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 2005-01-28 - 17th Annual International Association of Blacks In Dance Conference Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
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 The Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event 2005-01-08 - Urban Wear Fashion Affair Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:18pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club in LA Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:18pm
Event Dancing in the Hood with Chester Whitmore and Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Mademoiselle Sing, Sing, Sing: An Urban Musical Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Chester Whitmore and CentralAveDance at 4th Annual Los Angeles/Leimert Park Theater Festival Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:38pm Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:17pm
Event 2004-12-03 - Swinging In The Hood Dance w/ Chester Whitmore's Opus One Band. Friday, December 3, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:51pm

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