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Do you know where the name "The Lindy Hop" Comes from? July 05 2021

Who invented it and who started the form of the dance that we know nowadays?
We'll give you a hint ūüėČ the step that you might know named the "Shorty George" has to do with it.
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See this movie clip of "After Seben" in 1929 in COLOR! Thanks to Black Pepper Swing and learn all about it in the text below !
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George "Shorty" Snowden was an African American dancer in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s. He and his partner Mattie Purnell invented the Harlem Lindy Hop in the dance marathon at Harlem's Rockland Palace between June and July 1928.
Shorty George Snowden was the top dancer in the Savoy Ballroom from its opening in 1927 into the early 30's when he formed the first professional Lindy Hop troupe, the Shorty Snowden Dancers. They performed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra at the Paradise Club downtown through most of the thirties.
Although he was barely five feet tall, Snowden made his height an asset rather than a liability. With comic genius, he parodied himself in his signature "Shorty George" step, in which he bent his knees, swinging from side to side, exaggerating his closeness to the ground.
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Shorty's partner, Big Bea, towered over him. They often ended their routines in a comic move in which she carried him off the dance floor on her back. Frankie Manning says that this move inspired him to create his first air step, in which his partner started out on his back, and then she flipped over his head and landed on the ground. Ironically, Shorty was defeated by Manning in a major competition when Manning introduced this first air step in 1935. Manning replaced Snowden as the reigning king of the Savoy.
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Manning remembers his first idol and sometimes competitor at the Savoy this way: "Shorty was a great comic dancer who knew his art well, like Jack Benny on violin and Victor Borge on piano. He brought comical moves to Lindy Hop and intricacies of footwork."
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Snowden is often given credit for giving Lindy Hop its name. As the story goes, there was a charity dance-marathon in New York City in 1928, shortly after Charles Lindbergh's (known as "Lucky Lindy") triumphant "hop" across the Atlantic. A reporter saw Snowden break away from his partner and improvise a few steps in a style that was popular in Harlem. "What was that!?" he asked. Snowden thought for a few seconds and replied, "I'm doin' the Hop...the Lindy Hop". The name stuck.
Now that you know where the term comes from you can understand our Lindy Hops Tee, which shows the newspaper tabloid when Lindenberg flew through the Atlantic for the first time.
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Happy Birthday Frankie Manning! May 28 2014

Frankie Manning is dancing in heaven! Yes he is ! The biggest and most amazing birthday party NYC (and probably the world) has ever seen has recently finished (and we are still recovering).

New york city held five days of non stop craziness that included great shows in historical places where lindy hop was born like the Apollo theatre and the Cotton Club up in East Harlem. Live Bands that would play ALL NIGHT LONG till 4 am, such as Gordon Webster, The Carling Family Band and the George Gee Orchestra.Amazing all levels lessons, and a crazy fast hellzappoping comptetition won by Soochan Lee and Hyun Jung Choi from Korea

We could not believe our eyes when more than two thousand slices of a sweet potato pie we have only heard about in songs where served just before midnight. All of a sudden blue and yellow ballons filled the air and flown vividly up and down three storages at Terminal 5 while  people from over 47 nations from Seoul to Argentina sang  together  the happy birthday. All, to honor a man we will always love and keep his memory alive. The one and only Frankie Manning!