Whitey's Lindy Hoppers

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers was a professional performing group of Savoy Ballroom swing dancers, started in 1935 by Herbert "Whitey" White. The group took on many different forms, with up to 12 different groups performing under this name or one of a number of different names used for the group over the years, including "Whitey's Hopping Maniacs", "Harlem Congaroo Dancers", and "The Hot Chocolates". In addition to touring both nationally and internationally, the group appeared in a number of feature films and Broadway productions and counted Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis Jr. among their celebrity regulars.

Of the members of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Al Minns and Leon James are amongst the most famous, in part for their role in the research of Jean and Marshall Stearns's influential book 'Jazz Dance', and Al Minns for his work with The Rhythm Hot Shots in the 1980s revival. Today, Norma Miller and Frankie Manning are still some of this era's most influential teachers.

Members

"(partial list)"

*Louise "Pal" Andrews
*Tiny Bunch
*Eunice Callen
*Wilda Crawford
*Mildred Cruse
*Joe "Big Stupe" Daniels
*Joyce "Little Stupe" Daniels
*Eddie Davis
*William Downes
*Elnora Dyson
*George Greenidge
*Connie Hill
*Leon James
*Ann Johnson
*Dorothy "Dot" Johnson
*Frances "Mickey" Jones
*Thomas "Tops" Lee
*Maggie McMillan
*Frankie Manning
*Lucille Middleton
*Norma Miller
*Al Minns
*Mildred Pollard
*Billy Ricker
*Willamae Ricker
*Stumpy
*Naomi Waller
*Esther Washington
*Freida Washington
*Jerome Williams
*Russell Williams

Filmography

*"A Day at the Races" (Marx Brothers) (1937)
*"Keep Punching" (aka "Big Apple", "Jittering Jitterbugs") (1937)
*"Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" (1937)
*"Radio City Revels" (1938)
*"Hellzapoppin'" (1941)
*"Hot Chocolates" ("Cottontail") (1941 Soundie)

Broadway Features

*Hot Mikado (with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson)
*Black Rhythm (1936)
*Cotton Club Revue (with Cab Calloway) (1938)

See also

*Swing (dance)
*Lindy hop
*History of lindy hop
*Savoy-Style Lindy Hop
*African American dance
*Big Apple
*Harlem Renaissance
*

Further reading

* Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman, "Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop", Temple University Press, 2007, ISBN 1-59213-563-3.

External links

* [http://www.savoystyle.com/whiteys_lindy_hoppers.html Whitey's Lindy Hoppers at Savoystyle.com]
* [http://www.streetswing.com/histmai2/d2wlh2.htm Whitey's Lindy Hoppers at Street Swing]


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