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 - 8:13pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm
Event 2005-02-25 - Compton Conservatory of Music Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Image DSC_4367 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm
Image ShimSham 23 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm
Image PraiseDancePerformance050529 018_0011 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:33pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:33pm
Image RonAndXia 94 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm
Image DSC_4306 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
Image RonAndGwen 35 Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:04pm Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:04pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00105 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:58pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:58pm
Image ShimSham 64 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm

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