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 The Truth (About Success) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:26am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:52pm
Video Embed The Parker Walk Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:26pm
Image The Opus One Band. In Technicolor! Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:25pm
Event The Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Video Embed The Kissing Bandit Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:31pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:54pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:23pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:24pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 5:02pm Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:06pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America - Promo 2012 Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:38pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America - Black History Month 2016 Monday, December 28, 2015 - 10:34pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:24pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Sunday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:28pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:42pm

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