Performance

Norma Miller

Norma Miller, an American Lindy hop dancer, was a trailblazing figure in the world of swing dancing. Born on December 2, 1919, in Harlem, New York, she was known as the “Queen of Swing” and played a pivotal role in popularizing the Lindy hop during the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. Miller’s introduction to dance came at a young age, and she quickly developed a passion for it. She became a regular at the Savoy Ballroom, where she honed her skills and became an integral part of the Lindy hop scene. Her talent and charisma on the dance floor made her a beloved figure among her peers and fans alike.

In addition to her skills as a dancer, Miller was also a talented choreographer and performer. She was a member of the famous Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dance troupe, which performed in numerous films and stage shows, helping to bring the Lindy hop to a wider audience. Miller’s impact on the world of dance extended beyond her performances. She was a vocal advocate for racial equality in the dance community, speaking out against segregation and discrimination. Her efforts helped pave the way for greater inclusivity and diversity in the world of dance.

Throughout her career, Miller continued to share her love for the Lindy hop through teaching and mentoring. She was dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the dance, ensuring that future generations would have the opportunity to experience its joy and energy. In recognition of her contributions to dance and her role as a cultural ambassador, Miller received numerous accolades and honors. She was inducted into the National Museum of Dance’s Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame, cementing her status as a legendary figure in the world of dance.

Norma Miller’s impact on the world of Lindy hop and swing dancing is immeasurable. Her talent, passion, and advocacy have left an indelible mark on the dance community, inspiring countless dancers and enthusiasts around the world. Though she passed away on May 5, 2019, her legacy continues to live on through the joy and exuberance of the Lindy hop.

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