Tag: Frankie Manning

Frankie & Norma dancing the Peabody

Frankie Manning & Norma Miller dancing the Peabody, at Herrang 1997
Video of the Week #012

Named after New York policeman Lieutenant William Peabody, this brisk dance developed in the ragtime era of the 1910s and 1920s. With long gliding strides and a few syncopation's, you travel around the floor (similar to the foxtrot). When the floor gets crowded or you are just feeling playful, this is a fun dance to bust out!

This clip shows the legendary Frankie Manning, dancing with the amazing Norma Miller and doing the Peabody, the way it was danced back at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem NY. This was filmed at the famous Herrang Swing Dance Camp, in 1997. Frankie was then just 83 years young and Norma was a sprightly 78!!

The song is "Crazy Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller.

Global Shim Sham

Global Shim Sham for Frankie Manning
Video of the Week #005

Dancers from around the world dance a Shim Sham as a tribute to Frankie Manning on his 95th birthday. The video was edited by Akemi Kinukawa and was screened during the Frankie95 celebration held in New York City over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend.

It features over 5,000 dancers from 22 countries in four and a half minutes of pure joy.

The song is "T'aint What You Do" by Jimmie Lunceford. For more information on this, click  << here >>.

Hellzapoppin’

Lindy Hop scene from Hellzapoppin', 1941
Video of the Week #001

Probably the greatest Lindy hop sequence ever filmed. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers from the 1941 film Helzapoppin'.

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers was a professional performing group of Savoy Ballroom swing dancers, started in 1935 by Herbert "Whitey" White. Of all the members of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, Al Minns and Leon James were the most famous.

The musicians in this scene were Slim Gaillard (piano, guitar), Slam Stewart (bass), Rex Stewart (trumpet), Elmer Fane (clarinet), Jap Jones (trombone) and CP Jonstone (drums).

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