Dance music and videos honoring one of the greatest dancers of the Swing Era.
Frankie Manning, who turned 80 in 1994, was one of the most influential dancers and choreographers during the Swing Era. He was a lead dancer with Whitey's lindy Hoppers, a performance group based at the Savoy Club in Harlem (NYC) during the 1930s and '40s. This troupe gained national and international prominence performing Lindy Hop, appearing in movies (such as the Marx Brother's Day at the Races) and TV specials (such as Ed Sullivan Show). During the '40s Frankie was featured twice in Life magazine pictorial spreads.
In the past decade Frankie has once again been recognized for his significant
contribution to Jazz dance. He received a Toni Award for his choreography in the Broadway
musical, Black and Blue, and was featured as a guest artist at the annual Smithsonian Jazz
Festival. Frankie was also a dance consultant for the Spike Lee film, Malcolm X, and has
appeared on numerous national TV and radio specials. He keeps a busy schedule teaching and
Savoy-style Lindy Hop 1, 2, & 3 The original Jitterbug Instructional videos
These videos will teach you Savoy-style Lindy Hop, the original style of swing which later was called Jitterbug. Each video includes full speed demonstrations of material being taught, through breakdown of details, and slow motion dance.
Frankie is partnered in the instructional videos by Erin Stevens, one of the most sought after young dance instructors in the U .S. and internationally.
Lengths: Level l is 40 minutes; Level 2 is 47 minutes; Level 3 is 57 minutes.
Shim Sham A classic swing/tap line dance from the '30s and '40s · Instructional video.
Frankie Manning and Erin Stevens teach the basic footwork, syncopations and styling of the Shim Sham, which has again become popular worldwide.
Length: 47 minutes.
Swingin' at the Savoy, Frankie Manning's Story
A documentary produced for television
Along with great stories told by Frankie, you will see an obundance of inspiring dance clips, and many images from Frankie's personal scrapbooks.
Length: 25 minutes.
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