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 Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2012) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:37pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:36pm
Event CADE Performs at USA Dance LA Halloween Ball Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:26pm
Event 2004-12-18 - Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach Friday, December 17, 2004 - 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
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 Queen of Swing Documentary hosted by Norma Miller with the Woody Woods Quartet (Las Vegas, NV) Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Chester Whitmore and the Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform at Barbara Morrison's Juneteenth Show Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:48pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:24pm
Event 2004-09-04 African Marketplace Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-05-29 - Praise God In Dance Monday, May 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2005-04-22 - Swinging In The Hood Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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