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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Book page Jade Jerry Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:50pm Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:52pm
Book page Chelsea Schetter Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:28am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:07am
Book page Five Star Center / Epworth Methodist Church Research Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:25am Friday, January 6, 2017 - 1:18am
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
Book page Rosa Harris Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:40pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:13am
Book page Salvador Corona Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:57am Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 4:02pm
Event 2005-01-08 - Urban Wear Fashion Affair Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:18pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:23pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:24pm
Event Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Santa Monica Tango Festival Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 1:08am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:20pm

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