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 Ballroom Dance (definition) Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:47pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:47pm
Video Embed Basic Eight-Count Step Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Book page Beatriz Vasquez Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:58am Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:18am
Video Embed Beginning Argentine Tango Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:12am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Basic page Beginning Argentine Tango: Volume I Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:56pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Event Benefit Dance for Kirk Tuey Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Book page Bernadette Sebastian Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:24am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:06am
Book page Bios Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 1:04pm Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:31pm
Event Birth of Swing Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm
Video Embed Blacks in Ballroom (God Bless The Child) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 3:16pm

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