From 1941’s Hellzapoppin’, watch this phenomenal performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the Savoy Ballroom's supreme swing dance group founded in 1935 by Herbert “Whitey” White. This clip is annotated with the teams’ names: William Downes & Frances “Mickey” Jones (0:39). Billy Ricker & Norma Miller (1:09). Al Minns & Willa Mae Ricker (1:29). Frankie Manning & Ann Johnson (1:55).
You’ll recognize Al Minns from these classic clips with dance partner Leon James. There’s more swing in the archives. Also, don’t miss The Nicholas Brothers in another one of the greatest dance performances ever filmed.
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This Day in Science History
Happy Birthday Mae C. Jemison!
On September 12th, 1992, Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space. Jemison along with six other astronauts were on board the Endeavour on mission STS47.
Some facts about her:
- She trained for five years, after entering the astronaut training program on June 4th, 1987.
- She was born in Decatur, Alabama, but considers Chicago, Illinois her home after moving there at the age of three.
- At one point in her life, she thought about possibly pursuing dance as a career(she even took a poster ofthe Alvin Ailey dance company with her on her flight). Ultimately, she obtained her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.
- On the first day of Kindergarten, at the age of 5, she told her teacher she wanted to be a scientist when she grew up.
- She joined the Peace Corps as a medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- She spent eight days (190 hours) in space.