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 2004-05-22 - 2004 National Tap Day Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-01-21 - Swinging In The Hood Dance Friday, January 21, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:19pm
Event Parkinson's: Ron performs at the Parkinson's Resource Organization Fundraiser Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:09am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:48pm
Event 2005-03-07 - Salute to African-American Arts and Culture Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Dancing in the Hood with Chester Whitmore and the Opus One Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Lord of the Swing Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:32pm Monday, September 12, 2016 - 1:57pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Saturday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:27pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event Dunham Tradition Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Event Harlem Nights Steppers Ball Monday, August 16, 2010 - 4:20pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:46pm
Event 2005-02-26 - Swinging With The Stars Dance Workshop and Event Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm

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