Frankie “Musclehead” Manning, a Harlem dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer widely celebrated as one of the pioneers of the Lindy Hop, a breathlessly acrobatic swing dance style of the 1930s and ’40s, died April 27 at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital of pneumonia. He was 94.
The effortlessly nimble Manning was a star attraction of Harlem’s Savoy ballroom and brought to swing dance a flair for the theatrical that helped catapult the Lindy Hop from ballrooms to stage and screen (Adam Bernstein-L.A. Times).
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