Support FMF with Frankie 100 Trading Cards!

“True Lindy Hoppers know their roots.” – Kevin St. Laurent Know your roots and help support the Frankie Manning Foundation! The Frankie 100 trading cards have been reissued as the Legends of Lindy Hop collection. Each card features an iconic picture and historical information on Frankie, Dawn, Norma, and fourteen additional dancers. The entire 22 card set […]

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Swing! the Musical – Then & Now

By Mandi Gould  As a long time Lindy Hopper and “professional Lindy Hop volunteer”, when I travel it’s usually related to swing dancing in some way. For the past eighteen and a half years, most of my voyages have been made with the explicit purpose of dancing. On the rare occasion that I take a non-dance […]

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Lindy Hop DJ Corner: You Should DJ Big Band Music

The Frankie Manning Foundation is pleased to welcome guest bloggers on a variety of subjects. Kicking off our new Lindy Hop DJ Corner is Michael Gamble:    HELLO, MICHAEL GAMBLE HERE I want to talk to you, dancers and DJ’s, about my passion for big band music. Mostly, I want you to fall in love with […]

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The Harlem Swing Dance Society – The Harlem SWOP! The Latest News and FYI from Harlem

Contributed by Barbara Jones Greetings from Harlem!  Spring and a rebirth of energy is upon us all: here is the latest from the place where Lindy Hop all began…. with The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS). Bad News but Good News – The Renaissance Casino and Ballroom Sadly close to 5,000 signatures and the work […]

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Swingin’ Frankie’s Way – The Frankie Show at the Apollo Theater

Whether you’re watching it again or seeing it for the first time, the show directed by Chester Whitmore that took place at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater last May 22nd, 2014 as part of Frankie 100 was a truly historic presentation. A video to the entire full length show follows the program. Enjoy! Download the Program. […]

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Youth Programs – Interview with Valerie Salstrom of the Junior Jitterbugs in Cleveland, OH.

Original interview from 2012. Do you work with a particular school or group? Primarily with one school, but other kids have joined through family connections (siblings, cousins) and word of mouth. The group is very established and has a good reputation now and is very popular. The program started 7 years ago as part of […]

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Funding for Children’s Programs

Interview with Valarie Salstrom of the Junior Jitterbugs and Get Hep Swing in Cleveland, OH by Mandi Gould. Val, can you speak about the original grant that gave you your start with these children’s programs? Originally, we started with a 4 year grant that was part of a mixed arts program. The theme of the […]

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Solid Sender – March 2015

The Frankie Manning Foundation presents: View this email in your browser FRANKIE MONTH  Announcing Frankie Month 2015  May is Frankie Month!  Frankie Manning’s birthday is May 26th but his birthdays never could be contained to just a single day of celebration. Let’s use the entire month of May to honor Frankie’s contributions to Lindy Hop […]

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