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 Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume I Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Love Letter (Chester Whitmore) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed La Cumparsita Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed A Brief History of the Black Roots of Argentine Tango Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 8:16am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed The Kissing Bandit Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:31pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:54pm
Video Embed Beginning Argentine Tango Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:12am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Why is Stepping Called 'Stepping'? Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Jitterbug History featuring White's Lindy hoppers Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed From Swing To Steppin: Beginning Chicago Style Step Dance Course Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 12:11pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Essence of Swing I: Introduction Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:33pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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