Hey it’s May 1st, that means it’s the first day of #FrankieMonth! The folks at the Frankie Manning Foundation encourage you to celebration lindy hop and Frankie all during the month of May. Here’s some ways you can participate:
Tell people about Frankie Manning and the history and origins of Lindy hop
Share Frankie videos and stories
Party like Frankie! Throw a swingin’ birthday party or a lindy hop dance that Frankie would have enjoyed
Play the music of the Savoy Ballroom and the big bands of the swing era
Hold Frankie Manning inspired dance classes and workshops; here’s a great list and here are some helpful videos
Read Frankie’s autobiography, Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop
Raise funds so that the Frankie Manning Foundation can continue Frankie’s mission
Ah one, ah two, you know what to do…
Other Stuff We Liked This Week:
Marilyn Friedman in the New York Times asks “Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?” She highlights several studies that show that dancing can have dramatic health effects on older people, from improving balance, better cognitive function, and stress relief. We love how she highlights both Frankie Manning and Norma Miller in the article!
Al Minns is one of the most legendary lindy hoppers of all time. Learn more about him at a free panel discussion at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 23. “The Pivotal Role of Al Minns in Modern Day Lindy Hop” will bring together several experts to discuss Al Minns’s incredible impact, look at film footage, and more. Speakers: Zita Allen (moderator), Sandra Cameron, Paul Grecki, Denise Harris, Larry Schulz, and Lennart Westerlund.
The organizers of the International Lindy Hop Championships announce that this year’s ILHC will feature an astounding Battle of The Bands, recreating the historic big band contest at the Savoy between the Chick Webb and Benny Goodman orchestras. This time around, it will be Jonathan Stout and his orchestra versus Michael Gamble and His Rhythm Serenaders orchestra. Two bands, one stage! ILHC 2019 is November 29 to December 2 in Washington DC.
We love this piece in the satirical newspaper the Onion: “CDC Warns Once-Eradicated Jitterbug Spreading Across Country At Rate Not Seen Since 1940s.” That’s a virus we can get behind!
Whew, that was a lot!
Have something special you want to share with other lindy hoppers? Hit this link to share it with us, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.