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Ask Uncle Sol


Directed by Raymond Kane


Shorty George Snowden

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Shorty George Snowden and his partner Big Bea, towering over him, demonstrate the repertoire of fast-paced comedic steps for which they were known. Shorty retired from professional dancing a few years after this film was made because of severe arthritis in his feet.

When Frankie Manning told the delightful story of how he invented the first airstep in lindy hop, he always described the signature exit step used by Shorty George and Big Bea in the exit of their routine, when Big Bea carries Shorty out on her back. Imagine Manning's surprise and delight when film collector Mark Kantor unearthed this film from 1937 and asked Frankie if he could identify the dancers. It was none other than Shorty George and Big Bea and now everyone could see where Frankie got his inspiration.

Frankie Manning's first airstep, inspired by Shorty and Big Bea:


Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997.May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:15 August 2011. Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to judyp@mcn.orgThis Archive is also part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives maintained by Keith Hughes.