Malcolm X Lindy Hop Scene

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Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
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Dorothy  Johnson
Norma Miller
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Russell Williams

Malcolm X


Directed by Spike Lee


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The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the LHop
Cootie Williams
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All That Jazz 
Frankie Manning
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Killer Diller 
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Queen of Swing
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The Spirit Moves
Stompin' at theSavoy 
Swing Kids
Swingin'at the Savoy
Symphony in Black

African Roots
In this film of the life of  the great African American activist Malcolm X, his early fascination with Lindy Hop is portrayed with exciting dance scenes. The dancing was choreographed by Otis Sallid who supplied the staging. Frankie Manning was dance consultant and provided the authentic Lindy Hop styling, steps and movement.During the rehearsals, Spike Lee frequently asked "Is this right, Mr. Manning?" and was clearly concerned with accurate portrayal of the Lindy Hop. Despite this, the editing of the final version of the film bore Otis Sallid's unmistakable imprint as an MTV choreographer. Perhaps most misleading was the impression made that airsteps were done constantly on the dance floor of the Savoy Ballroom, whereas in reality they were only done during contests and in jams, when the dancers were virtually cordoned off by a circle of spectators.


Denzel Washington  
Spike Lee  
Debbie Elkins  
John Festa  
John Elijade  
Dawn Hampton  
Frankie Manning  
Norma Miller  
Ryan Francois  
Chazz Young 
Debbie Williams

        Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997. May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:13 August 2011.
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