Nov. 27-29 NORMA-96 Queen of Swing Fest Weekend for 96th B-Day of living Lindy legend Norma Miller (IN PERSON); North American Lindy Open & Busker Battle with Solo Routine Contests-Show off for Norma! Norma, master originator of Lindy, danced in Harlem in 1930s w/Frankie Manning & helped spread the love of Lindy around the world (more below)!
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Norma Miller has been noted as Queen of Swing in documentaries, Film and tv. Starting as a dancer at the Savoy Ballroom, Harlem in 1930's she has also appeared as a comedian on film and TV with the likes of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Redd Foxx Samford and Son's tv show! Miller has danced with Frankie Manning and others in Films Marx Brothers' 'A Day at the Races' (1937) and 'Hellzapoppin' (1941); Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992); Stompin' at the Savoy (1992), John Biffar's Captiva (1995), along with documentaries such as the National Geographic's Jitterbug (1991) and the Smithsonian Jazz series on NPR. More below...
Celebrating Queen of Swing 95th Birthday, San Francisco welcomes original Harlem dancer Queen of Swing, film star and comedian Norma Miller with North American Championships and International Swing Hall of Fame. Three time author with books like 'Swingin' at the Savoy' and comedian who performed and appeared on tv shows with Rede Foxx, Bill Cosby and many comedy greats!
Norma Miller (born 2 December 1919 in Harlem, New York) is an American swing dancer known to many people as The Queen of Swing. She was interviewed along with dance partner Frankie Manning in Ken Burns documentary Jazz. Discussing the early days of swing dancing, Norma describes the start of her dancing career at the Savoy Ballroom (which was just across street from where she lived) during the early 30s in Harlem. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom's legendary dancer Twistmouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.
Miller was a member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. The author of several books, Norma Miller's Swing Baby Swing, chronicles the evolution of the swing dance culture into the 21st century. Norma Miller's biography, Swingin' at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, recollects her youthful encounters with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ethel Waters, and other jazz musicians.
Miller was honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop”.
In addition, Norma Miller has been featured performing in a number of movies, including some of the most viewed vintage movies by Lindy Hoppers and swing dancers worldwide: the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races (1937) and Hellzapoppin' (1941); Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992); Stompin' at the Savoy (1992), John Biffar's Captiva (1995), along with documentaries such as the National Geographic's Jitterbug (1991) and the Smithsonian Jazz series on NPR.
In the 1960s, Norma Miller began working with Redd Foxx at his comedy club and later joined him on his 1970s television series Sanford and Son, serving as a stand up comic, actor and choreographer. In Ken Burns's documentary Jazz (2001), Norma's recollections provide a first-hand account of the Harlem music and dance scene of the 1930s and '40s.
Since her time at the Savoy Ballroom, Norma has also worked on film and TV with the likes of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Ella Fitzgerald.
Her latest documentary, Queen of Swing, narrated by Bill Cobbs, takes an inside look at Norma Miller's influence in the globalization of America's jazz culture and her and her fellow artists' role in racial integration. The documentary features interviews with Bill Cosby, Bill Cobbs, the late Frankie Manning, and the late Leonard Reed. Norma now lives in Fort Myers, FL.
Swing Festival weekend includes dances, Bands, Workshops, North American Swing Championships and International Swing Hall of Fame awards!
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