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  • Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller
  • Alan Govenar
  • Anglais
  • 07 December 2019
  • 0763622443

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Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller 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 treasureWhen she was just five years old, in , 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 artRMA MILLER got her start as a professional dancer as a teenager, when she was invited to join the swing dance troupe, Whiteys Lindy Hoppers By the late s, the Lindy Hoppers were internationally renowned In , the National Endowment for the Arts honored Norma Miller with a National Heritage Fellowship, the highest form of federal recognition for folk and traditional artists in America Norma Miller lives in Florida, where she continues to teach, choreograph, dance, and swing, baby, swing ALAN GOVENAR is a filmmaker, photographer, folklorist, and writer In , he founded Documentary Arts, Inc a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting new perspectives on different cultures He has authored numerous books, including OSCEOLA MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER S DAUGHTER, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE HORN BOOK Award in Nonfiction Alans friendship and conversations with Norma Miller began inThose conversations formed the foundation of this oral autobiography Alan Govenar lives in TexasRTIN FRENCH earned his BFA in illustration and design inHis work has earned him numerous awards, including honors from AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION, COMMUNICATION ARTS, and PRINT, and Gold and Bronze Medals from The Society of Illustrators His energized imagery can also be found in THE SONG SHOOTS OUT OF MY MOUTH A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC by Jamie Adoff Martin French lives in Oregon

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