Happy birthday, Frankie Manning. Google Doodle is honoring the beloved dancer and choreographer’s 102nd birthday. Here’s 5 key things to know about him!
Frankie Manning is known as one of the founders of Lindy Hop, and Google Doodle is honoring his 102nd birthday with a sweet tribute. You’re all probably wondering who the heck is Frankie Manning, so HollywoodLife.com has come up with 5 facts to know about him!
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1. He’s one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop.
Lindy Hop was started in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. Lindy Hop was a hybrid dance of jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. Frankie’s one of the most well-known lindy hoppers.
2. He had a movie career!
Frankie starred in a number of movies throughout the 1930s and 1940s, including A Day at the Races, Hot Chocolates and Keep Punching. He also did the choreography for Malcolm X and Stompin’ at the Savoy in 1992.
3. He won a Tony!
He choreographed the Broadway show Black and Blue. He won a Tony for his choreography in 1989.
4. He performed the first aerial in a swing dance competition.
Frankie and his partner, Frieda Washington, performed the first aerial in a swing dance competition in 1935. They were competing against George “Shorty” Snowden.
5. He died in 2009.
Frankie died at the age of 94 on April 27, 2009. He was interred in the Hillcrest Plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
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