Past Birthday Celebrations

Birthday parties for Frankie have been extensive celebrations, often spanning for 3 months or more in locations across the world. The largest event of all time and the precursor for Frankie 100 was the celebration turned memorial and tribute, Frankie 95 in New York City.

In addition to, for more information about ongoing Frankie celebrations and the extensive Frankie 99 events, please visit


Frankie Manning’s 80th Birthday -- Can’t Top The Lindy Hop  – A four-day celebration of Frankie Manning’s 80th birthday in May of 1994. Hundreds of Lindy Hop afficionados came to New York City from all over the world to celebrate a life dedicated to Lindy Hop. The remarkable dancing that took place in performances, workshops and on the dance floor set a new standard of excellence for the Lindy Hop revival.

Frankie Manning 80th Birthday Tribute Video, Can’t Top The Lindy Hop

FM85ProgCoverFrankie 85 – Frankie Manning’s 85th Birthday Tour -- Frankie Manning’s 85th Birthday Tour consisted of  4 birthday parties in 4 different cities over 4 consecutive weekends. Frankie was at each one of them to eat his Birthday cake – Munich, New York City, San Francisco and Catalina.

The New York celebration took place at the Roseland Ballroom, where a pair of Frankie’s shoes were added to a lobby display case alongside those of other famous dancers, including Fred Astaire, Savion Glover, and Gregory Hines. A representative from the ballroom also gave a public speech at the party in which she apologized on behalf of Roseland for refusing to admit Frankie and several other Savoy dancers in the 1930s. She said, ”We know this is overdue. . . . We wish we could rewrite the history of that time, but we cannot. Were we to do that, you would have been on our floor in 1936.”

86th birthday (2000) – The Tokyo Swing Dance Society held a Frankie 86 Millenium Bash , endorsed by the American Embassy in Tokyo.

88th Celebrations in NYC --

Frankie Manning 88th Birthday Tribute Video, Swing Wars

89 & 90 (Frankie XC) Birthday Cruises  – Frankie celebrated with 300 over dancers on a Carribean cruise ship.


Frankie 95 -- A birthday celebration turned memorial and tribute, Frankie 95 took place in New York City and was one of the largest Lindy Hop events of all times.

Frankie 96 – commemorative tributes around the world held the year after Frankie’s passing.

Frankie 98 – cities from across the world danced and dedicated the Big Apple the night of Frankie’s birthday.

Frankie 99  – running up to the big Frankie 100 celebration in 2014, Frankie 99 events took place all around the world. This map shows events in more than 134 locations. You can also see Frankie 99 choreography videos from around the world at

Frankie 99 Map

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