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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

Swingin’ Frankie’s Way – The Frankie Show at the Apollo Theater

Whether you’re watching it again or seeing it for the first time, the show directed by Chester Whitmore that took place at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater last May 22nd, 2014 as part of Frankie 100 was a truly historic presentation. A video to the entire full length show follows the program. Enjoy! Download the Program. […]

Read More…

The Harlem Swing Dance Society – What’s Happening in Harlem

Contributed by Barbara Jones Hello all!  If you’ve been watching the weather its been EXTREMELY frigid in NYC – almost debilitating!  Despite this life goes on, and The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) has interesting news to share.    We missed you in the February Issue so here is a combined update on topics and […]

Read More…

Ambassador Update: Traci Bartlow

News from Traci Bartlow (Herrång Ambassador, 2011) : This past summer, New York City youngsters in a Harlem, Queens and Staten Island were wowed by a show called, “B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove”,  a lecture/demonstration/performance that shows the connection of Hip Hop dance and the dances of the Harlem Renaissance including, of course, Lindy hop.  […]

Read More…

Ambassador Update: Samuel Coleman

Spreading the Joy of Lindy Hop Samuel Coleman (Herrang Ambassador, 2011) of New York City is an impeccably dressed vintage fashion plate – and so much more.  He continuously attracts new African-American dancers of all ages into lindy hop through his classes in Harlem and his outreach to dancers at Alvin Ailey School, where he works. Samuel […]

Read More…