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 Xanadu Sing-Along Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:14pm
Event LAUSD Ballroom Instruction Fundraiser Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:12pm
Event Archive: The Origins of Black Dance (2014) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:33pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Event Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2012) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:37pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:36pm
Video Embed A FOXTROT Mr Maxwell Stewart and Miss Barbara Miles demonstrate their fox-trot. Monday, November 2, 2009 - 4:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Basic page Beginning Argentine Tango: Volume I Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:56pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Parker Walk Fundamentals: Embrace and Walking Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:13pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume V Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:15pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Parker Walk Fundamentals: Connection Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 5:03pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume III Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 7:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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