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 Clog and Step Dance Festival - 1990 Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am
Link 2007 US Open Swing Dance Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:15pm
Link 2007 American Lindy Hop Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:25pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:27pm
Blog entry "Swing" Music at the US Swing Open? Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 1:11am Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:17pm
Link Katherine Dunham Video Library and Timeline Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 6:37pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:04am
Image Ron and Olu at ALHC 2007 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 7:30pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:00pm
Image Ron and Jeff at Alpine Village, October 2007 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 8:16pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 8:59pm
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Image _E8F4318 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:18pm

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