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 Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:13pm
Video Embed The Central Ave Cotillion Dance Ensemble Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 3:31pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Kirk Dances at His Benefit (Swinging All Day) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed From Swing To Steppin: A Very Brief History of Swing Friday, August 21, 2009 - 1:50am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Promotional Video Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Foxtrot from 1920s Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:26pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Blues Dancing (Swing Style) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed By Your Side Elegant Dance Productions Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 3:09pm
Video Embed Parker Walk Fundamentals Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:21pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Toni's Greatest Hits Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:01pm

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