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Frankie Manning’s Favorite Steps

Thank you to the 9:20 Special in San Francisco for this guest post. They’re organizing a Frankie Celebration as part of Frankie Month in May and this list of Frankie’s Favorite Steps is part of that effort. 

Initially Compiled by Laura Jeffers, Edited by Rik Panganiban, April 2016

With Frankie Manning’s birthday coming up, some of us in San Francisco thought it would be helpful if we all had a list of “iconic” Frankie Manning steps, for use in teaching about Frankie and choreographing performances in his honor. Surprisingly, such a list does not seem to exist.

After all, while very few of might be able to perform “Hellzapoppin,” we can all Peck, Messaround and Slip Slop in Frankie’s honor for his birthday.

Laura Jeffers is the director of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the New York City-based performance troupe co-founded by Frankie Manning. Laura trained for many years under Frankie Manning, and continues to share and teach his choreography and steps. Laura put together this list of Frankie Manning favorite steps, e.g. not steps that Frankie invented (although he did invent some of them), but ones that he performed, taught and choreographed often. Laura has also helpfully including video links for some of the steps that might be unfamiliar to some.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive but inspirational. Please use this as a starting point for teaching about Frankie Manning, creating new choreographies inspired by him, and sharing his legacy wherever you are. Feel free share widely and to provide us feedback and questions to our Twitter, Facebook or to

Learn & Review Frankie Manning's Favorite Steps

Partnered Steps

  1. Around the World

  2. Choo Choo 

  3. Jig Walk

  4. Mess Around

  5. Mini-dip

  6. Pecks

  7. Quick Stop

  8. Quick Turn 

  9. Sailor Kicks

  10. Skates

  11. Slip-slop

  12. Stop Reverse

  13. Texas Tommy

  14. Twirls and Points (called Point & Curl in Sweden)  

  15. Windmill

Swingout Variations

  1. Chasse

  2. Crossover

  3. Heel Step

  4. Kick Away

  5. Scissor Step

  6. Sweep and Shake

Jazz Steps

  1. Apple Jacks

  2. Boogie Back

  3. Boogie Forward

  4. Charlie Chaplin

  5. Chase

  6. Drop Boogie

  7. Eagle Slide (sometimes called Eddie Eagle)

  8. Fall Off the Log

  9. Fishtail

  10. Gaze Afar

  11. Hitch Hike

  12. Itches

  13. Knee Slap

  14. Ride the Pony

  15. Scare Crow

  16. Shorty George

  17. Sis-kaboom-bah

  18. Skip Up

  19. Spank the Baby

  20. Stomp Off

  21. Suzie Q

  22. Tacky Annie

  23. Tap Break

Charlestons Variations

  1. Crossover

  2. Flying Charleston

  3. Front to Back

  4. Hand to Hand

  5. Jump Charleston

  6. Side by Side

  7. Squat Charleston

  8. Turnover

Aerials and Tricks

  1. Around the Back

  2. Hand Spring (aka the Pancake)

  3. Knickerbocker

  4. Over the Back

  5. Over the Shoulder

  6. Russian Kick

  7. Shoot Through

  8. Side Lift

  9. Side Flip

  10. The Snatch

  11. Toss Out

Thanks so much, Laura Jeffers, for compiling this list for the lindy hop community!

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