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Solid Sender: February 2015

Ambassador scholarships are awarded to dancers who will carry on Frank

e Manning’s mission of “spreading the joy of lindy hop.” Our hope is that they will bring new populations into our community from all around the world.  This is now the fifth year of our Ambassador scholarships.


Adam Milligan, Belfast, Northern Ireland Joshua McLean, Houston Texas    Muriel and Brendan Argent, Cape Town, South Africa    Rafal Pustelny, New York City and Poland    Tamisha Anthony, New York City   

In addition to the Herrang Dance Camp, we’re planning to partner with the following events in 2015:

  1. LindyFest

  2. Camp Jitterbug

  3. Beantown

  4. The International Lindy Hop Championships

  5. Swing Out New Hampshire

These are all wonderful events and we thank them for their partnership in helping to make these scholarships to happen.

Here’s recent news from some of our past Ambassadors…

Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American

History Month, is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and it is celebrated in the United Kingdom in the month of October. 

As lindy hoppers, this is not only an opportunity to recognize the important contribution made to our lives and our culture by black dancers and musicians and people of African descent. This is also a chance to emphasize the benefits of coming together as brothers and sisters regardless of race, religion or national origin. May everywhere that lindy hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, find that people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth.

Ambassador Updates

Breai Mason-Campbell (Herrang Ambassador, 2014)

Samuel Coleman (Herrang Ambassador , 2011)

Itay Skutelsky (Herrang Ambassador, 2013)

Nando Valoi (Herrang Ambassador, 2012)

Traci Bartlow (Herrang Ambassador, 2011)

Jamin Jackson (Herrang Ambassador, 2011)

Featured Video

Have you seen this video of Frankie Manning dancing with

Normal Miller in 1996? This video a real treat! 

In addition to Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop by Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman (Temple University Press, 2007), we highly recommend that you make Swingin’ at the Savoy by Norma Miller (Temple University Press, 2001) a part of your home library. 

Featured Song

For Dancers Only – This song, performed by the Jimmie Lun

eford big band and written by Sy Oliver, is part of the orchestra’s consistently swinging song collection. The tight ensembles and colorful shows of the Jimmie Lunceford big band made them a major attraction during the Swing era. The big band rivaled on record, and often exceeded in person, the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. 

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