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Norma Miller – also known as the “Queen of Swing” – is one of the greats of Lindy hop and is the last surviving member of legendary performance troupe Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. She is also an author, choreographer, comedian and actor who has worked in show business for over seven decades.
Born in Harlem, New York in 1919, Norma’s dance career began at the age of 12 when she was approached outside the Savoy Ballroom by Twist Mouth George. After winning the Savoy Lindy Hop Contest in the early 1930s, Herbert “Whitey” White asked Norma to join his group, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, whose members also included Lindy hop legend Frankie Manning.
With Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Norma performed on Broadway and in motion pictures including A Day at the Races (1937) and Hellzapoppin’ (1941). She has remained in show business ever since and has continued to appear on television, film and in documentaries.
Today, Norma continues to appear regularly at Lindy hop events around the world. In February 2015 we were lucky enough to host her in London as part of her European tour. Our photos, videos and recollections of this very special visit can be found below.
As part of her 2015 European tour, Swing Patrol arranged for Norma Miller to speak to the BBC World Service in an interview which was broadcast to over 40 million people around the world. You can listen to her interview in full here.
Norma Miller joined us at the Hippodrome as part of her London tour and shared stories with us from her life and career. Watch her interview in full and see our photos here.
Norma Miller appeared on BBC Radio Manchester show “The People” in February 2015 as part of her UK tour. Have a listen here.
In February 2015 Norma Miller joined BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and Bill Turnbull to talk about “the beat”, Harlem and what makes a good dancer. Catch up on all the action here.
Scott’s reflections on Norma Miller’s London tour What an incredible two days. I want to just thank a few people and thank you all for supporting this unique opportunity. I personally will never forget these last 48 hours and have so many great memories and anecdotes about all the stories Norma shared. Thanks to: Marco…