Friday, May 5, 2017

Dance, movement whites didn't know.

Jean Bugatti with the Bugatti Royale ‘Esders’ Roadster in 1932.

Dancers Frankie Manning and Freida Washington
dancing the Lindy Hop.
"Frankie Manning and partner Freida Washington won a contest at the Savoy with his first acrobatic partner-toss. It’s thought that these dramatic flying moves, coming at the time of Lindbergh’s famous flight, inspired the name “Lindy Hop” because of their airborne qualities. Some of the Savoy's finest dancers, including Manning, were recruited to Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, a dance team that was the pinnacle of swing dance. Manning toured the world with them 1936-1943, doing choreography also." - anon   

Jitterbug dancers at a juke joint in 1939!
photo from Library of Congress

American Bandstand, popular in the 1960's into the '70's, showcased white teens who could not dance. It was the Negroes on the show who made the show showing whites how to move to the music." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 4/28/17 

Grace of this dancer.

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