Ambassador Program

The Frankie Manning Lindy Hop Ambassador Scholarships

To apply for the Ambassador Scholarship to Herräng or any of the other scholarship programs, please read this page and then fill out the Initial Data Form.

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Purpose of the Ambassador Program

Frankie Manning, known as “the Ambassador of Lindy hop,” accomplished much in his long and rich life yet did not feel his personal mission was completed until people were dancing the Lindy hop all around the world. Frankie is gone, but the popularity of the dance continues to grow. To encourage this continued growth, and fulfill Frankie’s dream, the Frankie Manning Foundation has established a scholarship fund to develop new Ambassadors of Lindy hop who will bring the dance to new populations, both around the world and in African-American communities in the US.

African-American Lindy Hoppers

Although the Lindy hop originated in Harlem, there is very little Lindy hop dancing in predominantly African-American communities. The Foundation would like to support the growth and development of dancers, organizers and teachers who have good roots in those communities and can help nurture an interest in Lindy hop.

New Lindy Hop Communities

Similarly, the Foundation would like to support dancers who are building Lindy hop in new communities all over the world.

Specifically, recipients of the Herräng Dance Camp Ambassador Scholarships will come from one of the following groups:

  • People with strong ties to African-American communities throughout the USA
  • Persons representing new geographical areas outside the USA where Lindy hop is in a very early stage of adoption and development.
  • Youngsters who have participated in our youth programs
  • All Herräng participants must be at least 21 years of age. 

Scholarships generally include round-trip transportation, basic room and board, full classroom and activity participation in the dance camp. Please go to the Herräng Dance Camp website to learn more about the camp.

Who Should Apply?

The successful candidate will demonstrate great desire, natural ability and leadership qualities but may not have access to learning resources or the financial means to pursue and develop their dancing to its full potential. This year applications for Herräng Dance Camp must be submitted between Sept. 1 and Nov.30, 2019. Decisions will be announced in January, 2020. Schedule for admission to other camps varies.

Successful candidates for the Herräng Scholarships are remarkable Lindy hoppers who:

  • Display a passion for Lindy hop
  • Demonstrate an unwavering desire for excellence; to learn and grow as a Lindy hopper
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership abilities within the community with a special focus on outreach to newcomers to the Lindy hop community
  • Are driven to perpetuate Lindy hop by spreading their own knowledge and inspiring others with their passion
  • Value the historic authenticity of Lindy hop dancing and music and are driven to perpetuate Lindy Hop culture by spreading their own knowledge and inspiring others
  • Embrace the close relationship between the music and the dance
  • Believe in maintaining a true community among dancers based on mutual respect and a cooperative spirit

 

To apply for the Ambassador Scholarship to Herräng or any of the other scholarship programs, please take the first step and fill out the Initial Data Form. Once the form is completed, applicants will receive instructions for completing the full application, which can include a personal statement, recommendations and videos.

Frankie Manning Ambassadors

2019 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
Ana Lisa Sutherland – Seattle WA
Cyle Dixon – Cleveland OH
T J Jazz – Madrid, Spain
Tyedric Hill – Columbus OH

Mozambique Afro Swing Exchange
Atite Pesca – Kampala, Uganda

Beantown Camp
Ian Monroe – New Orleans LA
Jamica Zion – Atlanta GA
Lule Desheilds – Berkeley CA
Phil Attoh-Okine – Newark DE
Rayshon Moore –  Baltimore MD

Lindy Focus
Jamica Zion

Swingin’ at the Savoy 2019
Lule Deshields – Berkeley, CA
2018 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
Breonna Jordan – New Orleans LA
Darold Alexander – New Orleans LA
Kevin Harris – Dallas TX
Manuel Jose Manhica – Maputo, Mozambique
Roy Romero Vivanco – Guadalahara, Mexico

Mozambique Afro Swing Exchange
Okurut George – Kampala, Uganda

Beantown Camp
Chisomo Selemani – Cleveland OH
Dee Daniels Locke – Minneapolis MN

SwingOut New Hampshire
Rayshon Moore – Baltimore MD
Sharmaine Johnson – Baltimore MD

Lindy Focus
Jacie Moninghoff – San Francisco CA

Swingin’ at the Savoy 2018
Faye Romero – Berkeley, CA
Traci Bartlow – Oakland, CA
2017 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
Ursula Hicks – Dallas TX
Shana Weaver – New York NY
Laura Bel & Alex Molla – Santiago, Chile
Karin Farreyrol and Shehan Jayasekera – Réunion, (L)Indian Ocean

Lindyfest
James Pitre – Houston TX

Camp Jitterbug
Jennifer Gilles – Portland OR

Beantown Camp
Joshua Chibidele-Eze – Atlanta GA

SwingOut New Hampshire
Rayshon Moore – Baltimore MD
Sidney Vault – New York NY

New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Darold Alexander – New Orleans LA
Breonna Jordan – New Orleans LA

