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: