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 Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:14pm
Link Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:35pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:57am
Video Embed Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Event Unity Praise Dancers and Company Presents: Ignite The Praise 2009 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Event Tribute to Sam Cooke Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:40pm Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:22pm
Event Tribute to Michael Jackson Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:43pm Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:43pm
Event Tribute to Chester Whitmore Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:34am Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:35am
Video Embed Toni's Greatest Hits Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:01pm
Event Thixotix Runway Dance Fusion Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:10am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:45pm
Link Third Street Swingers (Swing on the 3rd Street Promenade) Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:09pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:48pm

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