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 Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:40pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:21am
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
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 Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Book page Atiya El Amin Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:39am Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 4:01pm
Book page Beatriz Vasquez Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:58am Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:18am
Book page Salvador Corona Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:57am Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 4:02pm
Book page Bios Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 1:04pm Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:31pm
Event Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2011) Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 9:45am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:32pm
Image DSC_4379 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm

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