Friday, April 18, 2014

The Jitterbug Jive is Alive! Dance Workshop with Harvest Moon Ball Legends - during Frankie 100

The Harlem Swing Dance Society presents

Harlem's Heritage 
Dance Workshop Series



of the



Harvest Moon Ball 




Harvest Moon Ball

1971 and 1976

Do you REALLY know what it took to win
The Harvest Moon Ball 
of the 60's and 70's?
They'll let you know....  

A Two Part Series!

Part 1
A Taste of Harlem's Award Winning Jitterbug Jive!
Get the Real Deal close up from those who were part of Harlem's  trailblazing winning Harvest Moon Ball (HMB) years - with the Jitterbug Jive! Learn Lindy Hop patterns that were inspired by Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Tops Lee and the rest of Whiteys Lindy Hopper's. This was the inspiration that motivated future Harvest Moon Ball participants of Harlem while Frankie Manning was in retirement.   

Savoy Manor Survivors Crystal Johnson (HMB winner 1972) and Clementine "Tiny" Thomas  (HMB Winner 1971) were there with some of the Savoy Ballroom HMB Contestants and Champs of the 50's. Let them tell you who taught and trained them, see rare HMB artifacts, and who came back to Harlem to inspire them firsthand.  Another rare experience for your Frankie 100 weekend!

                              Swing Dancers

Part 2  

Tasting Harlem's Jitterbug Jive: Steps, Beats and Rhythm

Step to the Baaaad Side: Footwork was an essential part of the legendary Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop contest... and when Crystal Johnson (HMB winner 1972) and Clementine "Tiny" Thomas  (HMB Winner 1971) were contestants from the 1960's this did not change.  With their award winning Jitterbug Jive skills they will share some of the classic steps that have been carried down from generation to generation. 

You will get a taste on how to be improvisational when applying this material for competitions.  See first hand how the training was no joke in conditioning and training the body positions.  Included with this rare treat are a special view of their archival materials, learning who exactly Mama Lou Parks was and hearing how Harlemites joined forces  back in the day at the Savoy Manor to make the extensive run of Harvest Moon Ball Championships possible!

Your Instructors

Crystal Johnson is a 2nd generation Harvest Moon Ball Winner: Her dad was Preston "Tops" Lee who won some 30 years prior to her with his partner Wilda Crawford.  Her treasured archival materials belong in the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem.  She can relate many unique and exciting experiences as a Harvest Moon Ball contestant, winner and Champion... and as a Mama Lou Parks dancer (being a Parkette).
She continues to teach and inspire others to treasure the history Harlemites within the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor honed and perfected for future generations.  One of her goals is to see the Harvest Moon Ball competition authentically return to Harlem.

 Clementine "Tiny" Thomas is a living Legend: She is the only person to win for the Jitterbug Jive (Lindy Hop) twice for the Harvest Moon Ball: 1971 and 1976.  Her treasured archive materials belong in the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem for future generations to see.  Her zeal and enthusiasm from her dance experiences with Harlem Lindy Hop legends from the Savoy Ballroom are enough for a book! 

Since that time she followed the Savoy Ballroom of the 50's tradition of giving back and teaching other participants and youth (including her son, who won under Mama Lou Parks' Harvest Moon Ball) the skills that brought her many awards.  She longs to see Harlem recapture and treasure their Harvest Moon Ball traditions.

Swing Dancers


Friday May 23rd

Part 1 - A Taste of Harlem's Jitterbug Jive

Location: RAWSPACE

7:30pm - 8:30pm

$15 pp

Saturday May 24th

Part 2 - 

Tasting Harlem's Jitterbug Jive: Steps, Beats and Rhythm

Location: Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (JPK)

10am - 11:30am


Swing Dancers

(May 23rd)

2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027

2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (7th Ave)

(bet. 121st and 122nd Streets)

HARLEM: New York, NY 10027

Joseph P. Kennedy 
Community Center (JPK)
(May 24th)

34 West 134 Street  
(bet. Lenox and 5th Aves)
Green Room - Basement
HARLEM: NY, NY 10037

Payment  Method

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For more information on 
regular Harlem classes and events:

The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS)

 347 - 709 - 7022

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