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 2005-01-21 - Swinging In The Hood Dance Friday, January 21, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:19pm
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 CHESTER WHITMORE'S TAP & JAZZ REVUE at Union Station Los Angeles Monday, July 3, 2017 - 5:50pm Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:25am
Event 2005-02-26 - Swinging With The Stars Dance Workshop and Event Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Dunham Tradition Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Event 2004-01-11 - Monsoon's In Santa Monica Opening Night Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 12:00am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Chester Whitmore Dancing in the Hood with the Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Tribute to Sam Cooke Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:40pm Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:22pm
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

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