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February 23rd, 2007

Focus on Frankie Manning

If you've been dancing for a while, you've probably heard the name Frankie Manning thrown around a bunch. Frankie was and is arguably one of the best Lindy Hoppers to ever grace the floor. This collection of clips will be testament to that.

However, aside from his dancing skill, he's is probably one of the most positive, inspirational people you will ever come across. At 92 years of age, Frankie is still dancing and teaching all over the world. After knee surgery, hip replacements and a long life, he is still one of the best dancers you'll ever see and his spunk and zest for life is infectious.

He has a book about his life coming out, 15 years in the making. It's available for pre-sale on If you are a dancer, or just someone looking to hear a story from an miraculous man, pick up this book.

Now, the clips …

First, go back and watch Hellzapoppin' and Keep Punchin' from my Whitey's Lindy Hoppers post. Frankie was the lead dancer for the group and you can see him dancing in both of those clips.

Besides that…

Cottontail – Duke Ellington Soundie AKA Hot Chocolates (1941)

Frankie is wearing the trench coat.

The Spirit Moves (1950)

Here you see Frankie in a documentary called The Spirit Moves. The Spirit Moves is a documentary done by a Russian Ballet dancer named Mura Dehn. Six hours of awesome dancing. Wear out your copy like we've all done.

Frankie in the 1980s

Here you see Frankie, in his 70s, getting down. This clip rules. Excuse the outfits… it was the 80s.

Frankie Show Us How It's Done (2005)

This clip was taken at a dance two years ago here in DC. You might recognize some faces. He was 90 in this clip.

Also, check out this week's Yehoodi Talk Show. Frankie is interviewed.

Also, he was recently interviewed on CBS News.

Frankie still teaches all over the world. If you ever get a chance, don't pass up the opportunity. He's an incredible inspiration and a great great man.

Once again… Buy his book!

2 Responses to “Focus on Frankie Manning”

  1. The Riz Says:

    Lovin' the vids – You too good for Dean Collins clips?

  2. pickles Says:

    Thanks for putting this blog together. It's sometimes a bit difficult to manouver youTube when you're not sure of exactly what you're looking for.

    Just curious for a bit more information: In the Cottontail clip, I recognized Norma and you provided the tip on Frankie's outfit. I think I was able to pick out Billy Ricker at the very end, but do you know who's who of the rest?

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