I want to share this clip on Frankie’s birthday. It was one of the highlights of my life and this short dance heavily influenced the way that I feel about Lindy Hop. What was truly incredible about this is the way that Frankie turned ON to perform. Though I had the chance to dance with him a bit at other times, this was the only time on camera and it was an enlightening experience. WOW. He lit up for the camera and shed 20+ years in an instant.
At its heart, there’s nothing like a good Swing Out, and the Swing Out is the perfect 8-count move. The Frankie Phrase (Swing Out from Closed, Swing Out, Swing Out, Circle) perfectly fits a phrase of most swing music.
However, 6-counts mixed in with your regular 8-counts make the dance more interesting. In fact, with some 6-counts mixed in for variety, those great 8-counts feel even more juicy than if you just danced 8-counts all night. Continue reading “Understanding 6-counts with the Music”
Thank you so much for coming to the workshop, everyone!
It feels great to share Frankie Manning’s story, moves, musicality, and inspiration any time of year, but especially in May for #FrankieMonth. It felt especially *right* to offer a free workshop and I think I’ll make it an annual tradition. That was the largest group we’ve had out dancing in St. Catharines in several years–about 50 people. Continue reading “Thank You! $351 Raised!”
The workshops will run from 1pm to 4ish followed by some social dancing. The first hour at 1pm will be extremely important for anyone who hasn’t learned the Frankie Phrase from Mandi. If you haven’t been doing swingouts for years, aren’t familiar with “straight swingouts”, and can’t do swingouts in your sleep, definitely please don’t miss the first hour. Continue reading “Important Information for this Sunday’s Workshop”
Frankie Manning was a man of great honour and strong values. We are lucky enough to have had his influence on our community, and for #FrankieMonth we’re emphasizing these ideas, both in our local communities and on a global level. Continue reading “#FrankieMonth Values”
As a follow up to a little group Blues Dancing private workshop that I taught on Saturday, here is my recent favourite Blues Dancing playlist: Continue reading “Blues Dancing Playlist”
Frankie Manning Workshop in St. Catharines
Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: Bethany Community Church, 1388 Third St, Saint Catharines, Ontario L2R 6P9
Cost: ***There is no fixed cost, but we will gladly collect donations for the Frankie Manning Foundation. We suggest donations between $5 to $40, as is affordable to you.
Instructors: Mandi Gould & Lisa Jacobs, along with Geoffrey Holmes Continue reading “#FrankieMonth 2017 Workshop in St. Catharines”
Some of my favourite footage from the first summer that I ever learned from Frankie Manning, back in 1999. Dancing here with Åsa Heedman (now Åsa Heedman) at the Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden. Continue reading “Frankie Manning 1999”
I originally wrote this article for Bees’ Knees Dance in February 2012.
So. You’re a Lindy Hopper.
Yay, that’s great!!! Lindy Hop is just about the best thing in the known universe… But let’s just get one thing cleared up once and for all and we’ll all be better for it.
You – we – all of us Lindy Hoppers – are not cool. Continue reading “Lose the Cool”
As part of my role on the board for the Frankie Manning Foundation, I’m behind the wheel of the preparations for #FrankieMonth. It’s only right that I hold an event in my own hometown of St. Catharines. Continue reading “Preparing for Frankie Month”