Frank Manning


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(b Florida, 26 May 1914; d 27 Apr. 2009)

US dancer, choreographer, and company director. He studied jazz dance with Whitey White in New York and during the 1930s was performer and choreographer for the company Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. The troupe toured widely and also performed in several Hollywood films, including Hellzapoppin' (1941). After service in the Second World War, Manning formed a short-lived company called the Congaroos but then retired from the stage. In 1988 he spearheaded the lindyhop revival after two California dancers (Erin Stephens and Stephen Mitchell) sought him out from obscurity. The lindy revival gave Manning a new career as a choreographer and among the productions on which he worked was the Broadway musical Black and Blue (1989), his choreography gaining a Tony Award. A much-loved, inspirational teacher he continued to conduct lindy workshops around the world until his late eighties.

Subjects: Dance.

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