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 Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2012) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:37pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:36pm
Event Archive: The Origins of Black Dance (2014) Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:33pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 2:39pm
Video Embed HBDA 2012 Friday, April 20, 2012 - 1:57am Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:59pm
Event CADE performs at 2nd Annual Tango On The Streets Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:25pm
Event CADE Performs at USA Dance LA Halloween Ball Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:58pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:26pm
Link History of the History of Black Dance Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 11:37am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Book page Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:40pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:21am
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
Video Embed A Brief History of the Black Roots of Argentine Tango Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 8:16am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed Urban Roundtable TV Interview Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:22am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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