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 Motor City Jam Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event Dancing in the Hood with Chester Whitmore and Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event 2004-12-03 - Swinging In The Hood Dance w/ Chester Whitmore's Opus One Band. Friday, December 3, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:51pm
Event Mademoiselle Sing, Sing, Sing: An Urban Musical Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Norma Miller Honored at 30th Annual IABD Conference Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:07pm Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:49am
Event 10th American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT) Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm
Event 2005-09-18 - De Obeah Mon Saturday, September 3, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2003-09-06 - Dancer's Groove II at the Hollywood Park Casino Saturday, September 6, 2003 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:14pm
Event Dancing in the Hood with Chester Whitmore and the Opus One Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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