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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Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:30am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:46pm
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:26am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:27am
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:23am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:48pm
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:28am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:46pm
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:25am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:29am
Event Chester Whitmore and CentralAveDance at 4th Annual Los Angeles/Leimert Park Theater Festival Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:38pm Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:17pm
Video Embed Chester Whitmore and Rusty Frank - Vaudeville Act 1993 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:24pm
Event Chester Whitmore and the Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform at Barbara Morrison's Juneteenth Show Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:48pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:24pm
Event Chester Whitmore Dancing in the Hood with the Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Chester Whitmore in Detroit for tap and jazz Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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