Amy and Matt’s Mazatlan Wedding at Mayan Sea Garden in Mexico

April 23, 2009

Photography Exhibition at the Architechtural Heritage Center of Portland

April 28, 2009

Frankie Manning – May 26, 1914 – April 27, 2009

April 27, 2009
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It is with great sadness I learned Frankie Manning passes away today. He was an amazing dancer, and has been teaching workshops event his year, at the age of 95. He was scheduled to be in Portland later this year. Earlier this month we photographed a shim sham event by Denise Steele that was done by him. The video of it was to be shown at his 95th birthday. I was able to attend some of his workshops and one thing I learned from him was to always smile while dancing. He had an infectious energy. He will be missed.

Manning and his partner Fredi Washington are credited by creating the first air step or an aerial at a 1935 competition at the famous Savoy Ballroom. He was also the chreographer for the famous Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. On his birthdays he insisted on dancing with as many women as his age.

Here is a video of him:

Here is his bio:

Denise Steele and Frankie Manning at 1999 Workshop at Crystal Ballroom

Evrim and Frankie

Me and Frankie in 2000

Evrim and Frankie

Frankie Manning teaching a 1999 (?) Workshop With Denise Steele at Crystal Ballroom

Evrim and Frankie

Aerial Step (Life Magazine)

Evrim and Frankie