Lindy Hop, the original Swing Dance


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First Generation:
Shorty George
Leroy Stretch Jone
Twistmouth George
The  Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
Leon James
Ann Johnson


Al Minns 

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One of the great dancers of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Al Minns was an energetic dancer with a wild, crazy-leg style reminiscent of "Long-Legged George" Grenidge. Minns was in Whitey's top group, known as The Harlem Congaroos and apppeared in the feature film Hellzapoppin' and in the popular soundie Hot Chocolates.  As the youngest dancer in this group, he was particularly fit and flexible. On the initial backstep of his swingout, he formed a striking horizontal plane. 

Dorothy  Johnson
Norma Miller
Al Minns
Frankie Manning
Mildred Pollard
Billy Ricker
Willa Mae Ricker
Russell Williams 
 After Seben
The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the Lindy H
Cootie Williams
Day At The Races 
Minns continued to perform Lindy Hop and jazz dance with James thru the fifties and sixties. They both feature prominently in Mura Dehn's The Spirit Moves, in solo and duet performance. They performed in nightclubs, worked the college campus circuit with Marshall Stearns, and also made a number of TV appearances.
Chicago &
All That Jazz 
Frankie Manning
 Instructional Videos
Hot Chocolates 
Jammin'the Blues 
Jittering Jitterbugs
Killer Diller 
Malcolm X 
Outline Jitterbug Hist
Radio City Revels 
The Spirit Moves 
Stompin' at the Savoy 
Swing Kids 
Swingin'at the Savoy 
Symphony in Black
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  Frankie Manning CD
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Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997.May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:1 September 1997. Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to This Archive is also part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives maintained by Keith Hughes.