Central Avenue Dance Ensemble shows the history of black dance

Seats were filled quickly and in a timely manner, the room full of chatter with a buzz of wonder and anticipation for what the performance would show.

Argentine tango, a completely different form of tango from what we see today, was born.

The way the woman moved her hips to the beat of the song and the way the man was so interested in her style and movement.

On Saturday night, El Camino’s Marsee Auditorium held a dance performance for Black History Month about black dance throughout history.

The Central Avenue Dance Ensemble, a multi-age group, was led by Chester Whitmore, artist, director, choreographer and principal dancer.

“Young dancers today (were) very energetic,” Whitmore said of the dancers.

The show featured a number of different dances presented to the audience from Zulu dancing, a tribal dance in Africa, to hip-hop from the early 90s until today.

The intimacy of Argentine tango was definitely felt during the show and one of the most moving dances I found interesting as the theme of the dances throughout the show were more or less abstract – just to show the audience .

Keanu Kaneshiro, a resident of Torrance, was one of the attendees who went, not because of the school, but hearing it from others.

“My friend actually goes to El Camino and he mentioned something about a dance set that’s happening here on campus,” Kaneshiro said.

Kaneshiro loves to dance and although he doesn’t do it anymore, he became interested in what the show had to offer and decided to go see it.

“My favorite dances of the night were tap dancing,” Kaneshiro said. “I think it was much more alive in that second act than in the first.”

Micah Allred, 20, a political major, had attended the dance only because of his dance appreciation class.

“I’m more or less here just because of dance class,” he said. “But I enjoyed some dances, like the Cakewalk and the story behind it.”

During a Q&A after the show, Madonna Grimes (guest star), Whitmore and Ron Parker (director, choreographer, writer, producer and dancer), all said that knowledge is the key to a career. successful dance.

Whitmore said “going out there is one thing, but getting to know the acquaintances is another.”

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