World Lindy Hop Day is coming up! May 26 is of course the birthday of lindy hop legend Frankie Manning. For the past few years, swing communities have been celebrating May 26 as World Lindy Hop Day, a time to celebrate all things that swing.
Here’s our latest intel on what is being planned around the world for WLHD.
World Lindy Hop Day / Weekend Extravaganza, May 26. A weekend of dance workshops, social dancing, and a screening of the swing documentary "Alive and Kicking."
Canton Swing Festival May 25-27 featuring workshops, parties and Cantonese snacks.
Celebrating Frankie Manning at the Spanish Ballroom, May 26. Featuring Daddy Wellington and his Band and a special performance by Gottaswing students in honor of Frankie Manning.
Houston Jazz Dance Festival May 26-27. “Celebrating the social dance traditions of African-Americans, Africans and people of color.”
World Lindy Hop Day in Istanbul. May 26. Featuring live music with the Uninvited Jazz Band, and a Shim Sham workshop that's open for every level of dancers.
Dance for Imprisoned Women. May 26. "We will hold our monthly session in a prison, sharing our love to swing with women sentenced to imprisonment. Due to the conditions of the collaboration, we cannot provide any more details."
Mad for Swing Celebration. May 27. Featuring a swing concert, an open beginners class and a dance session at a social and cultural center in a village close to Madrid.
World Lindy Hop Day Melbourne, May 26. A workshop and dance put on by the Echoes of Harlem dance troupe.
Intrepid: Battle of the Big Bands on May 26 with feature the George Gee Swing Orchestra playing a musical tribute to Frankie Manning.
Gordon Webster Band in Paris, May 26, honoring Frankie Manning.
Info coming soon!
Savoy Hop: World Lindy Hop Day, May 26. "We've got a social night with a Frankie themed class at the start, performances, comps and other fun dancey stuff in the works!"
Rio de Janeiro
Sugarloaf Stomp, May 25-27: “Come celebrate with us the anniversary of the late Frankie Manning, a celebration that will last four days of dances and classes with international teachers!”
Bootleggers Jamboree Weekend 2018, May 26-27: "We're pulling out all the stops to present a Bootleggers double-header for World Lindy Hop Day and Frankie Manning's birthday!" All profits to go to the Frankie Manning Foundation.
Camp Jitterbug, May 25-28. Featuring a Shim Sham in honor of Frankie and two lectures by Chester Whitmore on the roots of jazz dance and jazz music.
World Lindy Hop Day Singapore May 25-27, featuring classes, parties and performances by the Harlem Hot Shots.
Toronto Celebrates World Lindy Hop Day May 26: “Join us for a night of 1930’s/1940’s Big Band Music and Swing Dancing in a fantastic Vintage Venue celebrating the original Swing Dance, THE LINDY HOP.”
Wellington, New Zealand will be celebrating WLHD on May 26 with the Count Basie Small Band, who will be playing classics from the 1930s and 1940s. Find out more on their Facebook event page.