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Author Topic: Any of y'all dance?  (Read 1029 times)

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Any of y'all dance?
« on: 27 Apr 2009, 19:27 »

I don't know where else this might fit, but Frankie Manning, one of the early greats of the Lindy Hop just died.  Among other things, he invented the aerial (chick flying through the air, making everything awesome).  He was just shy of his 95th birthday.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #1 on: 27 Apr 2009, 19:56 »

So can I blame him for hardcore dancing then?
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #2 on: 27 Apr 2009, 20:01 »

I don't dance so much as I flail my arms around in a schizophrenic fashion while jerking my knees and neck awkwardly to the beat.

/why indie kids don't dance
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #3 on: 27 Apr 2009, 21:02 »

So can I blame him for hardcore dancing then?

Yeah... this was a mistake on my part.

Dancing as in steps and choreography and communication through movement to music.

Not just random flailing or listlessness.  He helped invent the lindy hop, the swing dance of the 30s and 40s.  He had nothing to do with mosh pits or bump and grind.  The first time a young man threw a young woman across the room and she landed with her feet still doing "right, left, right-left-right" in time to a 4-4 jazz number, that was Frankie; the band shut up and the drummer followed her through the air with a crash when she landed.  He helped invent a classic style of dance for a classic style of music.

Then he became a postal worker, because big band jazz went away.  Forty years later, swing came back and he got to live his dream again.  And now he's dead at the age of 94.  He was a world traveler and he liked to tell stories and he loved to dance.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #4 on: 27 Apr 2009, 21:04 »

Mai could dance, were she here.

But she ain't.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #5 on: 27 Apr 2009, 21:08 »

I have pretty much no understanding of how that came to be either; apparently I missed something. Feel free to just tell me it's not any of my business though.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #6 on: 27 Apr 2009, 22:24 »

A friend pointed out to me that white people were at the apex of their dancing potential in the 60s where everybody just sort of spasmed in a really groovy fashion. 
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #8 on: 28 Apr 2009, 01:31 »

This video is not available in YOURFUCKINGCOUTNRYAHRG!

I have dance classes at school, it's a part of the whole drama high school thing.

Oh fuck it sucks so bad.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #9 on: 28 Apr 2009, 03:10 »

I am not sure if this man would consider what I do dancing but I definitely do dance
« Last Edit: 28 Apr 2009, 03:18 by Hat »
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #10 on: 28 Apr 2009, 19:55 »

This video is not available in YOURFUCKINGCOUTNRYAHRG!

I have dance classes at school, it's a part of the whole drama high school thing.

Oh fuck it sucks so bad.
Like a Theatre class?
We're doing musicals next week. I'm excited.
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Re: Any of y'all dance?
« Reply #11 on: 28 Apr 2009, 20:31 »

I actually heard about Frankie, and am super sad. Then again, his life was pretty full of good things (minus the 40 years of postal work), so I would say it is not that much of a shame. Hopefully there is a giant holy USO-in-the-sky waiting for him.
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