It is with sadness that we write about the passing of the legendary Norma Miller, the Queen of Swing. On 5th May, at the age of 99 Norma left us, surrounded by family and friends. The last surviving member of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Norma has truly left behind a legacy. This was the dance troupe that started out at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom and popularized the Lindy Hop in Broadway shows, on tours of Europe and Latin America, and in Hollywood films. It is reported that Norma slipped away surrounded by a family and friends at her bedside listening to Stardust, then took her last breath as Jumpin’ at the Woodside commenced.
Norma Miller has been a huge source of inspiration to every Lindy hopper worldwide and will always be remembered not only for her incredible dancing but also her indomitable spirit.
We have been reminiscing about the time we were lucky enough to bring Norma to London and are so grateful that our amazing community of dancers got to spend time with her. You can see video footage of Norma in London below. You can also look at our photo album of the trip on our Facebook page here. One of Scott Cupit’s proudest moments was when, after having watched the Brat Pack perform, Norma exclaimed that they embodied the spirit of Lindy hop! We will cherish these memories and the Queen of Swing will always be an inspiration to us all.
Click here to read the New York Times obituary.