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 DSC_4277 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
Image ChesterTaps 16 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00146 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 10:00pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 10:00pm
Image RonAndXia 109 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm
Image CentralAveSign Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:56pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:56pm
Image RonAndGwen 4 Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:04pm Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:04pm
Image DSC_4309 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
Image ChesterTaps 9 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:02pm
Image PraiseDancePerformance050529 022_0016 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:33pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:33pm
Image SwingingInTheHood050318 00073 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm

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