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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Get ready for Frankie Month 2017 in May!

May is quickly approaching, and once again that means Frankie Month! For the entire month of May, we’ll be honoring Frankie’s positive spirit and his contributions to lindy hop. Here are some ways to celebrate: Throw a swingin’ birthday party or a lindy hop dance in Frankie’s honor.  Play the music of the Savoy Ballroom and the […]

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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 recognized in today’s Google Doodle!!! Happy birthday, Frankie!

Google honors Frankie Manning  The Frankie Manning Foundation is are thrilled to announce that Frankie Manning is the Google Doodle today!  Huge thanks to Google for honoring the memory and legacy of this legendary Lindy hopper on his 102nd birthday!! Google is running the Doodle in 15 regions, including North America and the UK. To […]

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Frankie Month Recap of Mother City Hop in South Africa

The following guest blog posts was written by Brendan Argent, one of the Frankie Manning Ambassadors from South Africa. You can view the original post on his website here.  Reflections on Mother City Hop 2016, South Africa’s inaugural swing festival Lindy hop has had a presence in Cape Town for nearly 5 years, since Jeannie Elliott moved […]

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