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 Thixotix Runway Dance Fusion Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:10am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:45pm
Event CADE performs at 2nd Annual Tango On The Streets Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:25pm
Event Tribute to Chester Whitmore Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:34am Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:35am
Event 2005-05-29 - Praise God In Dance Monday, May 30, 2005 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Archive: The Origins of Black Dance (2014) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:33pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Event 2004-01-20 - Hollywood Park Casino 'Jazz Cool Down' Featuring Linda Hopkins Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 12:00am Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 3:46pm
Event Vernacular Jazz Workshop Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:15pm
Event 2005-04-22 - Swinging In The Hood Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event Sandra Giles: CADE Performs at Sandra Giles Birthday Party Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 7:23pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:23pm
Event The History of Black Dance in America Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:23pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:24pm

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