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 The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Saturday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:27pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Friday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:26pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Image The Guys Friday, October 1, 2010 - 5:48pm Friday, October 1, 2010 - 5:48pm
Link The Great Black Way: L.A.'s Central Avenue in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:08pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:38pm
Image The Ensemble Waltzes at Toys for Tots Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:26pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed The Central Ave Cotillion Dance Ensemble Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 3:31pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Charles Mingus) Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:04pm Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:29pm
Image SwingingInTheHood050318 00075 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 1:46pm
Image SwingingInTheHood050318 00074 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm
Image SwingingInTheHood050318 00073 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm

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