Last Updated: 21 May, 2023 | Views: 155
Other Profession(s): Choreographer
Famous For: Lindy Hop Dancer And Choreographer
Frankie Manning, a well-known American dancer, instructor, and choreographer, was born in Florida. Frankie Manning has always been one of the most influential factors in the growth and popularization of the lindy hop, starting from his days as a teenager social dancing in Harlem's ballrooms through his time with the legendary Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. His contributions to this very American art form include the development of the synchronized group Lindy routine and the Lindy air step, which allowed dance to transition from the ballroom to the stage and the big screen.
Early in the 1930s, Mr. Manning accepted Herbert White's invitation to perform with his premier group, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, at the Savoy Ballroom.
Given free entry to the Savoy, he quickly improved as a dancer as he moved to the nonstop rhythms of the top big bands from the 1930s, both black and white.
After serving in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan with the Army during World War II, Mr. Manning founded the Congaroos, a four-person dance group that toured England and South America and made an appearance in the 1948 film "Killer Diller."
But in the 1950s, jobs started to disappear, and in 1955, Mr. Manning decided to give up his career in dance in favour of a job at the Post Office.
After 32 years of service, Mr. Manning began a hectic retirement and gave the Lindy, which had started to experience a resurgence, his undivided attention.
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Frankie received several engagements both domestically and overseas, started teaching, and eventually joined his son Charles Young (often known as Chazz) on stage.
A 1937 tour that included a royal command performance at the London Palladium followed their triumph there and included stops in France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Manning was touring New Zealand and Australia in addition to dancing in the Hollywood film "Radio City Revels."
Manning prepared Denzel Washington in 1992 for a sequence with Lindy in Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X," which also starred Mr. Manning. Mr. Washington recalls, "We were simply trying to keep up with him."
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