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 Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2011) Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 9:45am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:32pm
Event 2005-01-08 - Urban Wear Fashion Affair Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:18pm
Event Dancing in the Hood with Chester Whitmore and Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Thixotix Runway Dance Fusion Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:10am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:45pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America - Black History Month 2016 Monday, December 28, 2015 - 10:34pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:24pm
Event Mademoiselle Sing, Sing, Sing: An Urban Musical Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Archive: The Origins of Black Dance (2014) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:33pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Event CADE performs at 2nd Annual Tango On The Streets Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:25pm
Event 2004-12-03 - Swinging In The Hood Dance w/ Chester Whitmore's Opus One Band. Friday, December 3, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:51pm
Event 2005-09-18 - De Obeah Mon Saturday, September 3, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm

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