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 Central Avenue (Los Angeles) Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:15pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:51pm
Basic page Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Bios (Old) Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 11:31am Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:03am
Video Embed Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Promotional Video Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Central Avenue Dance Ensemble Video - Maxwell's in the Argyle Hotel, March 2004 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Image Central Avenue Dance Ensemble with Fayard Nicholas and Chester Whitmore. National Tap Day, 2004, World Park, Thousand Oaks, CA Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 2:31pm Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 2:31pm
Image CentralAveSign Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:56pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:56pm
Image Chanda Lear and her Baby Boo at "Swinging in the Hood" - circa Feb/Mar 2005 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:57pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:29pm
Image Chanda Lear and the Opus One Band. In Technicolor! Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:29pm
Image Chanda Lear and the Opus One Band. In Technicolor! Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:00pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:30pm
Book page Chelsea Schetter Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:28am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:07am

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