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1913Re: Lee Neilsen

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  • Denis King
    Nov 24, 2005
      Dear Denis,
      As yet I have been unable to find the details regarding Lee's
      passing, but
      thought that the following, from Lee's website, would of interest.

      "Our friend Lee Neilsen.
      No one has contributed more to Swing and Jitterbug in Australia than
      Lee Neilsen. As a dancer innovator and choroegrapher, Lee has no
      peer. Lee
      has been throughout the years a recontour and 'Ambassador of Swing
      Jitterbug', spreading her style to everyone she meets and helps. Lee
      unflagging in her energy and vitality. Lee was born on the 18th
      1922 and still dances, teaches and promotes her own personal time
      capsule of
      Australian dance after all these years.

      As one of Australia's greatest dancers was Lee Neilsen, who with her
      Milton Mitchell, won the Australian National Dance Championships in
      1947 and
      remained undefeated for the next 10 years. Later Lee was to partner
      Frawley they continued to dance and tour Australia as champions well
      the 60's, in all Lee Nielson was National champion for an incredible
      consecutive years! Six O'Clock Rock went to air on February 28 1959
      and yes,
      Lee and her partner Milton did the original opening graphics with two
      dancers superimposed over a clock with the hands of the clock set to

      Lee said her first big opportunity came when she danced on Bill
      Jazz Concerts at the Sydney Town Hall. Lee then went on to dance at
      Sydney Stadium, Festival Hall in Melbourne and Cloudlands in
      Brisbane. At
      these venues she supported such great acts as Johnny Mathis, Della
      Sammy Davis Jnr, Guy Mitchell, and world renowned bands of the time.
      also supported performers such as, Stan Kenton, Lionel Hampton and
      Lopez at the Leichhardt Stadium. At the Trocadero Lee performed
      with Ted
      Heath's Band and did a great specially number with Gene Krupa and
      Artie Shaw
      called Sing, Sing, Sing. Lee also performed this number for
      thousands of
      Amercian Servicemen on board the largest aircraft carrier in the
      world at
      that time, the USS Saratoga. Lee then went on to club work, such as,
      Andre's, with the Shirley Bassey Show at Chequer's. Lee also
      performed at
      the Roosevelt, Celebrity and at Sammy Lee's Diamond Horseshoe,
      exciting acts such as Billy Ekstine, and Billy Daniels. At the
      Bay Stadium, on the Lee Gordon Shows, Lee was a support act with Stan
      Freberg, Earl Grant and The Platters. Lee danced at the Rex Hotel,
      the Cross
      with Buddy Rich. Lee performed on the first edition of Six O'Clock
      Rock show
      at Channel Two for Peter Page and the opening show for Channel Nine
      Henderson's Bandstand, the Keith Walshe Show, Sydney Tonight with
      Bobby Limb
      and Dawn Lake.

      Lee Neilsen with Ron Faturos and the Mayor of Sydney
      Alderman Doug Southerland was a 63 year-old grandmother of five and
      Jitterbugger extraordinaire, was performing to promote a revival of
      original jazz concerts held in Sydney July 1984. "Jitterbugging has
      been here," Lee said snapping her fingers together. " A lot of kids
      do it,
      but call it the Jive. It's much the same thing and I love it!" Lee
      snaps her fingers today with the same energy and style as always."

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