Submit your Videos! (99 Choreos)

We invite Lindy hoppers around the world to perform and post a video of this dance, in a global tribute to Frankie!


Choreographed by his students Ewa Burak and Lennart Westerlund, this routine references some of Frankie’s signature steps that he used to teach. So get together with some friends, learn the choreo and post a video from your home town! You can add to the choreography, embellish it, lengthen it, shorten it, whatever you feel works. Get creative – this is Lindy hop!

Film it, then post/submit it in the comments below and we’ll add it to the website…

How to Participate – Step by Step

  1. Once the video is up, follow the video (and the notes below for reference) to learn the Frankie 99 choreography! 
  2. Film your community dancing the choreo and upload it to YouTube with the tag Frankie99 and the title “Happy Frankie 99 from XXX” (ex. Happy Frankie 99 from Singapore, Happy Frankie 99 from Toronto, etc.)
  3. Be creative! The film might be at your Frankie 99 party or you might film it on another day in an interesting setting. Think costumes, props, location, anything you like to make it fun and festive. 
  4. Share your video link in the comments below and we’ll add it to the website. 

SONG: Tuxedo Junction (Erskine Hawkins) 1940 

Do The HopClick HERE to buy the song.

LET’S DO THE HOP – FRANKIE MANNING – 19 Songs picked by Frankies friends – This non profit project supports THE FRANKIE MANNING FOUNDATION.

Choreo Reference Notes:

1st Phrase – Swing Out Phrase* with Variations
1. Swing out from closed (Follower “Heels” variation)
2. Swing out (Follower Kick in & Away)
3. Swing out (Follower “Heels” variation)
4. Lindy Circle

2nd Phrase – Promenade Phrase
5. Promenade
6. Promenade
7. Promenade with Follower send out
8. Lindy Circle

3rd Phrase – 6 Count Phrase
1. Under the Arch/Tuck Turn with hand change to hand shake (6 Counts)
2. Right to right pass moving the Follower under the arm, then sent behind and to side. Leader moves the right to take the Follower’s hand. (6 Counts)
3. Traveling basic to prepare for Follower send out (6 Counts)
4. Tuck Turn with Follower arm block into a turn in place (6 Counts)
12. Lindy Circle (8 Counts)

4th Phrase – Cha Cha Phrase
13. Double Tuck Turn with Leader coming behind Follower. Leader replaces the last triple step with a step step to get on the same foot as the Follower.
14. Cha Cha step – Leader and Follower back and forth (2 four counts)
15. Cha Cha step – Leader and Follower back and forth (2 four counts)
16. Twist Twist Twist Twist Follow Spin – twist the Follower on 1,2,3,4 then release into a 1.5 turn to end in open position.

Visual Choreo Chart:
(click on the image to view a larger version)

Frankie 99 Choreo

160 thoughts on “Submit your Videos! (99 Choreos)

  1. This video was recorded by Swing Sense Fronteres BCN the 26th of May 2013 at Plaça de la Virreina, Barcelona City, old and legendary square for Lindy Hoppers.

    Class taught by Luis Vila “Lindyvill” of BALLASWING, teaching routine “Frankie 99 Birthday”.

    This is our little tribute to the great Frankie who did so much for Lindy Hoppers worldwide, especially for Beginners.

    Salut i Swing.

  2. Happy Frankie 99 from New Zealand!
    Happy 99th Birthday from swing dancers all over New Zealand! Frankie Manning, you still continue to inspire us and bring us joy, thanks for sharing the dance you loved so much.

      • Hi Mandi,
        Marcel and Francine from (Happy Frankie 99 New Plymouth, New Zealand), no, we did not change our video, The latest one is a great idea from Auckland Jitterbugs NZ, to put shots together from ALL New Zealand swing schools into one video representing NZ Swing dancing as a tribute to Frankie 99,
        Most of us met Frankie in 2002 at the Lindy workshop in Wellington, NZ.
        Hopefully both videos can stay on, Thank You.

      • Hi Mandi,
        Sorry I’ve only just seen this comment. There are 3 videos from NZ – one from Auckland, one from New Plymouth, and the one above that includes every swing dance club in the whole country! The two local videos were just a by-product of filming for the country-wide video, and we would love our country-wide video to be included on the blog please!
        Many thanks,
        Melita (Jitterbugs Auckland)

  3. Performing the Global99 tribute to Frankie Manning for his 99th birthday in front of the Einstein Statue at the National Academy of Sciences building and at the Thompson Boathouse on the Potomac River, with the Francis Scott Key Bridge behind us, both in Washington, DC, USA

  4. We already have it here, at last. We have taken a little of everything, but the end of party is incredible, about everything for the energy of the band and the dancers. A madness
    Ja el tenim aquí, per fi. Hem agafat una mica de tot, però el final de festa és increïble, sobre tot per l’energia que la banda i els ballarins tenim. Una bogeria
    Ya lo tenemos aquí, por fin. Hemos cogido un poco de todo, pero el final de fiesta es increíble, sobre todo por la energía que la banda y los bailarines tenemos. Una locura

  5. Filmed in Cracow, for celebration of 99th birthdays of Frankie Manning as part of worldwide project by Frankie Manning foundation 🙂
    Danced by beginners and intermediate group from Kmita Swing.

    “… and It’s one of ours first choreogrpahy that we learned by ourselves, and by watching Ewa Burak and Lennart Westerlund Global Frankie 99 routine”. 🙂

    Let’s celebrate Frankie 100 next year together!

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