Frankie 100 took place in New York City May 22nd to 26th, 2014. The event was the largest swing dance event of modern day and brought together over 2000 dancers from 47 countries to honor Frankie Manning and to name his birthday, May 26th, as World Lindy Hop Day. The festival celebrated the roots and origins of Lindy Hop and Big Band Swing with historic events including the show, Swingin’ Frankie’s Way, at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater.
Though it’s been some time since the event took place, some projects related to the event are continuing on their journey and finally becoming available for the public.
The Frankie 100 Commemorative Book
Thank you to editor and chief, Deborah Huisken, and all of the people who worked so hard on this excellent book. You’ll find the book to be full of rich storytelling and history about Frankie Manning, the swing era, and the swing revival. Click here to access the book now!
The Frankie 100 Educational Podcasts
Thank you to Cynthia Millman, Lennart Westerlund, Adam Lee, and Chris Wells for their work putting together the monumental Educational Panels that took place at Frankie 100. The panels featured over 40 experts on a wide variety of swing dance and music topics. Programs featured fascinating information, lively discussion, film/music clips, and audience Q&A. Six of those panels are now available. Click here to access the podcasts.
The Frankie Manning Walking Tour of Woodlawn Cemetery
This walking tour was created especially for Frankie 100 participants after visiting Manning’s grave at Woodlawn Cemetery. It includes visits to nearby graves of people who directly influenced Frankie Manning and the dancing and music of his era. Since it is a self-guided tour, you can use the information and downloadable map at any time to take this tour. Click here.
The One-8 Project
The One 8-Project is a stop-motion animation featuring 760 Lindy Hoppers from 37 countries. The project was shot in front of a green screen at Frankie100 and is work of art for the sake of art. The Swing Mexico team has been working tirelessly to mount this beautiful and ambitious project. Please visit the dedicated website to learn more: one8project.com