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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Video Embed HBDA 2012 Friday, April 20, 2012 - 1:57am Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:59pm
Basic page Mission Statement Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:51am Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:13pm
Book page Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:40pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:21am
Article Reginald Thornton Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 4:58pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:19am
Book page Beatriz Vasquez Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:58am Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:18am
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
Article Ron Parker Monday, June 7, 2010 - 3:42pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:14am
Event Tribute to Chester Whitmore Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:34am Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:35am
Link Lindy Hop Featured in Life Magazine, August 23, 1943 Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:40am Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:38pm
Image Reggie Teaches Hip Hop Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:37pm

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