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Stompin at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller
Stompin at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller by Alan Govenar 0763622443 9780763622442
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Stompin at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller by Alan Govenar

Through extensive interviews with jazz dancer Norma Miller, acclaimed author and filmmaker Alan Govenar captures the vitality, wry humor, and indomitable spirit of an American treasure. When she was just five years old, in 1924, Norma Miller knew just what she wanted to do for the rest of her life: she wanted to dance. It was the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, and Norma lived behind New Yorks Savoy Ballroom, the only dance hall in a still-segregated America where blacks and whites could mingle on the same mahogany floor. It was in this majestic home of happy feet that twelve-year-old Norma first brought the house down, swing-stepping with Twist Mouth George, one of the premier dancers of the day. Before long, the feisty Norma would rise to fame as one of the first performers of the Lindy Hop, an acrobatic dance style named for Charles Lindberghs first solo flight (or hop) across the Atlantic. With the celebrated dance troupe Whiteys Lindy Hoppers, a teenage Norma would cross the Atlantic herself on a tour of Europe and even strut her stuff on the silver screen. In this invigorating, humorous, and thought-provoking oral autobiography, Alan Govenar captures the sound and spirit of Norma Millers voice as she recalls her early years and coming of age as a determined young dancer during the heyday of swing. Augmenting her lively narrative are Martin Frenchs jazzy, singlecolor illustrations, evoking the vibrant style of vintage poster art.

Author: Alan Govenar

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 64

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: 2006-01-24

Our Price: $5.28

ISBN: 0763622443

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