“Swing, Baby Swing!”


A new musical on the life of the “Queen of Swing”
Norma Miller, inventor of the Lindy Hop.


Performance

Novembeer 11-12, 2017 at Miller Outdoor Theatre


Directed by Carla Earle.



Swing, Baby, Swing! is a musical journey through the life and times of Norma Miller, The Queen of Swing, a woman whose strong determination through God and faith had the wherewithal to become the best queen of the Lindy Hop.  Norma who won the biggest competitions and graced the Hollywood films during the Swing Era. She is an NEA National Heritage Fellow who continues to inspire the masses through world tours, films, a memoir, and a fabulous children's book, and Swing, Baby, Swing! is her story told through the very thing that makes it so special--music and dance.


Here's a little the opening number from the camero performance at Houston’s Wortham Center in November, 2016:
























"Swing, Baby, Swing!"   (Video from the Wortham, Nov, 2016...See above or at :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryBGs_Zr2ic) i



“Swing, Baby, Swing!” is a historical, biographical song and dance musical on the life and times of, now 97 year old, Norma Miller. 


Norma Miller is an original member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, the champion dance group from Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. The company was directed by Herbert "Whitey" White, and led by Frankie Manning whose career soared to Hollywood and international success during the height of the Swing Era.


Norma was a child dancer in 1920’s Harlem who grew up to become the Queen of Swing. She got her first dance at the Savoy Ballroom, “The Home of Happy Feet”, when she was just eleven years old.  Three years later, her career took off at the Apollo Theater and continued to soar with Chick Webb and Ella Fitzerald during the height of the swing era.


Miller danced in Frankie Manning's quintessential Lindy hop works in “Hellzapoppin’’ and “Keep Punchin’,’ which memorialized Manning's air steps and The Big Apple 1930's dance craze. Miller danced in “A Day at the Races” and in Spike Lee's “Malcom X” and choreographed Debbie Allen's “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and Alvin Ailey’s “Opus McShann”. She is a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellow who received President Barack Obama best wishes for her artistry in a letter presented at the 2016 International Swing Dance Championships.


Norma Miller continues to inspire the masses through world tours, films, a memoir, and a fabulous children's book.  In 2016, she made multiple visits to Houston to consult and aid in the development of “Swing, Baby, Swing!” This production will share her message through the very thing that makes it so special--music and dance.


The musical is co-produced by Dwight Baxter (Harold Prince’s Grind, Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz), and Dance Houston; Houston dancers and featured performers including Alde Lewis (My One and Only, Bob Fosse's Big Deal, The Cotton Club) and Cecil Shaw (Soul Train, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama).  All donations for this project goes toward funding educational and community programming in the Houston area during 2017.


Dance Houston is funded in part by community and organizational donations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission for the Arts, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.  With your support, we will move toward Norma's dream of this show making it to Broadway.


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NOVEMBER 5, 2016….”SWING, BABY, SWING!" cameo at the Wortham Center
for Dance Houston’s 14th annual "Celebration of Dance"


An excerpt of "Swing, Baby, Swing" was featured at Houston's Wortham Center as a part of Dance Houston's  annual, 10 company fall dance event.  Dance Houston’s  14th annual fall dance event showcased a host of diverse dance companies and disciplines in Houston.  This year's program also honored legacy teaching artists Mary Martha Lappe, Mitsi Shen, and Patsy Swayze.

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Upcoming:
November 2017 • 8pm

Dance Houston’s 15th Annual
Celebration of Dance
at The Wortham Center

























HOUSTON, TEXAS - Over 100 dancers took the stage at The Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater last November for Dance Houston’s 14th Annual Celebration of Dance. 


Dance Houston’s 14th Annual Celebration of Dance at The Wortham Center was November 5, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in the Cullen Theater.  This dazzling evening of awards and performances included performances by local dance companies including Dance of Asian America (Chinese folk and contemporary), The Houston Dance Lab (contemporary); Inertia Dance Company (hip hop), Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church (pantomime), Lunchbox Dance Crew (hip hop), Met Dance (modern), Nritya Dance Company (Indian), and Swing, Baby, Swing! 


The evening featured an excerpt of Swing, Baby, Swing! a musical journey through the life and times of Norma Miller, a woman whose strong determination through God and faith had the wherewithal to become the best queen of the Lindy Hop.  This new musical is being developed in Houston and co-produced by Dance Houston and Dwight Baxter (Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz) with director Carla Earle (The Cotton Club, Chicago, Bubbling Brown Sugar) and music inspired by the legends of the Big Band Era Count Basie, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong and Ethel Waters. 


Dance Houston is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been bringing the Houston community together for over a decade and has presented over thirty festivals at such wonderful venues as Miller Outdoor Theater, The Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Discovery Green, MacGregor Park, and the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Our mission is to advance dance as an art form and an instrument to serve the community.






DOWNLOADS:

Dance Houston Sponsor Form-Celebration of Dance.pdf

Dance Houston Souvenir Book Sponsorship.pdf

DanceHoustonDonationForm.pdf




For more information:
Dance Houston, 713-526-1049

Cell (Brandon): 832-767-7574


Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance,
The Houston Swing Dance Society, City Center for the Performing Arts and MoShows.com.






 


Rehearsals 

at

The Historic Eldorado Ballroom
2310 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004... Phone: (713) 526-7662

Near the intersection of Elgin St and Dowling St.  ....Map & Directions

For sponsorship info visit:  www.ButlerWiseman.com

Ms. Miller speaks below about her vision for Swing, Baby, Swing!: Click below or see it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRZuh83zx4Q  or