The Ambassador of Lindy Hop
A new book is due out this May chronicling the life and career of Frankie Manning, the “inventor” of the air-step in the Lindy Hop.
Manning was a dancer at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the early 30’s. He toured with a dance troupe and appeared in films. When the popularity of swing faded, the troupe disbanded and Manning went to work at the Postal Service.
A revival of swing in the 80’s brought Manning back into the dance scene as a teacher and choreographer, where he won a Tony for Black and Blue.
The book is written by Manning with his collaborator, Cynthia Millman. Cynthia has a passion for researching Jazz dance and music. From archival records and interviews with the originators, she has amassed a wealth of knowledge, as well as a superb collection of photographs, film clips and memorabilia. Cynthia has written extensively about dance, including articles for Oxford University Press’s International Encyclopedia of Dance, and has served as consultant for numerous documentaries including the PBS Swinging with Duke. Through her presentations and demonstrations, she has also shared her passion directly with audiences in both the U.S. and Europe. Cynthia also happens to be the extraordinary librarian at the Town School in Manhattan.
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