Youth Program

Last year’s Youth Program was a resounding success! We are blessed to have youth groups coming from Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Sweden this year! The culmination will be  our Juniors division on Sunday afternoon. See our first place winners from last year here:





For those interested we would like to provide some information.

For competition, we have a choreographed routine division for Juniors (17 and under).
Please see the contest description by clicking here.

Youth over the age of fourteen (14) may compete in the adult divisions of Jack & Jill and Pro-Am contests. There is no fee for the Junior division. If a junior decides to compete in an adult division, the contest fee remains.

The Juniors division is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at approximately 5pm, with an awards ceremony at 9pm.

For workshops, we are providing a youth track for classes. These classes are open to youth 17 and under. Top international instructors have donated their time to teach the youth track.

Our goal at ILHC is to provide all youth the opportunity to learn Lindy Hop regardless of their financial, social or economic situation. Youth from disadvantaged areas and/or extremely economically challenged have the opportunity to be sponsored under our Youth Program.  ILHC, The Frankie Manning Foundation and The Lindy Hopper’s Fund have committed funds to off-set expenses for weekend passes, hotel rooms, meals, transportation, etc. These funds are extremely limited and need-based appointed.

If you have youth to be considered for the Program please contact us at ilhcinfo@ilhc.com. Please provide as much information as you can regarding the number of youth to be considered, their ages and any specifics you can provide on their economic situation.

Youth Program Staff

Youth Program Director

Melody Sturdivant

Melody Sturdivant

Assistant Program Directors

Anna Whitmire

Anna Whitmire


Jamin Jackson

Please help support the Youth Program by donating the the

Frankie Manning Foundation

If you are interested in donating to the Fund you may do so by submitting a payment through paypal to the Frankie Manning Fund at info@frankie95.com Money donated to the Fund is tax deductible.










The Frankie Manning Legacy Fund is a project of the Houston Swing Dance Society (HSDS), a 501 ( c)(3) non profit public charity dedicated to the promotion of swing music and dance in Houston and beyond. The Fund is directed and governed by a separate and independent advisory board.The advisory board consists of Chazz Young (Frankie’s eldest son), Judy Pritchett (Frankie’s long time companion), and Cynthia Millman (Frankie’s Biographer).