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.

Recent Content: 

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Link Fumi Strums Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 12:16am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:15pm
Link Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:35pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:57am
Link Swing Revival and Black Folks Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:58pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:11pm
Link African-American Contribution to Theatrical Dance Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:33pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:09am
Link Savoy Ballroom: A place where African Americans Shined Monday, July 9, 2007 - 12:27pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:04pm
Link Footage of Adele Astaire Friday, June 27, 2008 - 1:42am Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:37am
Link What is Lindy Hop? Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 11:00pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:03pm
Link History of the History of Black Dance Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 11:37am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Link Central Avenue (Los Angeles) Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:15pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:51pm
Link History of Swing (From CentralHome.com) Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:48pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:59pm



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