 8:23pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 8:23pm
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 Parker Walk Fundamentals: Embrace and Walking Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:13pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:13pm
Image Video thumbnail for Parker Walk Fundamentals: Connection Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 5:03pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:40pm
Image Video thumbnail for Parker Walk Fundamentals Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:21pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:08pm
Image Video thumbnail for "Gotta Dance" - Frankie95 Time Square Dance Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:25pm Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:25pm
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

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