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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Link Info on Toy and Wing Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 12:01am Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:35am
Link Dance Downtown (LA) Schedule Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:16pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:52pm
Link Vintage Videos Friday, July 13, 2007 - 12:30pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
Link Stepper's Internet Connection Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:27pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:50pm
Link How To Dress For Dancing Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:49pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:55pm
Link The Great Black Way: L.A.'s Central Avenue in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:08pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:38pm
Link Origins Of Swing Dancing Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:52pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:48pm
Link 2007 US Open Swing Dance Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm
Basic page Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Bios (Old) Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:31am Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:03am
Basic page Essence of Swing I: Beginning Lindy Hop with Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 9:38pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm



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