Central Ave Dance Ensemble

The Central Avenue 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.

Recent Content: 

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Link Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:50pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:52pm
Link 2007 American Lindy Hop Championships Winners Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:25pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:27pm
Link Orgins of West Coast Swing Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:54pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 12:45pm
Link Clog and Step Dance Festival - 1990 Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:54am
Link Arm Tone Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:35pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:27pm
Link Dance Dimensions Studio Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:47pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:59am
Link What's Steppin? Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:44pm
Link Software Creations Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:17am Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:13pm
Link Ballin' The Jack Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:38pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:10am
Link Southern California Lindy Society Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:57pm Monday, December 31, 2007 - 6:10pm



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