Norma Miller – Queen of Swing!
Here’s a real bit of history in the making!
95 year old dancer, Norma Miller – last surviving member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers – appears at Hippodrome, Leicester Square on Tuesday 10th February and at Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End on Wednesday 11th February 2015.
Norma Miller, the Harlem, USA dancer who became known as the “Queen Of Swing” and who appeared in the seminal swing dance routines of Hollywood films Hellzapoppin (1941) and the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races (1937) will be in London for two days to inspire London’s ever-growing swing dancing community. Discovered in 1931 at just 12 years of age, dancing on the street to the music emanating from Harlem’s famous Savoy Ballroom, Norma Miller’s career has spanned over eight decades. At age 13, after winning a dance competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, she was recruited by Herbert “Whitey” White to join Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers – the world’s most renowned professional swing dance troupe. Norma is the last surviving member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.
Strictly Come Dancing choreographer Jenny Thomas and BBC Dragons’ Den swing success Scott Cupit – the founder and managing director of Swing Patrol, the UK’s largest swing dance community – will interview Ms Miller live on stage at The Hippodrome.
That reminds me – whatever happened to The Jiving Lindy Hoppers?
Here’s Norma in another classic movie: