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First Generation:
  Shorty George
  Leroy Stretch Jones
  Twistmouth George

The Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
Leon James

George Grenidge

aka "Long-Legged George", "Long George"

Detail from a 1938 photograph by Howard W. Frank 

Artist Richard Yard was still inspired by Long George in his 2001 Savoy Ballroom poster series
Ann Johnson
Dorothy  Johnson
Norma Miller
Al Minns
Frankie Manning
Mildred Pollard
Billy Ricker
Willa Mae Ricker
Russell Williams 
An important figure in the Golden Age of Lindy Hop, and a member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, George Grenidge danced in three of the five feature films that were made by the group, including the ill-fated Everybody Sing, with Judy Garland.  During the mid to late thirties, when the Lindy Hop grew like wildfire nationally and developed into a substantial dance form at the Savoy, Grenidge was one of the prime movers, along with Frankie Manning and Snooky Beasley.   The three often vied for first place in the Saturday night competions at the Savoy Ballroom.
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He was known as "Long-Legged George" at the Savoy, where there were a number of popular Georges (see Twistmouth George and Shorty George Snowden.) His specialty was Charleston steps.  He created the "Long-Legged Charleston"  to exaggerate even more the prodigious length of his legs by adding a slide forward and back.  This gave the illusion that the kicks extended even further than they did.  He also created the "Turn over Charleston" which you can see him do with the woman in front of him in  A Day at the Races.

   With Frankie Manning, he worked on the development of many of the airsteps, which were then brand new. He is particularly associated with the creation of the Side Flip. 

Grenidge and  Willamae Ricker are featured in the Dec.28, 1936 issue of Life Magazine demonstrating how to do the Lindy Hop. George also danced frequently with Norma Miller and some think he was the best partner she ever had.

     Although a top dancer at the Savoy between 1935 and 1940, Long George seems to have disappeared from the dance scene by 1940 after meeting a woman and settling down into domestic life. 


  • Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997.May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:16 July 2002. Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to