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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Type Title Post date Updated/commented datesort ascending
Event 2004-03-01 - Maxwell's in the Argyle Hotel Monday, March 1, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:13pm
Event 2004-06-19 - A Tribute to the Motown Sound Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:12pm
Event 2005-05-20: Swinging InThe Hood Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:09pm
Event 2005-02-18 - Swingin In The Hood Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:01pm
Event Lord of the Swing Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:32pm Monday, September 12, 2016 - 1:57pm
Event Dance Fusion Fundraiser Dance Monday, August 8, 2016 - 5:47pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:54pm
Event Birth of Swing Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm
Video Embed What is Urban Ballroom Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm
Basic page CADE - Chester's Message Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 9:29pm Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:01pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:23pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:24pm

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