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    DescriptionDancer, award-winning choreographer, show producer, stand-up comedienne, TV/film actress and author, Norma Miller shares her touching historical memoir of Harlem's legendary Savoy Ballroom and the phenomenal music and dance craze that "spread the power of Swing across the world like Wildfire." It was a time when the music was Swing, and Harlem was king. Renowned as 'the world's most beautiful ballroom" and the largest, most elegant in Harlem, the Savoy was the only ballroom not segregated when it opened in 1926. The Savoy hosted the best bands and attracted the best dancers by offering the challenge of fierce competition. White people traveled uptown to learn exciting new dance styles. A dance contest winner by fourteen, Norma Miller became a member of Herbert White's world-famous Lindy Hoppers and a celebrated Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hop champion. Swingin' at the Savoy chronicles a significant period in American cultural history and race relations, as it glorifies the popularized home of the Lindy Hop, and the birthplace of such memorable dance fads as the Big Apple, Shag, Truckin', Peckin', Susie Q, Charleston, Peabody, Black Bottom, Cake Walk, Boogie Woogie, Shimmy, and tap dancing. Miller shares fascinating anecdotes about her youthful encounters with many of the greatest jazz legends in music history including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, and even boxer Joe Louis. Author note: Norma Miller began her career as a choreographer by forming the Norma Miller Jazz Dancers and appeared in Olsen and Johnson's Broadway stage production of Hellzapoppin for five years. Her film credits include A Day at the Races, Malcolm X, and Captiva, and she has toured internationally including an extensive tour in Vietnam during the war. She has performed stand-up comedy on Vegas stages for years and enjoyed a ten-year working relationship with Redd Foxx, during which time she made numerous TV appearances on his network show. In 1992 Miller was nominated for an Emmy for her choreography in the CBS movie of the week, Stompin' at the Savoy, and has also been the subject of many documentaries, including National Geographic's television program "Explorer" and the Smithsonian Jazz series on national radio. Evette Jensen met Norma Miller in 1992 while working as a producer associate in Las Vegas and jumped at the chance to help, sorting through interviews, stories, pictures, and other memorabilia that became this book. Jensen lives in Las Vegas where she sells real estate and works as a freelance writer.


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    Title
    Swingin' at the Savoy
    Subtitle
    The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norma Miller, Edited by Evette Jensen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 261
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781566398497
    ISBN 10: 1566398495
    Classifications

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    LC classification: GV1784 .M556 1996
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    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    52 b&w illustrations, 1 figure
    Publisher
    Temple University Press,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Temple University Press,U.S.
    Publication date
    26 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Philadelphia PA
    Author Information
    Norma Miller began her career as a choreographer by forming the Norma Miller Jazz Dancers and appeared in Olsen and Johnson's Broadway stage production of Helizapoppin' for five years. In addition to being a stand-up comedienne, Miller has made numerous TV appearances, including the CBS Movie Stompin' at the Savoy, which earned her an Emmy nomination for choreography. She has also performed in the films A Day at the Races, Maicolm X, and Captiva, and has been the subject of many documentaries, including National Geographic's Explorer and the Smithsonian jazz series on national radio. Evette Jensen is a freelance writer.
    Review quote
    "This is an important book, bringing some much-overdue attention to the swing dancers who along with the musicians defined the era." --Robert Tate, Jazz Now "A refreshing look at the history of swing dancing is Swingin' at the Savoy... Miller has not only created an entertaining history of swing, but more importantly, gives the reader a sense of the personalities of people and places most have only heard of. The book is unique as a humorous autobiography, full of youthful antics and charm. Delightful anecdotes and photos of big bands give us a view of swing music and its popularity in a real world aspect different than most music historians today." --Lance Benishek, Dancing USA
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments Preface - Ernie Smith 1. Coming Home 2. Coming to America 3. Norman Miller 4. The Early Years 5. The Savoy 6. Coming of Age 7. A Man Called Whitey 8. The Harvest Moon Ball 9. The Swingin' Generation 10. The Other Side of the Ballroom 11. Ethel Waters 12. Savoy at the World's Fair 13. Hollywood Calls 14. Swingin' Down to Rio 15. Moving On 16. Norma Miller Dancers 17. On the Road Again 18. Swingin' into the Future 19. Saying Goodbye Epilogue - Robert P. Crease