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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Video Embed Blues Dancing (Swing Style) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Book page Brian Yip Friday, June 19, 2015 - 1:01pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:07am
Video Embed By Your Side Elegant Dance Productions Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 3:09pm
Basic page CADE - Chester's Message Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 9:29pm Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:01pm
Event CADE performs at 2nd Annual Tango On The Streets Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:25pm
Event CADE Performs at USA Dance LA Halloween Ball Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:26pm
Event California Girl Jam 2006 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
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 Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Santa Monica Tango Festival Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 1:08am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:20pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at TV Land Awards after party Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:58am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:21pm

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