Harlem on Parade: Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs in Dublin

Guest Post by Karen Campos McCormack This might not be a widely known fact among the Irish Lindy Hopping community, but Frankie Manning was in Dublin in 1937. He was performing with Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs, as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers were billed on this European tour with the Cotton Club Revue. They landed in Dublin following […]

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Frankie Month Recap of Mother City Hop in South Africa

The following guest blog posts was written by Brendan Argent, one of the Frankie Manning Ambassadors from South Africa. You can view the original post on his website here.  Reflections on Mother City Hop 2016, South Africa’s inaugural swing festival Lindy hop has had a presence in Cape Town for nearly 5 years, since Jeannie Elliott moved […]

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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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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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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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FMF Volunteer Adam speaks about Suiting Up Swing Style

May 26th – Suit up Swing Style and work #TheLindyLook Hey, I’m Adam and I come from one of the fastest growing Lindy hop scenes in the UK and Ireland – Belfast.    I only started dancing about two years ago but it has slowly taken over my life – going from attending classes once a […]

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The Harlem Swing Dance Society – WZUP in Harlem

By Barbara A. Jones  The Harlem SWOP – with The Harlem Swing Dance Society Culture …. Dance…. Jazz…. Lindy Hop…. SAVOY and Swing! These are the 6 main components The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) has been highlighting in the village of Harlem and elsewhere for the last 6 years. Slowly and steadily awakening and […]

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Swing Back: The Harlem SWOP  with The Harlem Swing Dance Society

By Barbara A. Jones  The Harlem Swing Dance Society(THSDS) is the sole organization in Harlem promoting and preserving Lindy Hop and various forms of swing dance culture where it all began.  With this exciting challenge have come great discoveries and collaborations to showcase and bring attention to Harlem’s famed dance.  We love working with community […]

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