Saturday, May 26, 2007

Happy 93rd Birthday, Frankie!

Today is the 93rd birthday of Frankie Manning, one of the most amazing dancers from whom I've been privileged to learn. He became a star in the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem in the 1930's, made Lindy Hop famous, and invented insane acrobatics that choreographers still copy today. He's also inspirational for his resilience. When swing fell out of vogue, he went to work for the post office, and was lured out of retirement thirty years later to travel the world again, this time as a teacher. SwingDaddy and I have always been awed at his patience and clarity, not to mention his fabulous storytelling.

Dancers around the world banded together today to buy his new autobiography on Amazon, so that we could make his book a bestseller on his birthday. I saw the ranking at #7 when I placed our order, so it looks like everyone came through!

Happy Birthday, Frankie! And many more to come.


mayberry said...

What a cool birthday gift!

Lady M said...

I'm hoping to have a bestseller when I'm 93 too. ;)