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Norma Miller, Queen of Swing needs our help! 

Norma Miller, Queen of Swing needs our help! We love Norma Miller and can vividly the remember the time Swing Patrol bought her to London. One of the pioneers of this amazing art form, Norma played an instrumental role in paving the way for all of us and is at the heart and soul of […]

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The life and times of Frankie Manning

Swing dancer extraordinaire Frankie Manning was a leading dancer at Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom where in the mid-1930s, he revolutionised the course of the lindy hop with his innovations, including the air step. As a featured dancer and chief choreographer for the spectacular Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, he performed in numerous films (including Hellzapoppin’ (1941)), and […]

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The life and times of Norma Miller

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 […]

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The life and times of Jean Veloz

Jean Veloz (born Jeannette Phelps) is an icon of the Hollywood style of Lindy Hop. After learning to dance with her brothers in the family living room, Jean’s career took off when she won a Screen Actor’s Guild membership card and a dance cameo in the film Swing Fever (1943) in a Hollywood dance contest. […]

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The Frankie Manning Timeline

THE LIFE OF FRANKIE MANNING 1914 Frankie Manning was born on the 26th of May, 1914, in Jacksonville, Florida. According to Frankie, his mother, a party lady, told him that even before he was born he used to kick in time to the music when she went out dancing. At the age of three, Frankie […]

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Norma Miller on BBC World Service Radio

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.

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Norma Miller on BBC Breakfast

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.

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Reflections on Norma Miller’s tour

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 […]