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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Link Vintage Videos Friday, July 13, 2007 - 12:30pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
Link The Great Black Way: L.A.'s Central Avenue in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:08pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:38pm
Link Central Avenue (Los Angeles) Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:15pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:51pm
Link Collins Productions Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 11:36am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:30pm
Link Dance Downtown (LA) Schedule Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:16pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:52pm
Link Stepper's Internet Connection Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:27pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:50pm
Link Third Street Swingers (Swing on the 3rd Street Promenade) Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:09pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:48pm
Basic page Motor City Jam 2007 - Chester and Cheryl Dancing Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 4:10am Monday, November 12, 2007 - 2:27pm
Link What's Steppin? Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm
Link Ballroom Dance (definition) Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:47pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:47pm

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