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 Third Street Swingers (Swing on the 3rd Street Promenade) Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:09pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:48pm
Link Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:50pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:52pm
Basic page Motor City Jam 2007 - Chester and Cheryl Dancing Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 4:10am Monday, November 12, 2007 - 2:27pm
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
Basic page Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Bios (Old) Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:31am Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:03am
Basic page Essence of Swing I: Beginning Lindy Hop with Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 9:38pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Basic page CADE - Chester's Message Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 9:29pm Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:01pm

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