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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Book page Kiana Stringfield Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:46pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:10am
Book page Chelsea Schetter Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:28am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:07am
Book page Brian Yip Friday, June 19, 2015 - 1:01pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:07am
Book page Bernadette Sebastian Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:24am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:06am
Basic page About Us Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:37am Monday, January 18, 2016 - 2:28pm
Book page Interviews with Chester Whitmore Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:48pm Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:48pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Friday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:26pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Saturday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:27pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Sunday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:28pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:42pm
Video Embed Norma Miller and the Congeroos in Duke Ellington's Hot Chocolate Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 6:18pm

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