Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging

Legend meets Lindy Hop in this 30-minute “documentary of dance” featuring Frankie Manning, a man who, in the words of director Julie Cohen, “truly LIVED every moment of his life.” Frankie made his mark at Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom, which was the vision of Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and Charles Buchanan, a black man. One of the first racially integrated public places in the country, the Savoy was known as “the world’s finest ballroom.” It was there that Frankie became a member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the energetic, immensely talented group that made the Lindy Hop a national phenomenon. Frankie’s dance sequence in Hellzapoppin, which today lives on via YouTube, is still considered the greatest swing dance number of all time. This delightful film features footage of Frankie’s dancing from the 1930s to 2009, along with his last major interview before his death in 2009. Also featured is a reunion between Frankie and 92-year-old Ruthie Rheingold, who with her partner Harry Rosenberg were the only white members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

30 minutes

Shown at

  1. 6th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2010

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