Frankie Manning: 
Ambassador of Lindy Hop

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Legendary Lindy hopper Frankie Manning passed away on April 27, 2009, one month before his 95th birthday.

A party planned in honor of the occasion was recast as a celebration of his life. Manning's legacy is hugely important and widely influential. He touched the lives of so many, and will be remembered and revered for his vital role in the history and revival of swing dancing. Family, friends, and swing dancers around the world will miss his radiant and charismatic personality.

Frankie Manning's 95th Birthday Festival took place at New York City's Manhattan Center from May 21-25. The event, run by volunteers and attended by 2,000 swing dancers from 33 countries, included:

To learn more about Frankie Manning and his contributions to the world of dance, we invite you to explore this website, and Frankie's pages on

For links to many articles and clips, please visit Media Resources on

More links of interest:

Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging
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Features Frankie Manning’s last major interview, as well as precious archival footage of his dancing from the 1930s to 2009. Highlights include scenes of Manning’s later birthday parties, where he danced with one woman for each year he’d been alive; the legendary dance scene from Hellzapoppin, and a phenomenal duet with his son, Chazz Young, himself a professional dancer.

Global Shim Sham for Frankie
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A beautifully edited film compilation of some of Manning’s many admirers doing a line dance that he introduced to the swing community. Features nearly 5,000 dancers from 22 countries dancing to Jimmie Lunceford’s “‘Tain’t What You Do.”