SwingNation #74: The Bachelorette and Frankie Google Doodle

SwingNation #74: The Bachelorette and Frankie Google Doodle


Hello sexy Lindy Hoppers! Rik here! Ellen here! Welcome to SwingNation for June, 2016 SwingNation people grooving together On May 26th, the front page of Google.com
featured an animation of a couple of Lindy Hoppers swinging out. This “Google Doodle,”
as it’s called, was to celebrate what would have been Frankie Manning’s 102nd birthday. This kind of thing doesn’t usually happen by itself, so we’d like to acknowledge some
awesome Lindy Hoppers for spearheading this global accomplishment. Back in 2014 during the Frankie 100 celebration,
a petition was started by local Bay Area Lindy Hopper David Madison. David wanted Google
to create a Frankie Manning commemorative Doodle to honor this Lindy hop legend. Now
although we’re not 100 percent certain this is what sparked Google to contact the Frankie
Manning Foundation two years later, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Either way, in January of 2016 the foundation found out that Frankie was in fact getting a Doodle
to celebrate the birthday. The Doodle was animated and illustrated by
Nate Swinehart and as quoted from the Google doodle page, “celebrates Frankie Manning’s
acrobatic, powerful style, in which his partners were flipped and spun to the emphatic horns
of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others.” Special thanks to Frankie Foundation member
Cynthia Millman for keeping us informed about all this good stuff. And don’t forget to get your copy of the
book that was co-written by Cynthia and Frankie himself. Reality TV!! It’s a thing, right? Well, on June 6 on ABC the popular television
series, “The Bachelorette” aired a spot where said Bachelorette Jojo has a “one-on-one”
date with a suitor named James. She decided to take it “old school”. ♪♪ Vogue Music ♪♪ Nope, not old school enough. Lindy Hop old school. The lovely couple was greeted by Lindy Hop
legend Jean Veloz. Jean, assisted by the wonderful Miss Rusty Frank, gave the kids a little lesson
in swing before they went out to hit that jive with Jonathan Stout and his band. The
episode included a slew of local LA Lindy Hoppers including Steve Conrad, Minn Vo, Albert
Alva, Danielle Deborah, Nikki and Shesha Marvin, Mike Mizgalski, Stefanie Klausmann, Kim Clevver,
Dave Frutos, Wally Hersom, Hilary Alexander, Jack Chen, Josh Collazo, and Jim Ziegler.
All of which were uncredited in the show. UNCREDITED?! C’mon ABC!! Huh, wouldn’t it be weird if life was like
a reality television show? ♪♪ Swing music ends ♪♪ Well, thanks. That was a fun dance! Yeah, such a fun song too. I had a blast, thanks Jojo. Hahaha, in the beginning I was like, what
am I even doing? I’m so uncomfortable. I don’t even look sexy right now. Hahaha How did you change…? Haaha Going into the dance, I didn’t know that
much about Marcus. But I saw his funny, playful side today. I mean, he’s fun, but in a really
sensitive, caring sort of way. I’m still here and who the hell are you
talking to. I mean, he’s not the sharpest knife in the
drawer, but I think I see a future. If you’re a traveling Lindy Hopper or a
YouTube video clip watcher you might be familiar with Juan Villafane. Back in the late 90s, Juan discovered the
Lindy Hop in Buenos Aires between chatting on ICQ and downloading Janet Jackson music
on Limewire. Stumbling across some old 50’s rock n roll video clips, he became obsessed
with the Lindy Hop, a dance markedly different from Argentina’s national dance the Tango. Juan went from being “pretty good” to
achieving some downright awesome Lindy skills as he traveled the globe competing, performing
and teaching. Now he and his business partners Manuel Bicain and Mariel Gastiarena have
a permanent home in Buenos Aires they call “Swing City”. They host 32 classes a week
featuring Lindy, Tap and Authentic Jazz. With over 400 students Juan’s dream of making
Buenos Aires a place where dancers and musicians of jazz can do their thing, gets closer every
day. So what do you think? What was your reaction to seeing Frankie’s
google doodle? Do you think that a swing dance is a great
place for a first date? And how about that Lindy Hop invasion of Buenos Aires? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for watching SwingNation. Hit that
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