The Frankie Manning Foundation was founded to honor the work, life and legacy of Frankie Manning (1914-2009).  A dancer, choreographer and innovator, he perhaps was the best known representative of the Lindy Hop, a highly energetic dance!  Performing with the dance group, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, during the 1930s and 1940s, Manning helped further popularize the frenetic dance throughout the world.

When the swing dance movement was revived during the 1980s, Frankie Manning was integral to teaching the authentic movements and rhythms of the Lindy Hop to new generations.  His mastery, charming persona and passion for the dance and its accompanying upbeat, big band swing sounds allowed him to teach and inspire thousands globally.

Headquartered in New York City and Houston, this foundation is, according to its website, a “restricted funds project of the Houston Swing Dance Society (HSDS), a 501 (c)3 non-profit public charity”.  Its vision is both to educate others about Frankie Manning and his peers who originated the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and internationally share the history of precision and creativity of this unique dance across any and all social barriers. 

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