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The Board of Advisors of the Frankie Manning Foundation welcomes Tena Morales-Armstrong!

The Frankie Manning Foundation Board of Advisors is thrilled to welcome Tena Morales-Armstrong as the newest member of the board.

A nationally renowned swing dance teacher and judge, Tena has hosted the international “Hellzapoppin” dance contest at the World Famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem in conjunction with the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival and has served as a main judge for Camp Jitterbug, US Open, American Lindy Hop Championships, National Hand Dance Association and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown .

Tena Morales is an exciting choreographer and dancer, whose improvisations and innate musicality bring a unique “Old Skool Flava” to the Lindy Hop. Tena grew up in the urban sophisticated atmosphere of the metropolitan D.C. area where “Hand Dancing” or “Fast Dance”reigns supreme. Tena takes her natural dancing abilities and fuses it with the individual Texas/Louisiana regional swing dance styles of Zydeco and “Swing-Out.” Both two forms of partner dancing that are still very popular in that region of the country. Having taught hundreds across the country and trained many champions from the Houston Swing Dance Society, she has gained the admiration and respect of many.

  1. International Swing Dance Championships , May 2018, Houston, TX.

  2. International Lindy Hop Championships – August 2018, Washington DC.

  3. Lone Star Championships at Lindyfest – March 2019, Houston, TX.

There’s no doubt that the board is in good hands with you joining us. Welcome aboard, Tena! 

To learn about the other board members, click here

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