Frankie 99

May 26, 2013 marks Frankie Manning’s 99th birthday and the Frankie Manning Foundation invites Lindy hoppers around the world to join in the celebrations!

There are many opportunities for dancers and communities to participate in this joyful global event, so please do what you feel you can to celebrate this dance and this man that we love so much. Here’s the global map so far:


WLHDHost a Lindy party and don’t forget the cake! (Or Frankie’s favourite, sweet potato pie!) 

  1. Throw a Party!
  2. World Party Map
  3. Global 99 Choreo
  4. Frankie Spirit Award
  5. Raise the Roof and Raise some Funds
  6. Share the Spirit!

We hope that scene leaders globally will rally around Frankie’s birthday to help introduce Frankie and the history of Lindy hop to the members of their local communities.

We know that there are already many events and socials organized around the world and hope to add to this list. If your community hasn’t yet put together a Frankie 99 party, now’s the time to start! It can be large scale shin-dig or it can just be your regular Thursday night social dedicated to Frankie 99.

Click the following links to get in on the plan:

Throw a Party! – Select a day as close to May 26th as possible to throw a dance with a birthday party theme in tribute to Frankie. Read more about party ideas here.


Add your event to the World Party Map. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to know you’re participating in something so big along with other people all over the world? Add your event to the map here.

Global 99 Choreo – Learn the Frankie 99 choreography! Film your community dancing the choreo and upload it to YouTube with the tag Frankie99. Share your video with us we’ll add it to the website.  Read more about the choreography here.

Frankie Spirit Award – Have your community nominate and select one lead and one follow from your scene that you think best embodies the spirit of Frankie Manning. Then present the awards at your Frankie 99 party! Read more about the Spirit Award here.

Raise the Roof and Raise some Funds – Consider your community’s ability to raise money to donate for the Frankie Manning Foundation. Your donations help to further Frankie’s legacy and realize his dreams through special Lindy Hop programs. Read more about charitable donations here.

Share the Spirit! – Share your experience of  a dance, a moment or a person that touched you and reminded you about or made you feel Frankie’s spirit. Follow the link to tell your story here.

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If you have any questions, please contact us.

W exceeded our hope of 99 parties around the world going! Keep them coming!