The growth of African-American participants in the lindy hop community

Frankie Manning would be very pleased at the growth of African-American participants in the lindy hop community. Look at this post from Kenneth Shipp about Lindy Focus and Jeff Liu-Leyco‘s photo. One of my favorite moments from Focus… Before you ask, this actually wasn’t all the black folk at Focus. We couldn’t get everyone together for the number […]

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Beantown’s Rhythm Ambassadors Fly to New Orleans

As you know, the Frankie Manning Foundation provides Ambassador scholarships to a number of lindy hop camps. But one program stands out… The Beantown Camp Ambassador Program, which started in 2011, has developed into something unique. Aurelie and Tony Tye of Hop to the Beat who run Beantown have gone to great lengths to keep […]

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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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