Dancers Celebrate Harlem’s Frankie “Ambassador of Lindy Hop” Mannings 100th Birthday

May 20, 2014

Mann_ch9_07_v2This weekend, over 2,000 swing dancers from at least 50 different countries descend on Harlem, New York to celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Harlem dancer Frankie Manning, known as the “Ambassador of Lindy Hop.” 

Also known as “jitterbug”, the joyous, high-energy dance of the 1930s and 1940s got its start in NYC and was seen at ballrooms like the Savoy and later in Hollywood films.  Throughout this festival, dancers and non-dancers, alike, can learn more about this great aspect of NYC history.  The weekend includes a number of free and a la carte offerings, including free instruction, films, and dances.

Highlights include Midsummer Night Swing presents a special Social Dance with live music by Solomon Douglas on Thursday, May 22 (at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium); an open swing dance in Central Park on Friday, May 23; a day of youth swing classes on Saturday, May 24 (at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium); and a series of celebrations in Harlem on Memorial Day, May 26.

Starting at the original site of the Savoy Ballroom on Lenox Avenue between 140th and 141st Streets, the public is welcome to enjoy live music, performances, and other activities.

Dust off your dancing shoes and visit for further information!

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