Swingin' at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer by Norma Miller

By Norma Miller

Dancer, award-winning choreographer, exhibit manufacturer, stand-up comedienne, TV/film actress, and writer, Norma Miller stocks her touching ancient memoir of Harlem's mythical Savoy Ballroom and the outstanding track and dance craze that "spread the facility of Swing the world over like wildfire". It used to be a time while the tune used to be Swing, and Harlem was once king. popular as "the world's most lovely ballroom, and the most important and so much dependent in Harlem, the Savoy used to be the one ballroom now not segregated while it opened in 1926. The Savoy hosted the easiest bands and attracted the easiest dancers by way of delivering the problem of fierce pageant. White humans travelled uptown to benefit interesting new dance types. Dance contest winner through fourteen, Norma Miller grew to become a member of Herbert White's international well-known Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and a celebrated Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hop champion. "Swingin' on the Savoy" chronicles an important interval in American cultural background and race relatives, because it glorifies the popularised domestic of the Lindy hop, and the birthplace of such memorable dance fads because the manhattan, Shag, Truckin', Peckin', Susie Q, the Charleston, Peabody, Black backside, Cake stroll, Boogie Woogie, the Shimmy, and faucet dancing. Miller stocks anecdotes approximately her younger encounters with some of the maximum jazz legends in track heritage together with Ella Fitzgerald, count number Basie, Benny Goodman, Billy vacation, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters or even boxer Joe Louis.

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But for all intents and purposes, the Swing Era was over.  Her recollections illuminate one of the great periods in music, cultural history, and American dance.  .  By sharing her story, her friendship, and her zest for life, Norma has given me a great gift, and I love her for it.  Finally, home.  As I headed toward the tunnel I could just imagine how their telephone conversation had gone. " Yes, I knew I was home at last.  I parked and got out of my car, overwhelmed.  But now it was hard to believe they had existed at all, but they had existed, and I was living proof.

How was her younger sister, Eunice, and when would she be corning?  It was like share cropping without farming, the immigrants were sent out to do housework in the homes of white people.  The future was bright, life was good.  She didn't realize that she would grow to despise all of that lovely wood; keeping it clean would be her most unpleasant duty.  Mr.  He left all of the details of the new house girl to his wife.  They had never been as close as she and Eunice were, and with their present schedules, they could see one another only once a week.

Moments later she was crying.  Then Alma told her sister that she was pregnant and that he must not want her or their baby!  And what was she going to tell Gwendolyn?  She didn't get angry at Alma and said they had to stick together, because they were all each other had.  Things could not be worse for her, but every day she remembered to thank God, at least she had her sisters. Months later she lay in her room at the brownstone on her day off when Eunice came in with a letter from Norman!  Until then the war had meant very little to Alma.

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