Choosing today's happy was a piece of cake...birthday cake...well, sort of. To honor Frankie Manning on what would have been his 98th birthday, dancers from around the world videotaped themselves dancing the Big Apple. The Big Apple is both a ring and partner dance incorporating steps well-known within the swing dance community, including Suzie-Q, Truckin' and Boogies.
The exuberance of the dancers and the swinging music is contagious. I found myself giggling as I watched and somewhat teary-eyed as well. How amazing that three years after his death, Frankie still inspires this kind of community and joyfulness. How blessed are all of us who knew him.
The videos are being compiled into a montage. In the meanwhile, take a look at the New York City tribute...I dare say it will get your toes tapping and fingers snapping. Enjoy!
Oh, and if you're interested in learning more about the Big Apple, check out Judy Pritchett's DVD here: