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Shorty George 
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The Congaroo Dancers

The Congaroo Dancers were a Lindy Hop performance group led by Frankie Manning after he returned from serving in World War II in 1947. The group originally got its start in 1939 as the primo group of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers known as The Harlem Congaroos. After playing the Cotton Club, they danced in the movie Hellzapoppin' and in the soundie Hot Chocolates. 

The Golden Age:  
Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
Leon James
Ann Johnson
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 theLindyHop
Cootie Williams
Day At The Races 
Chicago &
All That Jazz 
    The Milton Berle Show
 After the Second World War, the popular music scene underwent great changes which affected popular dance styles. Big Band swing music was declining in popularity as newer musical forms emerged. On the one hand, jazz was evolving into Bebop, which was not very danceable, although a 6-count form of Lindy done with a "stutter" did develop in attempt to dance to the new music. On the other hand, Rhythm'n'Blues, a very danceable music, was gaining popularity and evolving into Rock'n'Roll, a music which lacked the syncopated rhythms and melodic sophistication of swing jazz. To this changing music, young people were dancing a simplified form of the Lindy, in which 6-count patterns predominated.
Frankie Manning
 Instructional Videos 
Hot Chocolates 
Jammin'the Blues 
Jittering Jitterbugs
Killer Diller 
Malcolm X 
        Despite a declining audience for jazz-based authentic Lindy Hop, the Congaroo Dancers found a comfortable niche performing in large traveling shows with big name artists and bands, such as the Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole. But the popularity of live stage shows was declining, as well, and they were getting more and more expensive to mount. By 1954 the Congeroos disbanded.
    Written by Judy Pritchett with Frank Manning. Copyright, 1995, 1996, 1997 May not be reproduced without written permission.>. Last updated: 22 September, 1997.