I have to admit it is a difficult task picking out a top 10 best lindy hop leaders list. There are so many dynamic dancers who’s uniqueness and contribution to me is difficult to quantify – but I’m going to!
There is no Beyoncé without Janet Jackson. There is no Michael Jackson without James Brown. You get the point. So how does one judge a top 10 list. You can’t. It’s all subjective, and every person brings to the table some intrinsic value that is irreplaceable.
One thing is to be stated though. I never learned from Frankie Manning and came into the scene one year after he passed away unfortunately. But to my benefit, Frankie’s students have made me who I am today. Both those who’s talent rest on the social dance side and the performance side of Lindy Hop.
I would not be where I am today without learning the concepts embodied by these dancers. They are my lindy hop DNA and I encourage you students of mine to learn as much as you can from them while they are still alive creating jazz history.