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 Tribute to Sam Cooke Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:40pm Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:22pm
Event AfricaDance & Drum Conference Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:55pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:55pm
Event 2005-02-20 - Pan-African American Film and Arts Festival Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event LACC Dance Concert Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event Chester Whitmore in Detroit for tap and jazz Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
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 2005-01-28 - 17th Annual International Association of Blacks In Dance Conference Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Xanadu Sing-Along Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:14pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Saturday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:27pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event The Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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