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April 29, 2009|By The Washington Post


A pioneer of the Lindy Hop

Frankie "Musclehead" Manning, a Harlem dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer widely celebrated as one of the pioneers of the Lindy Hop, an acrobatic swing dance style of the 1930s and 1940s, died Monday in New York City. His nickname developed from the chants of dancers, "Go, Musclehead, go!" watching Mr. Manning's closely cropped head glisten with sweat as he kicked and spun himself, and his partners, into human propellers. The dance reportedly owed its name to transAtlantic aviator Charles Lindbergh, when one Savoy dancer told an inquiring reporter, "We flyin' like Lindy!"

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