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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Image Chester and Charles Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:16pm Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:27pm
Image Chester and the Opus One Band. In Technicolor! Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:59pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:24pm
Video Embed Chester Does Tap, Ballet, Soft Shoe, and Conducts the Band at the Same Time Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm
Image Chester Leads Opus One Big Band at "Swinging in the Hood" - circa Feb/Mar 2005 Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:58pm Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 11:30pm
Image Chester Leads the Opus One Band at "Swinging In The Hood", February 2005 Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:15pm Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:19pm
Event Chester Teaches Lindy Hop at Dance Dimensions Studios Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Book page Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:40pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:21am
Event Chester Whitmore and CentralAveDance at 4th Annual Los Angeles/Leimert Park Theater Festival Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:38pm Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:17pm
Video Embed Chester Whitmore and Rusty Frank - Vaudeville Act 1993 Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:40pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:24pm
Event Chester Whitmore and the Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform at Barbara Morrison's Juneteenth Show Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:48pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:24pm



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