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 Flamingo Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:43pm
Video Embed Groovie Movie Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:42pm
Video Embed Norma Miller's Trickeration Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:51am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:40pm
Video Embed What is Urban Ballroom Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:39pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America - Promo 2012 Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:38pm
Video Embed MaDonna Grimes Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7:29am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:37pm
Video Embed The Parker Walk Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:26pm
Video Embed La Cumparsita Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:24pm
Video Embed Poinciana (Herb Jeffries performance) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:24pm
Video Embed Jitterbug History featuring White's Lindy hoppers Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:22pm

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