Things That Make The Manolo Happy

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, two young hip-hop dancers reviving the nearly lost art of jitterbug.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend Valerie.

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17 Responses to “Things That Make The Manolo Happy”




  1. May Says:

    It’s actually more Lindy Hop than jitterbug – and there are lots of us around still dancing like this, keeping the art alive!




  2. Valerie Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the video as much as I did! I’m fortunate that there’s actually a really active swing dance community here in Atlanta and I get to swing dance several times a month! (My Lindy Hop needs work but my Charleston is coming along nicely!)




  3. liberty Says:

    That is a fun Lindy Hop fusion presentation!

    It’s true there are lots of people out there keeping the swing scene alive. I am more of an East Coast swing / Charleston girl myself but I do love to watch the West Coast Lindy Hop dancers. It is truly an art.




  4. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Thanks to the Manolo’s friends for correcting his ignorance regarding the mid-century dance forms. Truly, it is wonderful to have such knowledgeable readers.




  5. Monica the Tiara Chick Says:

    Esteemed Manolo, thank you for this link. What a delightful and unexpected performance! I posted it on my Facebook because I know it’s going to delight all my lindy hoppers, including the accomplished Mr. Tiara Chick. Note – I tried to link back to your Facebook page to give you the credit and Facebook would not let me for some reason. Posted the link to your blog in the comments instead.




  6. Nancy Says:

    Loved the dancing! But … those dreadful pants concealed half of what they were doing.




  7. annie Says:

    If the hateful popup ads continue, and the shameless hawking of things to make you money continue as well, I will bid you adieu, as a blogger gone to a salesman. Too bad, really. And the same goes for the fat blog, the craft blog and the other associated now-sales-blogs.




  8. Madame Suggia Says:

    You’re so right! Why, it’s simply OUTRAGEOUS that any blogger should want to earn from their hard work, enterprise and wit. Don’t we all spend all day, everyday working long & hard for the sheer untrammeled bliss of it? Perhaps, dear Annie, when you are ready to work free & gratis you will have earned the right to critique others for their financial savvy; until then may I respectfuly suggest you put a sock in it.




  9. Virginia Postrel Says:

    In the future all writers are to be tenured professors or aristocrats!




  10. Chantal Laren Says:

    HA! Love the man chuckling in the background, too. In the same vein, hip hop does country:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOacUWjHgiE
    One day I will break these moves out in E. London




  11. Rainycity Says:

    And here is a link to the routine that these lindyhoppers are parodying. The original dancers in the clip I’ve posted are Kevin and Carla. The dancers in the hiphop version are Max and Thomas from France.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF56Yt5Kl8Y




  12. khazar-khum Says:

    The pants are very close to the zoot suit pants of the 40s–loose & baggy. Just delightful.




  13. Sarah F Says:

    I love this! I would love to learn how to dance like this! Unfortunately, I am possessed of two left feet when it comes to couples dancing…




  14. Jenifersf Says:

    Very good! Thank you!




  15. theDiva Says:

    Utterly adorable.




  16. blackbird Says:

    Cool daddy.




  17. khazar-khum Says:

    BTW these aren’t just two kids playing around. These are Tom & Max of the incredible French Lindy-hop troupe, the Ninjammers.













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