Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop

Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop

by Frankie Manning, Cynthia Millman

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ISBN-13: 9781592135639
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Lindy hopper Frankie Manning won a 1989 Tony Award for his choreography in Black and Blue, was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a National Heritage Fellowship, and served as a consultant for and danced in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Debbie Allen's Stompin' at the Savoy. Frankie's choreographic contributions to the lindy, his professional dance career with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and the Congaroo Dancers, and his vital role in the swing dance revival have been widely chronicled in the news media, books, and documentaries, including Ken Burns's Jazz and an ABC News 20/20 profile. Now in his nineties, Frankie travels the world teaching the Lindy hop and sharing his riveting memories of dancing through the swing era.

Cynthia R. Millman taught dance and performed for over twenty-five years, including five years with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers. She has studied and partnered with Frankie, and lectures with him on the history of the Lindy. A librarian at The Town School in Manhattan, Cynthia has contributed articles to Dance Magazine and The International Encyclopedia of Dance, and has served as a dance consultant on several documentaries.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Mercedes Ellington     9
Frankie Manning: An Appreciation   Cynthia R. Millman     11
Acknowledgments     19
Prologue: Too Stiff     25
First Steps (1914-Circa 1933)     29
Jazz Baby     31
Early Ballroom Forays     42
Savoy Dancer (Circa 1933-1936)     59
To the Savoy at Last     61
Whitey, Shorty, and Stretch     75
Win Win     82
Up in the Air She Goes     93
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (1936-1943)     109
Going Pro     111
Big Time at the Cotton Club     123
A Big Apple for Whitey     138
On Broadway and in the Movies     160
Down Rio Way     180
War and Home (1943-1984)     189
Dancer Interrupted     191
The Congaroo Dancers and a Day Job     203
Second Act (1984-2007)     223
Revival     225
Appendixes     243
Frankie Manning Time Line     243
Biographical Sketches of Lindy Hoppers     245
Swing Dance Resources     255
Notes     259
Sources     273
Index     279

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