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 2004-12-18 - Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach Friday, December 17, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm
Event Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Image ChesterTaps 11 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00123 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:59pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:59pm
Image SwingingInTheHood050318 00024 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm
Image DSC_4308 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
Image RonAndXia 104 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm
Image ShimSham 66 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00095 Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:16pm Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:16pm

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