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 Dance Fusion Fundraiser Dance Monday, August 8, 2016 - 5:47pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:54pm
Event 2005-02-20 - New Creation Christian Faith Center Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Chester Whitmore and the Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform at Barbara Morrison's Juneteenth Show Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:48pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:24pm
Event LAUSD Ballroom Instruction Fundraiser Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:12pm
Event CentralAveDance at The 5th Annual Uview Media Group Honor Awards 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:15pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:18pm
Event L.A. Trade Tech Dance Ensemble Reunion '06 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:10pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America - Black History Month 2016 Monday, December 28, 2015 - 10:34pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:24pm
Event 2005-02-18 - Swingin In The Hood Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:01pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at TV Land Awards after party Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:58am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:21pm
Event Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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