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 Chester Teaches Lindy Hop at Dance Dimensions Studios Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event LAUSD Ballroom Instruction Fundraiser Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:12pm
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 Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm
Event 2005-02-20 - New Creation Christian Faith Center Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event L.A. Trade Tech Dance Ensemble Reunion '06 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:10pm
Event Tribute to Chester Whitmore Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:34am Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:35am
Event Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Motor City Jam Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm

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