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 The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Sunday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:28pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:42pm
Event 2004-06-19 - A Tribute to the Motown Sound Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 12:00am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:12pm
Event Birth of Swing Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:41pm
Event Opus One Big Band at Rusty's Rhythm Club Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Cotton Club Night - Association of Black Women Physicians Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:35am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:47pm
Event 2005-02-25 - Compton Conservatory of Music Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Unity Praise Dancers and Company Presents: Ignite The Praise 2009 Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Friday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:26pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2011) Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 9:45am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:32pm
Event A Tribute to Norma Miller Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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