Check out the videos below of some great Lindy Hop and Balboa!
“Ambassador of Lindy Hop” Show
“Ambassador of Lindy Hop” is a show that took place at the May 2009 Frankie 95 event in the New York City area, celebrating the life of Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning. The show tells the story of Lindy Hop and Frankie Manning, from the early years to the swing renaissance in the 1990’s. The show was developed and directed by Ryan Francois, et. al., and involved a huge cast.
The Frankie 95 event was produced by THE FRANKIE MANNING FOUNDATION.
The Vision (“In our wildest dreams…”)
The Lindy Hop will be danced all over the world to live big band music. Everywhere that Lindy Hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth. The history of Frankie Manning and the originators of the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom will be well known to dancers and non-dancers everywhere.
The mission of the Frankie Manning Foundation is to carry on the work and the spirit of Frankie Manning in spreading the joy of Lindy Hop, danced to big band swing music, throughout the world.
In accordance with Manning’s own values, and those of the Savoy Ballroom where the dance got its start, the fund seeks to promote projects which are grounded in unity and collaboration, and which enable people of all different backgrounds to participate in this joyous dance.
The Hepcats certainly support that vision, mission and values! Thanks to the Frankie Manning Foundation for posting these videos on You Tube. Enjoy!
- Opening/early Jazz Dance.
- Young Frankie.
- Shorty George Snowden / After Seben.
- Shorty’s vs Whitey’s – The First Air Step.
- Harvest Moon Ball.
- World’s Fair.
- Shout ‘n Feel it – Harlem Hot Shots.
- Frankie’s Big Apple.
- The Congaroos from Killer Diller.
- A night at the Cotton Club.
- Steven and Erin find Frankie.
- The Jivin’ Lindy Hoppers.
- Frankie’s Tranky Doo.
- Norma Miller’s Lindy Hoppers.
- Shim Sham Time.
“Swing Out”, a documentary by Morgan Irish
Morgan Irish, a Film Studies Major (and graduate) of Asbury University, directed and produced “Swing Out“, a documentary that featured several Hepcats. The documentary was filmed in February and March 2013. The documentary was selected for the prestigious Highbridge Film Festival and was shown at that event on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
About the film, in Morgan’s own words: “The film represents to me more than just one girl learning to swing dance. The people met along the way, the love shown among all those involved and the lessons learned are things that I think are transferable to all who ever find themselves being challenged to meet a goal…”
The film follows Morgan’s journey as she meets the challenge of participating in a Jam Circle!
Enjoy the film!
Vintage Video Clips
The most famous Lindy Hop ever captured on film (1941): Hellzapoppin’!
Dancers: Whitney’s Lindy Hoppers (Harlem Congaroo Dancers) in order of appearance:
– William Downes (uniform) and Frances “Mickey” Jones (maid).
– Norma Miller and Billy Ricker (chef’s hat).
– Al Minns (white coat, black pants) and Willa Mae Ricker.
– Ann Johnson (maid) and Frankie Manning (overalls).
Check out this same video of Hellzapoppin’, but with the choreography done to the original song, Jumpin’ at the Woodside, by the Count Basie Orchestra.
The famous Balboa clip from the 1943 movie short Maharaja. Dancers: Hal & Betty Takier.
Below is the re-creation of the Maharaja movie short by Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat, performed at the 2012 All Balboa Weekend.
Groovie Movie. A funny, cute and instructional movie short from 1944 about “Jitterbug” (Lindy Hop); dancers include Jeanne Veloz, Arthur Walsh, Charles Saggau and Irene Thomas.
Day at the Races. The famous Lindy Hop dancing by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers from the Marx Brothers 1937 movie. The swing dancing starts at approx. 5:13 in the clip. This sequence, like the Lindy Hop sequence in Hellzapoppin’, had no relation to the main plot, so that part could be cut from the film when it was shown in segregated venues and in the deep south.
More vintage clips to follow
Videos of Birthday Dances
A birthday dance for Mike. Can still cut a rug with the youngsters! The song is “Frolic Sam”, by the Duke Ellington Orch., c. 230 bpm.
A birthday dance for Mary.
Another birthday dance for Mary.