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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Video Embed Chester Whitmore and Rusty Frank - Vaudeville Act 1993 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:24pm
Video Embed Holiday for Swing (Performance) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Rock On! Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 4:03pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America - Promo 2012 Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:38pm
Video Embed 1929 Smooth Foxtrot by Carsani & Lennard Monday, November 2, 2009 - 4:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Leap Frog (Vintage) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Blacks in Ballroom (God Bless The Child) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 3:16pm
Video Embed Norma Miller's Trickeration Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:51am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:40pm
Video Embed Gotta Dance - Frankie95 Time Square Dance Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:25pm Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:43pm
Video Embed West Coast Swing (The Beginning) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm

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