Sadly, Norma Miller passed away on 5th May this year. Born on 2nd December 1919, today would have been her 100th birthday! We wanted to put up a special post dedicated to the Queen of Swing and also reminisce about her trip to London in 2015. Read more below…

The life and times of Norma Miller

Norma Miller – also known as the “Queen of Swing” – was one of the greats of Lindy hop and also the last surviving member of legendary performance troupe Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. She was 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.

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:

Norma Miller on BBC Breakfast 

Norma Miller appears on BBC World Service Radio 

Norma Miller in conversation at the Hippodrome

Norma Miller on BBC Radio Manchester 

Reflections on Norma Miller’s Tour 

Norma Miller, Queen of Swing in London at Large

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