Educational Panels

Exciting Program of Educational Panels from May 22nd-May 25th
Frankie 100 is pleased to present 7 educational panels featuring over 40 experts on a wide variety of swing dance and music topics. Programs will feature fascinating information, lively discussion, film/music clips, and audience Q&A. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to guarantee a place.

▪   Admission is included for full weekend pass holders. Full weekend participants should reserve their spot as part of their “Personalize Your Frankie 100 Experience” options.

▪   The public may reserve spots for a modest fee of $10/panel or a full Panel Pass for $40 here.

Title: Scene Building Roundtable & Meetup
Description: Organizers around the world who have built swing dance scenes will share stories and tips about how they did it. This panel will feature a wealth of information on how to initiate, develop, and maintain a vibrant and sustainable Lindy hop community. Dances, classes, organization, publicity, finances, successes, lessons learned, and future plans will be covered. Please join us to get ideas, and to share your own experiences.
Panel Leader: Lana Turner (Harlem)
Panelists: Gaston Fernandez (Buenos Aires), Jamin Jackson (Oklahoma), Barbara A. Jones (Harlem), “Adamas” Kangseok Kim (Korea), Helena Norbelie (Sweden), Ryan Swift (New York), Nando Valoi (Mozambique), Hiro Yamada (Tokyo)
Date/Time: Thursday, May 22nd from 3pm-4:45pm
Location: Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (West 135th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues)
**This particular Thursday Panel is FREE to all and open to the public. No tickets or wristband required. Please show up at the door.

Title: The Dance Called the Big Apple
Description: The Big Apple was an American dance craze in 1937. Starting in an African American night club in Columbia, South Carolina, it was discovered by local white teens and spread “like wildfire.”  A Big Apple choreographed by Frankie Manning is popular with many swing dancers today. Judy Pritchett’s documentary on the Big Apple’s history will be shown; Richard Durlach will talk about its roots in his hometown; Lance Benishek will teach some authentic Big Apple steps.
Panel Leader: Judy Pritchett
Panelists: Lance Benishek, Richard Durlach
Date/Time: Friday, May 23rd from 1:30pm-3pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Title: Frankie’s Music: The State of Swing, Then and Now
Description: A gathering of world-class jazz musicians who are active in the swing dance community will talk about their understanding of the music of the Swing Era, which inspired the Lindy Hop and Frankie. They’ll also discuss the modern state of live music for dance events.
Panel Leader: Adam Lee
Panelists: Adrian Cunningham, Wycliffe Gordon, Michael Hashim, Jack Jeffers, Eve Zanni
Date/Time: Friday, May 23rd from 3:30pm-5pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Title: The Swing Dance Revival: Causes, Turning Points, Highlights
Description: Panelists who helped pioneer the swing dance revival from the mid 1980s, through the late 1990s, and into the 21st century will discuss the reasons for renewed and continuing interest in swing dancing, and will reminisce about outstanding events and memorable moments.
Panel Leader: Lennart Westerlund
Panelists: Margaret Batiuchok, Ryan Francois, Catrine Ljunggren, Larry Schulz, Erin Stevens, Sylvia Sykes
Date/Time: Saturday, May 24th from 1:30pm-3pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Title: Norma, Dawn, Chazz: A Conversation
Description: Manu Smith will facilitate an intimate conversation with these beloved swing dance elders about their lives; their relationship with Frankie; and the history, present, and future of Lindy hopping. Audience: bring the questions you’ve always wanted to ask Norma, Dawn, and Chazz.
Panel Leader: Manu Smith
Panelists: Dawn Hampton, Norma Miller, Chazz Young
Date/Time: Saturday, May 24th from 3:30pm-5pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Title: Frankie Manning: Remembering the Man
Description: For most of us Frankie was a superb dancer, teacher, and source of inspiration. For some of us he was also a dance partner, close friend, companion, and father. In this presentation, we will meet Frankie through personal sketches and episodes from people who had the opportunity to spend lots of time with Frankie on and off the dance floor through the years.
Panel Leader: Lennart Westerlund
Panelists: Ewa “W” Burak, Ryan Francois, Dawn Hampton, Norma Miller, Cynthia Millman, Steven Mitchell, Judy Pritchett, Chazz Young
Date/Time: Saturday, May 24th from 8pm-9pm
Location: Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues)
Note: This event is for full weekend pass holders only.

Title: Jazz Dance Research Roundtable
Description: Vernacular jazz dance is an important, complex, and multi-faceted cultural phenomenon. This panel brings together leading specialists in fields as diverse as history, musicology, and sociology to discuss the current state of jazz dance research, and how their work has been touched by Frankie’s life and legacy. Each panelist has dedicated significant portions of his/her life to studying the dances Frankie loved, as well as the communities that developed around these dances.
Panel Leader: Chris Wells
Panelists: Lance Benishek, Mickey Davidson, Harri Heinilä, Cynthia Millman, E. Moncell Durden, Anaïs Sékiné
Date/Time: Sunday, May 25th from 1:30pm-3pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Title: From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor, 1950s and Beyond
Description: The Savoy Ballroom, which had many dance styles, closed in 1958. The NY Swing Dance Society founded the Cat Club dances in 1985. These exciting “Savoy-and-beyond” dancers bridge the gap between the Savoy and the Swing Renaissance. What is it about the Lindy that inspires them? What influences their social Lindy hopping? What makes their styles look different, feel different–so difficult to achieve today? Backgrounds, styles, and music! Opinions, inspiration, and epiphanies!
Panel Leader: Margaret Batiuchok
Panelists: Sonny Allen, Barbara Billups, Frank Festa, Darlene Gist, Charlie Meade, George Sullivan, Sugar Sullivan
Date/Time: Sunday, May 25th from 3:30pm-5pm
Location: Ailey School theater (405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue)
*Weekend wristband or ticket required. To purchase a ticket, please click here.

Panel Topic
THURSDAY
3pm to 4:45pm Scene Building Roundtable & Meetup
FRIDAY
1:30pm to 3pm The Dance Called the Big Apple
3:30pm to 5pm Frankie’s Music: The State of Swing, Then and Now
SATURDAY
1:30pm to 3pm The Swing Dance Revival: Causes, Turning Points, Highlights
3:30pm to 5pm Norma, Dawn, Chazz: A Conversation
8pm-9pn Frankie Manning: Remembering the Man (Note: for full weekend pass holders only)
SUNDAY
1:30pm to 3pm Jazz Dance Research Roundtable
3:30pm to 5pm From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor, 1950s and Beyond

 

Most of the options listed in the A-Z drop down menu are included in your Frankie 100 pass. Frankie 100 pass holders should pre-register for each option they want to attend starting on February 15th. Please see http://frankie100.com/sneak-peek-personalize-your-frankie-100-experience/ for more information.