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 2005-05-29 - Praise God In Dance Monday, May 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:23pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:24pm
Event 2005-04-22 - Swinging In The Hood Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:13pm
Event 2004-01-20 - Hollywood Park Casino 'Jazz Cool Down' Featuring Linda Hopkins Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event 2004-03-01 - Maxwell's in the Argyle Hotel Monday, March 1, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:13pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Santa Monica Tango Festival Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 1:08am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:20pm
Event 2005-05-04: Rusty's Rhythm Club Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event California Girl Jam 2006 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Norma Miller Honored at 30th Annual IABD Conference Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:07pm Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:49am

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