Frankie Manning’s Favorite Steps

Thank you to the 9:20 Special in San Francisco for this guest post. They’re organizing a Frankie Celebration as part of Frankie Month in May and this list of Frankie’s Favorite Steps is part of that effort.  Initially Compiled by Laura Jeffers, Edited by Rik Panganiban, April 2016 With Frankie Manning’s birthday coming up, some of us […]

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Frankie Manning on Broadway

Just a few years after Frankie Manning retired from the Post Office, when the momentum of the swing dance revival was just starting to build, he was approached by two Broadway producers who were bringing the Paris production of “Black and Blue” to Broadway. They had heard that Frankie was an original dancer of the Harlem […]

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Lindy Hop for All: Interviews and Oral History of the Frankie Manning Foundation

Interviews conducted & article written by Dan Gorman The Frankie Manning Foundation only came into existence six years ago, but today it is at the forefront of the global swing dance scene. Frankie Manning was one of the originators of the lindy hop at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, and he later played a pivotal […]

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FMF Ambassador Kevin Harris Continues Grandfather’s Legacy

Our FMF Ambassadors are special people. They are talented dancers, of course, but they are also trailblazers – they are introducing Lindy hop in new communities which may not have even heard of it before. They are naturally curious and they are lifetime learners. And they are also very generous teachers, sharing what they know. […]

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Mother City Hop

Guest Post by Brendan Argent  In the 1940s, musicians in Sophiatown (South Africa) started playing swing music in the style of the American big bands they heard on the radio. Before long, the neighbourhood became know as ‘Little Harlem’. This South African swing had a very distinctive flavour as the (often homemade) penny whistles and […]

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The “Frankie Moves” Video Project

Thank you to Sing Lim for initiating this project, capturing different dancers’ special memories of Frankie Manning. Åsa Heedman   Catrine Ljunggren Chester Whitmore Daniel Heedman   Elliott Donnelley Fish (Jan Forsell)   Juan Villafane   Julie Oram     Lennart Westerlund   Matt Bedell   Marcus & Bärbl   Ramona Staffeld Ryan Francois Do you have […]

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Swing! the Musical – Then & Now

By Mandi Gould  As a long time Lindy Hopper and “professional Lindy Hop volunteer”, when I travel it’s usually related to swing dancing in some way. For the past eighteen and a half years, most of my voyages have been made with the explicit purpose of dancing. On the rare occasion that I take a non-dance […]

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Lindy Hop DJ Corner: You Should DJ Big Band Music

The Frankie Manning Foundation is pleased to welcome guest bloggers on a variety of subjects. Kicking off our new Lindy Hop DJ Corner is Michael Gamble:    HELLO, MICHAEL GAMBLE HERE I want to talk to you, dancers and DJ’s, about my passion for big band music. Mostly, I want you to fall in love with […]

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The Harlem Swing Dance Society – The Harlem SWOP! The Latest News and FYI from Harlem

Contributed by Barbara Jones Greetings from Harlem!  Spring and a rebirth of energy is upon us all: here is the latest from the place where Lindy Hop all began…. with The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS). Bad News but Good News – The Renaissance Casino and Ballroom Sadly close to 5,000 signatures and the work […]

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