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 Lindy Hop Featured in Life Magazine, August 23, 1943 Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:40am Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:38pm
Image Reggie Teaches Hip Hop Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:37pm
Image RonAndXia 90 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:31pm
Image RonAndXia 113 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Image RonAndXia 42 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:16pm Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:28pm
Image RonAndXia 89 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:59pm
Image RonAndXia 88 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:59pm
Image RonAndXia 87 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:58pm
Image RonAndXia 86 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:58pm
Image RonAndXia 85 Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:17pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:57pm

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