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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Image ShimSham 16 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:41pm
Image Percy, Ron and Eroc posing in lobby of the Old Church, circa March 2005 Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 12:40pm
Image SwingArizonaTrip 00137 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 10:00pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 10:00pm
Image RonAndXia 86 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:58pm
Image DSC_4356 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm
Image _E8F4465 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:19pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:19pm
Image RonAndXia 7 Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:05pm Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 8:05pm
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