I just want to make sure everyone gets to see this amazing video that Eric Esquivel found featuring Frankie Manning at age 76 dancing with Judy Pritchett and also featuring Cyd Charisse! (Interviews are translated into French.) This is truly an amazing find. Enjoy!
22 sep 1990, "Etoile Palace" démonstration de Lindy hop Frankie Manning. Frankie Manning is dancing with Judy Pritchett. He was 76.Thanks Jean-Christophe HepRef: https://fresques.ina.fr/danses-sans-visa/fiche-media/Dasavi00702/etoile-palace-demonstration-de-lindy-hop-frankie-manning.htmlMore: https://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/03/arts/review-dance-french-jitterbugs-find-a-future-in-harlem-s-past.html
It’s still very wintery out there but Frankie Month (May) is just around the corner! I’m pleased to announce two workshops, one in Toronto and one in St. Catharines. Happy to have my old pal, Kevin Miller, join me for these! All proceeds will be donated to the Frankie Manning Foundation.
As a board member for the Frankie Manning Foundation (FMF) and someone who had the privilege of assisting Frankie Manning for three workshops in 2002, 2006, and 2008, these workshops are very near and dear to my heart. The workshops are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $40 if you do a full afternoon. Please join us.
Frankie Manning Workshops 2018
Toronto:Saturday, May 5th, 3pm-6pm – Dovercourt House, 1st floor – CLICK HERE
St. Catharines: Saturday, May 26th, 1pm-5pm – Beacon School – CLICK HERE
Instructors: Mandi Gould & Kevin Miller
Who is Frankie Manning?
Legendary Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning passed away in 2009, but his spirit lives on in the hearts and feet of swing dancers around the world. Frankie is remembered and revered for his vital role in the history and revival of swing dancing, as well as for his radiant and charismatic personality. His legacy is hugely important and widely influential, and #FrankieMonth is celebrated around the world each May. Learn more about Frankie Manning.
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.
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!”→
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”→
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”→
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”→