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 

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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 choreography puts a knot in my throat! Many happy memories of dancing with and learning from our beloved Frankie…

  2. …”heels” shouted Frankie full of energy, and those “Kick away” swing outs he really did with such a bounce. Sometimes the “Promenade” was close, as we did it this time. Other times he went down and added the Pecking, laughing out loud of course! Those six counts in the middle had a special flow and he used that combination a lot during 80s -early 90s. And the cha cha step toward the end came around during the later part of his song, (meaning during yr 2000 sometime). I remember how Frankie flicked my shoulders for fun to add character to the step, something he had a lot of… Loved that Joy and inspiration he shared so much over and over again. Happy to pass it on! Happy Birthday Frankie!!!
    eWa in Sweden.

    • Happy Frankie 99 from Fly Right’s Lindy Hop class at DanceBase, the national dance centre for Scotland! Most of these guys have only been dancing Lindy for 5 or 6 weeks and we think they’ve done brilliantly!

      Susan and Gary, Fly Right

    • No deadline. This won’t be edited into one giant video. Instead, we’ll just keep adding the videos to the website as they come in. Some people are filming in the weeks after May 26th which is fine too.

  3. Swing on In Gold Coast Australia is IN!!! Well done Lennart and Ewa .. we hosted you guys well the HH Team at that time at our place in Mt Tamborine for Harlem Hot Shots weekend on the Goldie years ago. Ray and I (Formerly Katz Korner) are back in the swing of things and all our students are commencing the learning of this dance this week!!

  4. Happy Frankie 99 from Tampa, Florida. Here is the first clip of us learning the dance. More lessons to come and then we celebrate Sunday night at the weekly swing dance from Swing Gang,

  5. From Martha Jane’s Uptown Dancers in Missoula MT with special thanks to Lori, Luke, Faith, Justin, Andrew and Elizabeth and gratitude from all of us for Frankie! Happy Birthday Frankie!
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  6. Happy Frankie 99 from Heidelberg, Germany 🙂 Many thanks to you organizer of this happening. It feels great to be part of a worldwide community activity. Lots of Love /Ali&Katja

    The video:

  7. A Huge Happy Birthday Celebration from Swing On In Australia – We are so Very Proud of our Beginners add Intermediate (ALL NEW TO SWING) Students from Broadbeach, Bangalow, Tamborine and Toowoomba who indulged Ray and I and pushed themselves to learn Frankies Choreo for us in 4 x 1 hour classes. Here they all are… Please enjoy from us here in Australia and we will all see you at Frankie 100 next year!!

  8. Happy Frankie 99 from the students at Perth Swing Dance Academy! We had our party, and our students danced it too!

    Happy Frankie 99 from the students at Perth Swing Dance Academy! We had our party, and our students danced it too!

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