Choreographer Ryan Francois Set for FRANKIE 100 at the Apollo Tonight
London-based choreographer and dancer Ryan Francois will appear at two New York City events celebrating the history of swing music and dancing -- and will inspire young people in Harlem to reclaim their swing dance heritage.
Ryan Francois is widely regarded as one of the world's best dancers of Lindy Hop -- the social dance from the Swing era that is currently enjoying a huge renaissance in London and across the UK. Millions will be familiar with his choreography for Strictly Come Dancing, the UK's most popular TV show. His work on Strictly includes Denise Van Outen's Egyptian themed Charleston number, and the even more famous Charleston routine that earned Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan four 10s in the final, winning the show.
In London, Ryan teaches regularly at Studio 45 in Kentish Town on Tuesday nights, a class that is packed with Lindy Hop dancers and teachers and professionals from across London and the home counties.
23 May 2014: Ryan Francois will be appearing in the Launch Show for Frankie 100, the biggest celebration of Lindy Hop dancing that the world has ever seen. Frankie 100 is a five-day celebration of dancing that will take place in New York City from 22-26 May 2014. 2000 dancers - including professionals and social dancers - from around the world will be attending.
26 May is World Lindy Hop Day, and it is also the birthday of influential swing dancer Frankie Manning. Frankie Manning was a celebrated dancer in the 1930s and 40s with Whitey's Lindyhoppers. With the revival of swing dancing in the late 1980s he returned to teaching and choreography and his credits include Malcolm X. Since the 1980s, Frankie's birthday has inspired special events across the globe in celebration of the man, the music, and the dance.
During Frankie 100, Ryan Francois will also be teaching a Lindy Hop class to young African Americans in Harlem. The streets of Harlem are where Lindy Hop originated, but it has been superceded by contemporary street dance forms including Hip Hop.
Ryan Francois said. "It's an honour to try to inspire young Black Americans to reclaim their dance heritage, I hope that the people of Harlem will dance the Lindy Hop again."