Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop, 2009
I created this collage portrait of Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop, as a tribute to him after he passed away at 94 years old, just short of his 95th birthday. 200 Lindy Hoppers from all over the world gathered in new York City to celebrate his life and I displayed this portrait there. I added ten feet of blank canvas and it was soon filled with messages. I took the portrait around the world and to the recent Frankie centennial celebrations. It now has almost twenty fee of extra canvas filled with moving messages from dancers from all over the world, a testament to how much impact Frankie had on literally tens of thousands of dancers.
To learn more about Frankie I recommend reading his book Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop and also viewing these wonderful video documentaries:
“Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Swing”, produced by Swing Bud Films;
“Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging”, produced and directed by Julie Cohen.
If you want to learn Lindy Hop you can’t go wrong watching the master himself teaching the basics:
“Swing- Lindy Hop Dance Lessons – Level 1”, featuring Frankie Manning and Erin Stephens.