Lindy Focus
Darold Alexander – New Orleans LA

Breonna Jordan – New Orleans LA

2016 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
LaTasha Barnes – Washington DC
Shelby Johnson – Dallas TX
Krunal Waghela – Mumbai, India
Hussam Jarayseh – Bet Sahur, Palestine
Weiming Zeng – Beijing, China

Lindyfest
Danielle Eley – Los Angeles CA
Simone Hill – Houston TX

Beantown Camp
Shana Weaver – New York NY
Angelica Flores – Santiago, Chile (partial)
Steven Plummer – Brooklyn NY (partial)

SwingOut New Hampshire
Michelle Stokes – Tulsa OK
Brandon Barker – New York NY (Youth)
Alexis Davila – Cleveland OH (Youth)
Rayshon Moore – Baltimore MD (Youth)

American Lindy Hop Championships
Justine Diggs – Harrisburg PA
Eric Moncell Durden Jr – Harrisburg PA

2015 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
Muriel and Brendan Argent – Capetown, South Africa
Adam Milligan – Belfast, No. Ireland
Tamisha Anthony – NY, NY, USA
Joshua McLean – Seattle, WA, USA, Graduate of FMF Youth Program
Rafal Pustelny – NY, NY USA/Poland, Graduate of FMF Youth Program

Herräng – Partial Assistance
Alexis Davila – Cleveland OH
Cyle Dixon – Cleveland OH

LindyFest
Rehema Trimiew – NY, NY

Camp Jitterbug
Traci Bartlow – Oakland, CA
Kevin Harris – LA,CA/ Dallas, TX

Beantown Camp
Brendon Barker – NY, NY
Angelica Flores Rodriguez – Santiago, Chile
Steven Plummer – NY, NY

Swing Out New Hampshire
Michelle Stokes – Tulsa, OK
Samuel Coleman – NY, NY

Orient Lindy Express – Istanbul, Turkey
Aida Ali Kleibo – Jerusalem
Hussam Jarayseh – Beit Sahour, Palestine

2014 Ambassador Scholarships

Herräng Dance Camp
Breai Mason-Campbell – Baltimore MD
Nick Davis – Eugene OR
Herräng – Partial assistance:
Halaze Manhice – Maputo, Mozambique
Jophael Banda – Zambia
LoPao Aviles – Mexico City, Mexico
Paulo Inácio Pereira – Maputo, Mozambique

Beantown Camp
Kristin Jackson – New York NY
Justin Davis – Providence RI
Marcus Smith – Washington DC
Trendylon Veal – Washington DC
Ruchi Aviles – Mexico City, Mexico

Beantown – Partial Assistance:
Alexis Davila – Cleveland OH
Cyle Dixon – Cleveland OH
Joshua McLean – Houston TX
Rafal Pustelny – New York NY

Swing Out New Hampshire
LaTasha Barnes – Washington DC
Steven Plummer – New York NY

Frankie 100
Abril Anchondo Reynaga – New York NY
Alexis Davila – Cleveland OH
Brandon Barker – New York NY
Breai Mason-Campbell – Baltimore MD
Christine Gatchalian – London, Great Britain
Cyle Dixon – Cleveland OH
Davontai Bradford – Tulsa OK
Elias José Manhiça – Maputo, Mozambique
Joshua McLean – Houston TX
LaTasha Barnes – Washington DC
Michelle Stokes -Tulsa OK
Mirjam Tonnaer – Utrecht, Netherlands
Rafal Pustelny – New York NY
Rehema Trimiew – New York NY
Steven Plummer – New York NY
Tara Crichlow – Oakland CA

2013 Ambassador Scholarship Winners

Herräng Dance Camp
Itay Skutelsky – Jerusalem, Israel
Omar Myers – Baltimore, MD
Ray Davis – New York, NY
Tenzin Dolker – Dharamsala, India

Beantown Camp
Alexis Davila – Cleveland OH
Cyle Dixon Jr – Cleveland OH
Rafel Pustelny – New York NY

2012 Ambassador Scholarship Winners

Herräng Dance Camp
Andrea Camai Gordon, Tustin, CA, USA
Fernando Valoi (Nando), Maputo, Mozambique
Lin Han-Wei (Velo), Taichung City, Taiwan
Kang Seok Kim (Adamas), Seoul, South Korea

Beantown Camp
Joshua McLean, Edmonds, WA, USA
Lehua Hackett, Phoenicia, NY, USA
Merika Jones, Brooklyn, NY, USA
ILHC Youth Program

2011 Ambassador Scholarship Winners

Herräng Dance Camp
Denise Serpa, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Luiz Martins, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Jerry Foote, Houston, Texas, USA
Traci Bartlow, Oakland, California, USA
Jamin Jackson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Samuel Coleman, New York, New York, USA

ILHC Youth Program

 

For information please contact info@frankiemanningfoundation.org