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 Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club in LA Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:18pm
Event "HEALING THROUGH MUSIC" STRAIGHT JAZZ WITH A SPLASH OF BLUES Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 6:32pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:17pm
Event LACC Dance Concert Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event Motor City Jam Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event L.A. Trade Tech Dance Ensemble Reunion '06 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:10pm
Event 2004-01-11 - Monsoon's In Santa Monica Opening Night Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 12:00am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event 10th American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT) Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm
Event AfricaDance & Drum Conference Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:55pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:55pm
Event Dance Fusion: Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform Tango Routine at Dance Fusion in Inglewood Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 3:12pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:49pm
Event Parkinson's: Ron performs at the Parkinson's Resource Organization Fundraiser Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:09am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:48pm

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