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 The History of Black Dance in America (2015) - Friday Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:26pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
Event Norma Miller 99th Birthday Bash Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:28am Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 6:35pm
Event Thixotix Runway Dance Fusion Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:10am Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:45pm
Event Chester Whitmore Dancing in the Hood with the Opus One Big Band Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm
Event CADE performs at 2nd Annual Tango On The Streets Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:25pm
Event LACC Dance Concert Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:09pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:14pm
Event 2005-02-20 - Pan-African American Film and Arts Festival Sunday, February 20, 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 Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:09pm
Event Chester Whitmore in Detroit for tap and jazz Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:08pm

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