Reconnect with the roots of Lindy Hop
Frankie Manning was one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop and a true ambassador of the dance. Up until his death at 94 years of age Frankie travelled the world sharing the joy of swing dancing. He was a living bridge to the original roots of the dance that started in Harlem, New York. Mandi Gould, who has studied and taught with Frankie, is coming to Boulder to share the inspiration and lessons she has learned from him.
In this four hour workshop you will be given a glimpse of how Frankie thought about the dance. Mandi will take you through many of Frankie's favorite moves. She will also be teaching some solo Jazz classes that will help take your solo dancing to the next level.
Why the name Shiny Stockings?
“Shiny Stockings” by Count Basie was one of Frankie Manning’s favorite songs to dance to. For many Lindy Hoppers Frankie and this song are inextricably linked.
Saturday, March 21st (Location: Block 1750)
11:00am Basics Rule
12:00pm Frankie Manning Then & Now
2:00pm All that Jazz
3:00pm Shiny Stockings: the Secrets of Social Dancing
9:00pm Dancing at License 1 with Banshee Tree
Sunday, March 22nd (Location: Kakes Studios)
11:00am Vintage Jazz Sweat
12:00pm Lunch at Mountain Sun.
The Saturday classes cost $60/person ($30 for students). If you register for Saturday then the Sunday Vintage Jazz Sweat class is included for free! Otherwise the Sunday Vintage Jazz Sweat class costs $20 ($10 for students).
1750 30th St
2115 Pearl Street,
Basics Rule: Learn the essential Lindy Hop Vocabulary that will be used throughout the rest of the workshop. This is a great opportunity to revisit and ground your basics in the stylings of Frankie.
Frankie Manning Then & Now: In this class Mandi will cover some classic Frankie material and vocabulary.
All that Jazz: Mandi will lead a solo Jazz class focusing on traditional movements from the swing era.
Shiny Stockings: the Secrets of Social Dancing: Learn the zen of being a successful and sought after social dancer in this class.
Vintage Jazz Sweat: Be prepared to sweat! This hour long class uses vintage jazz steps in a fun aerobic workout. Improve your dancing while getting fit. (This class is included for free for Saturday workshop participants. It can also be taken separately as a drop-in for $20).
About Mandi Gould
Mandi Gould has been passionate about Lindy Hop since she first lay eyes on the dance in 1998. Assisting legendary swing dancer Frankie Manning with workshops in 2002, 2006 and 2008 proved to be a life-changing experience for Mandi. Following Frankie’s example, she is dedicated to spreading the spirit of Lindy Hop as a joyful, inclusive and welcoming dance. Mandi feels strongly that there is no such thing as two left feet, that it’s never too late to learn, and that Lindy Hop is a dance for real people from all walks of life.
Mandi Gould is the founder of Bees’ Knees Dance in Toronto, having just recently retired from the position of Director and Head Dance Instructor after 16 years. Her dance instruction has taken her across Canada and around the world, in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, and South Korea. In 2002 she directed her swing missionary efforts in Saint Petersburg and Moscow where the helped to push the Russian Lindy Hop communities forward. In 2003 she managed two North American tours for the Harlem Hotshots on the West Coast and in the North East. From 2002 to 2004 she assisted as an administrator for the Herräng Dance Camp, was Herräng’s original DJ Coordinator, organized the Swing Bus in 2004, as well as extensive event organizing for the Toronto Lindy Hop community. Most recently, Mandi was the Overall Producer for the largest swing dance festival of all time, Frankie 100 – the Frankie Manning Centennial & World Lindy Hop Day – in New York City in May 2014.