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 The Great Black Way: L.A.'s Central Avenue in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:08pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 5:38pm
Link Vintage Videos Friday, July 13, 2007 - 12:30pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:16pm
Link Savoy Ballroom: A place where African Americans Shined Monday, July 9, 2007 - 12:27pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:04pm
Link Fumi Strums Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 12:16am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:15pm
Article Choreography for 2010 Dance: "God Bless The Child" Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:33am Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 2:14pm
Link Software Creations Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:17am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:13pm
Link Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:35pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:57am
Link What is Lindy Hop? Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 11:00pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:03pm
Link Swing Revival and Black Folks Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:58pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:11pm
Link Southern California Lindy Society Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:57pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:10pm



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