Al Minns

One of the great dancers of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Al Minns was an energetic dancer with a wild, crazy-leg style reminiscent of “Long-Legged George” Grenidge. Minns was in Whitey’s top group, known as The Harlem Congaroos and appeared in the feature film Hellzapoppin’ and in the popular soundie Hot Chocolates. As the youngest dancer in this group, he was particularly fit and flexible. On the initial backstep of his swingout, he formed a striking horizontal plane.


Big Apple (aka Jittering Jitterbugs) (1937)
Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Hot Chocolates(1941)
The Spirit Moves (c.1950)
Jazz Dance (1961)

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