3,802 18 May 2019

Norma miller, known as the “queen of swing,” who danced the #lindyhop on harlem sidewalks as a child and later made it a jazz age jitterbug craze, died this week at 99. she was the youngest recruit and last survivor of the original lindy hoppers, the all-black dance troupe that broke in at harlem’s savoy ballroom and popularized the lindy hop in broadway shows, on tours of europe and latin america, and in hollywood films. “black girls didn’t have many outlets,” she said decades later. “you had laundry. you had hairdresser. or teacher. now, i didn’t qualify for any of those. i could dance. i could just do it naturally.” with her own black companies, she joined early fights to undermine segregation in miami beach and las vegas nightclubs and casinos, where black entertainers drew big crowds but afterward had to leave through the kitchen and stay in segregated accommodations. more about her remarkable life a the link in bio. 📸: michael ochs archives/getty images

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@dojustlynow May 2019

What a talent!

@kid__gloves May 2019

This picture is amazing

@cleuler May 2019

Wow she is amazing!!

@lilrisken May 2019

@jc_sevea info that could be on your lsat

@michael_striano May 2019

Very sad. anyone who’s watched ken burns’ jazz knows who she is. important to keep these stories alive as generations pass.

@dagmargleditzsch May 2019

We just saw her commenting on ella fitzgerald in the documentary “just one of those things”. great lady. cheers to the famous lindy hoppers!

@jus1jas May 2019

Rip 🙏

@amsterdamlindyexchange May 2019


@julialynninc May 2019

I love this .....🙌🏿.... oops they better get to church

@nahalshot May 2019


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