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 Lindy Hop Featured in Life Magazine, August 23, 1943 Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:40am Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:38pm
Link Software Creations Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:17am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:13pm
Link Ballin' The Jack Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:38pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:10am
Link Southern California Lindy Society Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:57pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:10pm
Link Katherine Dunham Video Library and Timeline Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 6:37pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:04am
Link Photos from Swinging In The Hood, March 18th, 2005 Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:55pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:04pm
Basic page About Us Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:37am Monday, January 18, 2016 - 2:28pm
Basic page Beginning Argentine Tango: Volume I Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:56pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Basic page Front Page Monday, June 23, 2008 - 2:10pm Monday, June 23, 2008 - 2:10pm
Basic page Mission Statement Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:51am Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:13pm



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