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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Article Reginald Thornton Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 4:58pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:19am
Article Ron Parker Monday, June 7, 2010 - 3:42pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:14am
Article Choreography for 2010 Dance: "God Bless The Child" Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:33am Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 2:14pm
Blog entry "Swing" Music at the US Swing Open? Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 1:11am Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:17pm
Blog entry You Never Know Who You're Dancing Dancing With Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:01pm Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:01pm
Blog entry Do I have a Degree in Dance? Monday, January 21, 2008 - 2:22pm Monday, January 21, 2008 - 2:22pm
Blog entry Cuban Motion in Poinciana Choreography Monday, January 7, 2008 - 5:37am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Blog entry Lack of Etiquette in the Salsa Crowd Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 11:14am Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 11:44am
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
Book page Bernadette Sebastian Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:24am Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:06am

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