Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning : Ambassador of Lindy Hop

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The autobiography of a legendary swing dancer
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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 421.84g
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • 1592135641
  • 9781592135646
  • 146,596

Table of contents

Acknowledgments / i
Foreword: Mercedes Ellington
Frankie Manning: An Appreciation by Cynthia R. Millman / xi
Prologue: Too Stiff / 1

PART ONE: EARLY STEPS (1914-circa 1933)
Chapter 1. Jazz Baby / 5
Chapter 2. Early Ballroom Forays / 21

PART TWO: SAVOY DANCER (circa 1933-1936)
Chapter 3. To the Savoy at Last / 47
Chapter 4. Whitey, Shorty, and Stretch / 72
Chapter 5. Win Win / 85
Chapter 6. Up in the Air She Goes / 102

Chapter 7. Going Pro / 129
Chapter 8. Big Time at the Cotton Club / 149
Chapter 9. A Big Apple for Whitey / 174
Chapter 10. On Broadway and In the Movies / 213
Chapter 11. Stranded in Rio / 246

Chapter 12. Dancer Interrupted / 259
Chapter 13. The Congaroo Dancers and a Day Job / 275

PART FIVE: SECOND ACT (1984-present)
Chapter 14. Revival /

A. Frankie Manning Timeline / 347
B. Biographies of Lindy Hoppers
C. List of Works Cited or Consulted /
C. Frankie's List of Swing Dance on Film/TV
D. Swing Dance Resources
E. Swing Dance Organizations and Events Index
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"On behalf of all of the Hoofer's, we thank you and salute you for every moment of truth, love and dedication translated to us all through your art form, your dance. Thank you Frankie Manning. I Love You!"
-Savion Glover
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About Frankie Manning

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.
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