The goal of the event taking place in May 2019 in New York City will be to get back to the roots of the dance with the deep respect and study that was originally given to it in the early part of the revival.
The panel discussions, still being planned, will look at the historical context of the dance, the African American origins of the dance, and the history both from the original swing era and from the revival of the 1980s and beyond.
There are also collaborations with the community in Harlem, liaising with Julia Loving and Cynthia Brown, to include as many cultural components as possible both over the weekend and in the week leading up to the main event for anyone who is available to visit New York early. Some of the possible cultural activities include:
- A tour of the Woodlawn Cemetery, including Frankie Manning’s grave as well the graves of many important jazz musicians including Duke Ellington and others
- Walking tours of Harlem
- Sunday night Frankie Tribute dance at the historic Alhambra Ballroom
- A visit to the Louis Armstrong Museum (Corona/Queens)
- & more
Lindy Hop of course originated in the African American community in Harlem. Here are some excellent links about the history of Lindy Hop:
- Swing History 101
- Frankie Manning – Bio
- The Savoy
- Wikipedia: Lindy Hop
- Wikipedia: Norma Miller
- AUDIO: From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor, 1950s and Beyond