94 Year Old Dance Legend and Emmy Nominee, Norma Miller, to Speak at Endicott College
When: Monday, July 1 from 4pm to 5pm
Where: Rose Performance Hall at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street Beverly, MA 01915
Norma Miller, an American swing dancer known as "The Queen of Swing", will talk in her own upbeat, straight-to-the-point and entertaining style about her background as a swing dancer and take you back to the early days of the Savoy Ballroom of the early 30’s. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom's legendary dancer Twistmouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.
Miller was honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop” and was nominated in 1992 for an Emmy
for her choreography in the CBS movie “Stompin’ at the Savoy”.
The author of several books, Norma Miller's Swing Baby Swing
, chronicles the evolution of the swing dance culture into the 21st century. Norma Miller's biography, Swingin' at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, recollects her youthful encounters with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ethel Waters, and other jazz musicians.
Miller has been featured performing in a number of movies, including some of the most viewed vintage movies by Lindy Hoppers and swing dancers worldwide: the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races
(1937) and Hellzapoppin'
(1941); Spike Lee's Malcolm X
(1992); Stompin' at the Savoy
(1992), John Biffar's Captiva
(1995), along with documentaries such as the National Geographic's Jitterbug
(1991) and the Smithsonian Jazz series on NPR.