Frankie100 Balloon Drop Birthday Celebration

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What a remarkable weekend to honor a remarkable man. Frankie Manning was one of the key players in developing and spreading the joy of the Lindy Hop. He helped invent the dance in its early days during the 1930’s at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, and spent the latter years of his life traveling the world  teaching and providing his insight while creating a wonderful community of dancers. He is in part the reason why swing dancing is so popular today! This weekend would have been his 100th Birthday, and in his honor a giant 100th Birthday celebration in NYC took place to celebrate his life and his legacy.  We are so thankful to have been a part of it in multiple capacities. Thursday night Brian performed at the The Apollo Theater show under the direction of Chester Whitmore, and Friday afternoon we performed with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers in Central Park. We were also fortunate to be included in the Frankie Trifecta events performing Friday night at the Edison Ballroom with Roddy Caravella and His Varsity Syncopaters and Syncopated City Dance Company, and Saturday evening Samantha taught with Roddy Caravella at the same event Brian performed again with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers! Besides our involvement as performers, we were honored to take part of the event as Lindy Hoppers. The Sunday night event on the eve of Frankie’s birthday was reminiscent of a New Year’s celebration, with a countdown, ballroon drop, and the entire two-thousand plus dancers gathered from around the world singing “Happy “Birthday” to the man who made Lindy Hop what it is today. It was truly a memory we will never forget.

Thank you to all who organized these remarkable events, and we are so grateful for everyone who attended this event in our hometown of New York City. It was such a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends spread out across the world, as well as meet new friends to look forward to more dance with again someday!