Frankie Manning on Broadway

Just a few years after Frankie Manning retired from the Post Office, when the momentum of the swing dance revival was just starting to build, he was approached by two Broadway producers who were bringing the Paris production of “Black and Blue” to Broadway. They had heard that Frankie was an original dancer of the Harlem […]

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Frankie Month 2016 is just around the corner!

The Frankie Manning Foundation presents: View this email in your browser May is just around the corner…  … and that means 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 […]

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Solid Sender – February 15th, 2016

The Frankie Manning Foundation presents: View this email in your browser Frankie Manning on Broadway See our Featured Video below: Frankie Manning‘s Wednesday Night Hop for “Black and Blue“   Just a few years after Frankie Manning retired from the Post Office, when the momentum of the swing dance revival was just starting to build, […]

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Lindy Hop for All: Interviews and Oral History of the Frankie Manning Foundation

Interviews conducted & article written by Dan Gorman The Frankie Manning Foundation only came into existence six years ago, but today it is at the forefront of the global swing dance scene. Frankie Manning was one of the originators of the lindy hop at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, and he later played a pivotal […]

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FMF Ambassador Kevin Harris Continues Grandfather’s Legacy

Our FMF Ambassadors are special people. They are talented dancers, of course, but they are also trailblazers – they are introducing Lindy hop in new communities which may not have even heard of it before. They are naturally curious and they are lifetime learners. And they are also very generous teachers, sharing what they know. […]

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Mother City Hop

Guest Post by Brendan Argent  In the 1940s, musicians in Sophiatown (South Africa) started playing swing music in the style of the American big bands they heard on the radio. Before long, the neighbourhood became know as ‘Little Harlem’. This South African swing had a very distinctive flavour as the (often homemade) penny whistles and […]

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The “Frankie Moves” Video Project

Thank you to Sing Lim for initiating this project, capturing different dancers’ special memories of Frankie Manning. Åsa Heedman   Catrine Ljunggren Chester Whitmore Daniel Heedman   Elliott Donnelley Fish (Jan Forsell)   Juan Villafane   Julie Oram     Lennart Westerlund   Matt Bedell   Marcus & Bärbl   Ramona Staffeld Ryan Francois Do you have […]

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Happy Birthday, Frankie! May 26th, 2015

View this email in your browser Happy birthday Frankie Manning! It’s May 26th, and that means Frankie’s birthday! We’d like to present this special video, made by Jan “Fish” Forsell, in memory of the great Frankie Manning.      #IAmFrankieManning Dancers around the world recreate Frankie’s photos! Lindy Hoppers across the globe have been posting […]

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Lindy Hop DJ Corner: Why DJs Should Play Count Basie

HELLO AGAIN, MICHAEL GAMBLE HERE   Thanks to the FMF for continuing to have me do this fun and specialized series. In the nearly 15 years I’ve been “on the circuit”, I have done a lot of so-called “DJ Training” workshops, and while there is some useful stuff to say now and then about the […]

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