So Let's Talk about NORMA
This year, ILHC is celebrating Norma Miller's 100th Birthday with a lot of special happenings.
So let's talk about NORMA.
Norma was born on December 2, 1919. As a young girl, she lived next to the Savoy, and she and her sister Dot would sit on their fire escape and listen to the music pouring from the ballroom. During the summers, she and other kids would dance on the sidewalk outside the Savoy, earning precious pennies from passers-by that they could use for movie tickets and candy
On Easter of 1932, a famous Savoy dancer named "Twist-mouth" George saw the young Norma dancing outside the venue and brought her in as his partner to win the Easter dance contest, and immediately brought her right back out again.
Just a few years later she was one of the best young dancers at the Savoy, and was asked to be part of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, a new performance group the Savoy's floor manager Herbert White was putting together.
Over her years as a Whitey's Lindy Hopper, she would be one of the stars of the first Harvest Moon Ball, one of the Lindy Hoppers in the famous A Day At The Races and Hellzapoppin' Lindy Hop scenes, and would travel the world at a time when many of her teenage peers might never be able to go very far from the neighborhood.
Here is a collection of her dancing with the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.
After the Whitey's disbanded in the early 40s, Norma became her own boss, creating shows, learning new dance forms, and starting her own performance company the Norma Miller Dancers, and would continue to perform and tour around the world for decades. In the 1970s, she delved into stand-up comedy, and in the 80s, began teaching Lindy Hop to a thirsty new generation of Lindy Hoppers growing around the world. At 99, she is still touring the world teaching, performing, and giving talks.
ILHC is proud to honor Norma Miller and host her 100th birthday extravaganza at this year's event. To celebrate, we'll have members of the Norma Miller Dancers on hand to tell stories about their life and times on the dance floors and the traveling circuit. For the competitors, we're hosting the NORMAlizer contest, a no-holds barred competition with a winner-takes-all prize of $2000 in the spirit of the Harvest Moon Ball. And, finally, for everyone in attendance, we'll take a cue from Norma's early dancing nights at the Savoy with a Battle of the Bands. Register now to take part in the celebration.