Ambassador Program

The Frankie Manning Lindy Hop Ambassador Scholarships

A Project of the Frankie Manning Foundation in collaboration with Herräng Dance Camp, Beantown Camp, SwingOut New Hampshire, ILHC, LindyFest, New Orleans Swing Dance Festival and others

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.

Background of the 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.

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 and teachers who have good roots in those communities and can help nurture an interest in Lindy hop.

Similarly, the Foundation would like to find and support dancers who are building Lindy hop in new communities all over the world. Through our Youth Program, the Foundation is also ensuring the growth of Lindy hop in new generations.

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 Herrang Dance Camp must be submitted between Sept. 1 and Nov.30, 2018. Decisions will be announced in January, 20189. Schedule for admission to other camps varies.

Specifically, recipients of the Herrang 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 Herrang 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. For camps located in the USA, the transportation provided is from within the USA. Please go to each camp’s website to learn more about what is offered: 

Successful candidates for the Herrang 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

Candidates for all programs should possess many of the characteristics that Frankie Manning himself embodied:

  • dedication; to the preservation and perpetuation of the lindy hop
  • passion; demonstrate an intense desire to learn and grow
  • humility; like Frankie, persons who exhibit altruism and focus on the perpetuation of the dance
  • inclusivity; respect for Lindy hoppers of all diverse backgrounds: geographic, ethnic, socio-economic, age, ability, etc.
  • leadership; the ability to inspire others

 

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

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

Beantown Camp

Rayshon Moore

SwingOut New Hampshire 

TBA

Lindy Focus

TBA

 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

Camp Jitterbug

Jennifer Gilles

Beantown Camp

Joshua Chibidele-Eze

SwingOut New Hampshire 

Rayshon Moore
Sidney Vault

New Orleans Swing Dance Festival

Darold Alexander
Breonna Jordan

Lindy Focus

Darold Alexander
Breonna Jordan

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