HISTORY of the SavoyStyle Swing Dance Shop
The SavoyStyle Shop evolved quite naturally from the Archives of Early Lindy Hop (www.SavoyStyle.com) which Judy Pritchett created on the internet in 1995. In 1996 the first product was offered for sale as a favor to friend Norma Miller. It was the first item that Judy had ever sold since Girl Scout cookies: Autographed copies of Norma Miller's book, "Swingin' at the Savoy." Next it seemed only fair to carry friend Frankie Manning's instructional video series; at that time it was the only quality Lindy Hop instruction on video. Finally, readers of the Archives started sending Judy emails asking where they could obtain videos of the film clips they read about on the Archives -- the rest is history. The two things that Judy enjoys most about her work are being able to get brand new dancers started, often with her support and "e"-hand holding, and being able to provide experienced dancers with rare historic videos. "It is great to be able to offer something like Keep Punchin' so people can see what the Big Apple looked like at the height of its popularity, and see it done to perfection by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. I feel that I can play a part in keeping the original spirit of the Savoy Ballroom alive." on May 26, 2002, Manning's 88th birthday.
Frankie Manning and Judy Pritchett at the
dedication of the Savoy Ballroom monument,
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