OVER 100 SWING DANCERS CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY OF SWING’S FOUNDING FATHER, FRANKIE MANNING
AT NEW YORK DANCE PARADE AND FESTIVAL
New York, May 15: Over 100 swing dancers accompanied by the swing band, Glenn Crytzer Quartette, will celebrate one of swing’s founder fathers, Frankie Manning centennial birthday at this year’s Eighth Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York on Saturday, May 17. Swing dancers will join over 10,000 dancers from 155 groups performing 77 different styles of dance at one of the City’s most diverse events on its cultural calendar.
Frankie Manning was a Lindy Hop originator in the Savoy Ballroom in his native Harlem in the 1930s, performing the first air step when he tossed his partner in the air during a dance competition. In the eighties he became a driving force in the worldwide revival of swing dancing, teaching, traveling and performing across the globe right until his passing at 95. He would have celebrated his 100 birthday this year.
Swing dancers will use this year’s Dance Parade as a warm up exercise for a larger event later in May 22-26 – Frankie 100 – when 2,300 dancers from 47 different countries will come to New York to celebrate World Lindy Hop Day at events and workshops all over the City and a performance at the legendary Apollo Theater, Harlem.
The Parade unites dancers of all genres and ages throughout New York City under the 2014 theme Be the Momentum. It begins at 1pm on 21st Street and Broadway, moves south through Union Square and down University Place to 8th street where each group dances before a Grandstand. Turning east on 8th Street Parade dancers salsa, swing and two-step their way across Saint Marks Place and into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village for DanceFest. The Festival, a four-hour program of free dance performances on four stages with lessons, experience dance booths and site specific and social dancing throughout the Park.