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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Video Embed The Truth (About Success) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:26am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:52pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume V Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:15pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Chicago Style Step - Chester Whitmore Style Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:16pm
Video Embed Parker Walk Fundamentals: Connection Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 5:03pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Ain't That Something to Shout About Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:24am
Video Embed The Parker Walk Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:26pm



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