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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Image ShimSham 47 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00083 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:57pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:57pm
Image Percy, Ron and Eroc posing on the dance floor of the Old Church, circa March 2005 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:20pm
Image DSC_4319 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00058 Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:15pm Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:15pm
Image ChesterTaps 23 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image RonAndXia 34 Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:05pm Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:05pm
Image ShimSham 76 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:42pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00124 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:59pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:59pm
Image RonAndXia 45 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm

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