The International Lindy Hop Championships would like to recognize and honor those who have come before us and who helped develop, drive and keep the flame of Lindy Hop alive in all of us. The Frankie Manning Trailblazer Award and induction into the Hall of fame is for Lifetime Achievement. At ILHC 2012 the very 1st International Lindy Hop Hall of Fame recipient went to Frankie Manning. We continue this tradition in 2017 of honoring our LEGENDS!
Since the 1930s, Frankie Manning has been one of the most important forces in the development and dissemination of the lindy hop. He is credited with many influential and lasting innovations to this truly American art form, including the lindy air step and the synchronized ensemble lindy routine, both of which helped catapult the dance from ballroom to stage and screen.
Known to many as the Queen of Swing, Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.
Jean Phelps Veloz
Jean Phelps Veloz, the icon of the Hollywood-Style Lindy to new generations of swing dancers, provides a living bridge from the Los Angeles dance scene of the 1940’s to the present-day Lindy Hop revival that has swept the United States and the rest of the world since the late 1990’s.
Barbara Billups was Sonny Allen’s partner after he won the Lindy Championship at New York’s Harvest Moon Ball in 1958.Together with Sugar Sullivan, Barbara was one of the four young ladies of “Sonny Allen and The Rockets” fame. The Rockets, a song & dance revue, grew out of the dancing at New York’s Savoy Ballroom. They traveled across The United States and Canada, entertaining packed audiences in hotels and nightclubs everywhere.
Sugar Sullivan started her career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and professional dancer at the age of nine. Sugar was a member of the Original Jazz Dancers, a distinguished group of Lindy Hoppers and Hoofers from Harlem’s heyday. Sugar has been featured with the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, and Panama Francis and his Savoy Sultans among others.
DANCE LEGEND From the Savoy Ballroom and the Palladium Ballroom era, Sonny Allen is one of the remaining interpreters of the Savoy style of Swing alongside Frankie Manning and Norma Miller. A consummate dancer and performer that exudes smoothness, pizzazz and suave, Sonny is a gracious gentleman who when observed, has the utmost respect for the women that he dances and performs with, and is always willing to share his knowledge of dance.
Dawn Hampton was born in 1928, in Middletown, Ohio. Her father, Clark Deacon Hampton, Sr., had a family band and vaudeville act that was part of a traveling carnival. She grew up listening to the music of the family band, Deacon Hampton’s Pickaninnys, sitting on an orange box behind her mother Laura’s piano.
Chazz Young, a spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, was first inspired by his father, Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning. Today he tours worldwide, spreading the gospel of Lindy Hop and Tap. In addition to his work as a choreographer and performer, he teaches Lindy Hop in his home town of Las Vegas to the most important dancers of today: the young people who are just now learning to partner dance.
Sylvia Sykes is a swing dancer, dance instructor, judge and choreographer. In particular she is considered by most to be the leading authority on the dance Balboa. She is known for reviving the swing dance style balboa. Sykes and her dance partner Jonathan Bixby started dancing together when she was fourteen years old. Sylvia is also one of the founders of the International Lindy Hop Championships.
Lennart started out dancing a Swedish form of American Jitterbug in the very early 1980s. In 1983 he came across the Lindy Hop through books and old film clips, and in May the following year he travelled to New York on the look-out for the roots of the dance form. He soon met, studied and started to spend time with old-timers including Al Minns, Frankie Manning and Norma Miller. In 1985 he co-formed the semi-professional and later on highly recognized Swedish dance company The Rhythm Hot Shots (now Harlem Hot Shots).
Lennart is today still a most active dancer, instructor, lecturer, judge and administrator. He divides his time between the Herräng Dance Camp, the Chicago swing dance studio, and traveling around teaching and giving lectures. After some 35 revival and renaissance years of the Lindy Hop, Lennart is one of very few of the pioneers that are still active in the scene. His background and dedicated interest in the Harlem roots of vernacular jazz dancing has positioned him as an important link between the past and the present.