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 2005-05-04: Rusty's Rhythm Club Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-05-20: Swinging InThe Hood Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:09pm
Event 2005-05-29 - Praise God In Dance Monday, May 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-09-18 - De Obeah Mon Saturday, September 3, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-10-27 - Dance and African-American Music Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Link 2007 American Lindy Hop Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:25pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:27pm
Link 2007 US Open Swing Dance Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm
Video Embed A Brief History of the Black Roots of Argentine Tango Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 8:16am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
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
Event A Tribute to Norma Miller Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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