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 Baby, Work Out! Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume IV Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:15pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Lucky Numbers (Nicholas Brothers) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed MaDonna Grimes Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7:29am Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:37pm
Video Embed Waltz: Anya and Danny Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:58pm
Video Embed Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Day Dream (Chester Whitmore) Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Video Embed Absolute Beginner's Guide to Swing: Volume II Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 6:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
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
Video Embed Baby It's Cold Outside Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:45pm

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