Jazz Dance Research Roundtable

Vernacular jazz dance is an important, complex, and multi-faceted cultural phenomenon. This panel brings together leading specialists in fields as diverse as history, musicology, and sociology to discuss the current state of jazz dance research, and how their work has been touched by Frankie’s life and legacy. Each panelist has dedicated significant portions of his/her […]

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Norma, Dawn, Chazz: A Conversation

Manu Smith facilitates an intimate conversation with beloved swing dance elders Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, and Chazz Young. They discuss their lives; their relationship with Frankie; and the history, present, and future of Lindy hopping. Panel Leader: Manu Smith. Panelists: Dawn Hampton, Norma Miller, Chazz Young. Date/Time: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 from 3:30pm-5pm Location: Ailey […]

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From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor, 1950s and Beyond

The Savoy Ballroom, which had many dance styles, closed in 1958. The NY Swing Dance Society founded the Cat Club dances in 1985. These exciting “Savoy-and-beyond” dancers bridged the gap between the Savoy and the Swing Renaissance. What is it about the Lindy that inspired them? What influenced their social Lindy hopping? What made their […]

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Frankie’s Music: The State of Swing, Then and Now

A gathering of world-class jazz musicians active in the swing dance community to talk about their understanding of the music of the Swing Era, which inspired the Lindy Hop and Frankie Manning. They also discuss the modern state of live music for dance events. Panel Leader: Adam Lee Panelists: Adrian Cunningham, Wycliffe Gordon, Michael Hashim, […]

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Scene Building Roundtable & Meetup

Organizers around the world who have built swing dance scenes share stories and tips about how they did it. This panel features a wealth of information on how to initiate, develop, and maintain a vibrant and sustainable Lindy hop community. Dances, classes, organization, publicity, finances, successes, lessons learned, and future plans are covered. Please join […]

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