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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Image DSC_4349 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:16pm
Image DSC_4386 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:11pm
Image DSC_4385 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:10pm
Image DSC_4384 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:09pm
Image DSC_4383 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:09pm
Image DSC_4382 Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:08pm
Image Lori Dances Hip Hop Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:39pm Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:07pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America - Black History Month 2016 Monday, December 28, 2015 - 10:34pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:24pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America - Promo 2012 Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:40pm Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:44pm
Book page Daigo Koide Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:39pm Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:39pm

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