We'll have copies of Frankie's recently published autobigraphy. We've been waiting a long time for this book to be published, and it was worth the wait!
Here is the publisher's description:
In the early days of swing dancing, Frankie Manning stood out for his moves and his innovative routines; he created the "air step" in the Lindy hop, a dance that took the U.S. and then the world by storm. In this fascinating autobiography, the choreographer and Tony Award winner (Black and Blue) Frankie Manning recalls how his first years of dancing as a teenager at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom led to his becoming chief choreographer and a lead dancer for "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers," a group that appeared on Broadway, in Hollywood musicals, and on stages around the globe. Manning brings the Swing Era vividly back to life with his recollections of the crowded ballrooms, and of Lindy hoppers trying to outdo each other in spectacular performances. His memories of the many headliners and film stars, as well as uncelebrated dancers with whom he shared the stage, create a unique portrait of an era in which African American performers enjoyed the spotlight if not a star's prerogatives and salary.
With co-author Cynthia R. Millman, Manning traces the evolution of swing dancing from its early days in Harlem through the post-World War II period, until it was eclipsed by rock 'n' roll and then disco. When swing made a comeback, Manning's 30-year hiatus ended. He has been performing,
choreographing, and teaching ever since.
313 pages; 37 illustrations
Norma will again have copies of her autobiography Swingin' at the Savoy, a must read for anyone wanting to learn about the origins of Lindy Hop, not to mention an inspirational story in its own right.
In addition, we'll have copies of Stompin' at the Savoy, a great children's book about the Savoy Ballroom. Be sure to get yours signed by the Queen of Lindy Hop herself!