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 Walking Down The Line of Dance Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 2:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Groovie Movie Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:42pm
Video Embed Savoy Ballroom Foxtrot Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 12:37am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Chester Does Tap, Ballet, Soft Shoe, and Conducts the Band at the Same Time Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:57pm
Video Embed Essence of Swing I: Footwork: Steppin in Time Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:00pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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