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Fankie Manning RIP

From: J J T.
Sent on: Monday, April 27, 2009 2:55 PM
For those of you who who made the Frankie Manning Meet-up group that was an extremely special night considering that Frankie Manning, the legendary city dancer who helped create the Lindy Hop in the 1930s, died early this morning of complications from pneumonia.

He was a month away from his 95th birthday, for which friends had been planning a party and tribute.

Manning, who was hospitalized 10 days ago, had been suffering physical problems since he took a fall last year.

Until then, he had remained an active dancer and had told friends he was looking forward to dancing at next month's party. There was no immediate announcement this morning on whether FrankieFest ?95, scheduled for May 21-25 with dancing competitions, music and instruction, will continue as a memorial tribute.

Manning and his partner Fredi Washington are credited with developing the Lindy Hop's first "aerial" step in a 1935 competition at the Savoy Ballroom.

He then became the choreographer for the famous troupe Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

He toured the world in recent years, teaching and encouraging an international revival of swing dance. He also became one of the great characters of New York's dance world.

At his annual birthday bashes, he was known for insisting on dancing with as many women as his age.

Last year it was 94. An announcement is expected shortly on funeral and memorial services in the city.

Friends say well-wishers can send notes to Frankie Manning, P.O. Box[masked], Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373.

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