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 Oh, Babe! (Chester Whitmore with Peter Loggins) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume III Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 7:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed HBDA 2012 Friday, April 20, 2012 - 1:57am Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:59pm
Video Embed Kirk's Get Well Video Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:17pm
Video Embed Come Get to This Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 11:08pm Friday, August 14, 2009 - 2:58pm
Video Embed Love Letter (Chester Whitmore) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume I Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
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 La Cumparsita Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm

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