Chester Whitmore interview with TheActorsChoice
Posted by somebody on Monday, 20 April 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 11:00am
Please join #TheActorsChoice on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST, as choreographer, dancer, #ChesterWhitmore and artistic director, producer #caryndesai talk with host #RonBrewington.
Chester Whitmore has been dancing since 1974 and a protege of Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers) Chester has been dancing his way around the world. These days he is a dancer, teacher, performer, choreographer, director, stunt man and entertainer. His choreography can be seen in music videos for Boys II Men, Sugar Ray, Teena Marie as well as working with artists such as Savion Glover, MC Hammer, Prince and many more. Also a highly renowned drummer and band leader he has worked with some of the best in the entertainment industry.
He has performed with his dance company, Black Ballet Jazz, and with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. His musical range is from pop to Old School, where he has worked with many of the great performers entertainers in the industries of jazz, Cab Calloway, Mercer Ellington, Les Brown, Louie Bellson, Miles Davis, John Hendricks, Eartha Kitt, The Ink Spots, Barbara Morrison and Kenny Burrell, just to name a few. Chester exudes boundless positive energy and passion for dance and is a born entertainer. His contributions have been far too many to name them all.
He has choreographed 5 major television shows in 80s and 90s: NAACP - 7 years; The Soul of American Music - 6 years; The Miss Collegiate Afro-American pageant-5 years; Stomp - 3 years; Dick Clark rock'em sock'em New Year's Eve-3 years. His Choreography work includes: The Night Stalker - 1970; Freebie and the Bean; Killer Email with James Cann; The Octagon with Chuck Norris; Who Am I - with Jackie Chan; Tuxedo - Jackie Chan; Blade 2; Taps with Gregory Hines; Strange Days; Winchell HBO; Smooth Criminal; The 13th Floor; Tower of Terror, and many, many others. Mr. Whitmore was one of the first vernacular dance companies that toured the world 27 times.
He also performed with The Black Ballet Jazz and is now mentoring two other dance companies, Central Avenue Dance Ensemble and the LA Swing Dance Posse. He also lectures and performs with the Smithsonian Jazzmaster Orchestra, and has been teaching the world's largest Dance camps in Europe, Herrang Dance Camp for 28 years. Some call him a walking encyclopedia of Jazz Music and Dance, One of the few that execute positive energy and passion for the dance, and a born entertainer.
His mentors name him: "The Lord of The Swing"