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 10th American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT) Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:58pm
Image "Swinging in the Hood" Ganstas and their Moll Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:57pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:04pm
Blog entry "Swing" Music at the US Swing Open? Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 1:11am Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:17pm
Event "HEALING THROUGH MUSIC" STRAIGHT JAZZ WITH A SPLASH OF BLUES Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 6:32pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:17pm
Event Cotton Club Night - Association of Black Women Physicians Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:35am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:47pm

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