Harlem on Parade: Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs in Dublin

Guest Post by Karen Campos McCormack This might not be a widely known fact among the Irish Lindy Hopping community, but Frankie Manning was in Dublin in 1937. He was performing with Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs, as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers were billed on this European tour with the Cotton Club Revue. They landed in Dublin following […]

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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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Frankie Manning Foundation History: Background

The idea for the Frankie Manning Foundation came about during the early planning stages of Frankie’s 95th Birthday Festival, when Frankie was still alive. Organizers Buddy Steves, David Jacoby, Tena Morales, and Elliott Donnelley decided that the Festival would be a nonprofit and an all-volunteer endeavor. The vision for the Festival was to bring the […]

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Frankie Manning Foundation History: Background

The idea for the Frankie Manning Foundation came about during the early planning stages of Frankie’s 95th Birthday Festival, when Frankie was still alive. Organizers Buddy Steves, David Jacoby, Tena Morales, and Elliott Donnelley decided that the Festival would be a nonprofit and an all-volunteer endeavor. The vision for the Festival was to bring the […]

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