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, May 1, 1999
> >Frankie Manning's 85th Birthday Celebration Bash
> >Roseland Ballroom, NYC Wednesday May 26, 1999.
> >NEW PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED:
> >SING LIM AND ANDREW VASSIOLOU FROM SINGAPORE
> >BUSTER BROWN -- WINNER 1998 TAP DANCE LEGEND AWARD
> >With just over four weeks to go, Sing Lim and Andrew Vassiolou from
> >Singapore and Frankie's long time friend, Buster Brown, Winner of the
> >Tap Dance Legend Award, have been added to the list of performers for
> >Frankie Manning's 85th Birthday Celebration on May 26, 1999 at Roseland
> >Ballroom joining other star performers like the The Rhythm Hot Shots from
> >The floor show will be part of a five hour extravaganza featuring The
> >Grammy Award Winning Count Basie Orchestra directed by Grover Mitchell
> >the 15 piece George Gee Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra with featured
> >vocalist Carla Cook, playing for all to dance on the huge Roseland dance
> >Grover Mitchell, the director of the Count Basie Band, knows the
> >between concert jazz and swing dancing performances, and cannot wait to
> >honor Frankie and play the classic Basie tunes for enthusiastic Lindy
> >Hoppers. This band is the tightest you will ever hear and he promises
> >you will not be able to resist dancing when they play.
> >And, Lindy Hoppers all over are brushing up be among the over 100 couples
> >who will be performing a massive Lindy Chorus, a partner Lindy routine
> >choreographed by Frankie. Among the team leaders are Angie Whitworth,
> >Laura Jeffers, Nathalie Gomes, Elena Iannuuci, Mitch Baranowski, and
> >Martin from NYC, Peter Renzland from Toronto, Debra Sternberg from
> >Washington, DC, Bill Borgida from Ithaca, NY, Aurelie and Tony Tye from
> >Boston, and Jane Dumont from Connecticut. And these team leaders are all
> >selling tickets at a discount price of $45. For more information,
> >Laura Jeffers at ljeffers@... or check the web site,
> >www.frankie85ny.org/nflindychorus.htm for choreography and details.
> >Incidentally, Angie has sold over 65 tickets and just picked up another
> >-- and, Nathalie (who cancelled her trip to Europe to attend) sold 12
> >tickets in just a day to her students. Bill Borgida in Ithaca polished
> >his first 20 tickets "like hotcakes" and just asked for 20 more.
> >Do not wait to buy tickets. You can always buy them at Swing 46 for $45
> >(and $90 for the VIP ticket.) Or buy them now at www.TicketWeb.com with
> >$3 charge [your credit card number is more secure encrypted on the
> >than when you use it in a restaurant.]
> >Or you can wait, and that may mean not getting through on the phone,
> >a World Wide Wait incident, paying extra frees at a TicketMaster location
> >[yes, for your convenience but not free -- $58] , having your ticket not
> >reach you in the mail, paying $75 at the door, or finding this event WILL
> >BE SOLD OUT.
> >Can the Count Basie Band play in NYC and not be SOLD OUT??? Not in
> >history. Add to that George Gee's band which just completed a two week
> >tour creating NYC-envy amongst California, Oregon, and Washington
> >and the opportunity to see performances by Ryan and Jenny, Andrew and
> >The Rhythm Hot Shots, Frankie dancing with 85 gorgeous ladies to the
> >of Shiny Stockings, and then those young Lindy Hoppers from Ithaca, NY,
> >Minnie's Moochers -- this will be an evening you will never forget. It
> >been many many years since Roseland or NYC has seen an event like this.
> >Then there is Buster, The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Shim Sham, and
> >Chazz, Norma and all.
> >Tickets are $50, $75 at the door (if there are any left), and a VIP
> >which includes a cocktail party is $100.
> >MORE INFORMATION and Tickets:
> >Frankie's NYC Birthday Celebration Web Site. www.frankie85ny.org
> >Tickets by phone -- 212-269-4849; 510-594-1400 [live operator -
> >Or use a TicketMaster Outlet.
> >On the Internet -- WWW.TICKETWEB.COM
> >Or at Swing 46, 349 W. 46th Street, NYC (discount for patrons).
> >Mail order through May 1, 1999: Checks Only Payable to Lindy Hop
> >Foundation. Must include self-addressed stamped envelope. $45 for general
> >admission, $90 for VIP. Send to The Lindy Hop Foundation, Inc., Suite 4,
> >17 W. 70 St., NY, NY 10023. Subject to availability.
> >Press Contacts Only: Mitch Baranowski 212-704-4441
> >MORE INFORMATION:
> >The very first New York City performance of the Count Basie Band was at
> >Roseland Ballroom in November, 1936, over 63 years ago. A few months
> >after, the Basie Band played uptown at the Savoy Ballroom, the home turf
> >Frankie Manning, who by then was a dancer in Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.
> >Frankie Manning was born on May 26, 1914 in Jacksonville, Florida, but
> >moved to New York where he grew up in Harlem and ever since has lived in
> >New York City. He is known as the first practitioner of the Lindy Hop
> >step", aerials done with the music. He traveled the world with bands
> >the Count Basie band, appeared in numerous movies, won a Tony Award for
> >Choreography in Black and Blue, and has helped to recreate and revive the
> >Lindy Hop as a truly original American Dance, the source dance for all
> >forms of swing, jitterbug, and jive today.
> >He was featured in the December 1998 issue of GQ and will be the subject
> >a profile in a forthcoming issue of People Magazine. Two weeks before
> >birthday, he will appear in a Great Performances PBS special on Duke
> >Ellington with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
> >Be sure to place your advertisement and birthday greeting in Frankie's
> >Commemorative program -- with new special rates for dance clubs and
> >performance groups. Check out our full page advertisers on the web site.
> >If you are doing a full page, there ask and we can fit you in late.
> >The Birthday Celebration is sponsored by the non-profit Lindy Hop
> >Foundation in association with the New York Swing Dance Society,
> >Night Swing at Lincoln Center, and the American Ballroom Theatre.
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