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Frankie Manning


Dancer and choreographer who have popularized a Harlem-based kind of jazz and golf swing dance called the “Lindy Hop.” His dance troupe people, the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, had been active through the 1930s and early 1940s. The boy of the dancer mom, he began dance when he was a kid. Thirty years after quitting his early dance profession to function for america Postal Assistance, he came back to his first passion by getting an internationally-renowned dance trainer. He was created in Florida and elevated in NEW YORK. His first relationship produced two kids: Marion Cost and Frank Manning Jr. His various other boy, Chazz Youthful, also got a career being a choreographer and dancer. He and Wade Robson both got successful professions as choreographers.

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Full Name Frankie Manning
Date Of Birth May 26, 1914
Died April 27, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Jacksonville, FL
Profession Dancer
Nationality American
Spouse Gloria Holloway
Children Charles Young, Frank Manning Jr., Marion Price
Parents Jerome Manning, Lucille Hadley Manning
Awards Tony Award for Best Choreography
Star Sign Gemini

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1Also, has a son from a previous relationship.
2Father of Charles Young, Frank Manning and Marion Price.
3Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for "Black and Blue", along with his collaborators Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang and Fayard Nicholas.
4Served in WW2, at one point was stationed in Paupa, New Guinea
5Performed the first "airstep" (aerial maneuver) in a dance competition, forever changing swing dancing.
6Used to dance at the Savoy Ballroom, in New York, and was friends with great jazz musicians and singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
7Was a charter member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, a dance performance team that performed in movies, like Hellzapoppin' (1941).
8Teaching Lindy-Hop dancing all over the world since the 1980s.



Hellzapoppin'1941Dancer (as Harlem Congeroos)



The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America2012DocumentaryHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Spirit Moves Part 1: A History of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900 - 19862008VideoHimself
Swing Invasion2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Joint Is Jumpin'2001TV Movie documentaryDance Instructor
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Choreography

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Dancing the Big Apple 1937: African Americans Inspire a National Craze2009Video documentary shortHimself

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