Thank you for celebrating
Frankie's 100th Birthday with us.
The legendary Frankie Manning: Father of the Lindy Hop, passed away on April 27th 2009, one month shy of his 95th birthday. He will long be remembered and celebrated for his vital role in the history, revival, and preservation of Swing Dancing. As one of the leading dancers at Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom, he revolutionized the course of the Lindy Hop with his innovations (the first air step, and the first ensemble choreography). He was a featured dancer and chief choreographer for Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, performing on stages around the world in the late 1930s and early 40s, with musical jazz legends including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway. At the close of the original Swing Era, he took a job with the US Post Office, where he worked for thirty years, until being re-discovered by a new generation of Swing Dancers (Erin Stevens and Steven Mitchell are credited with ‘bringing him out of retirement’ in 1983). After that time, he was in great demand teaching and performing globally. He won a 1989 Tony Award for his choreography in Black & Blue, and has been featured in countless articles, news programs and documentaries, including being highlighted in as the world’s leading authority on the Lindy Hop in Ken Burn’s acclaimed documentary, Jazz. Swing dancers are converging in New York his birthday weekend, and we’ll celebrate and honor him here in Pasadena the weekend of May 16-18th! Gallery of Frankie at PBDA