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Hellzapoppin' to "Jumpin' at the Woodside"

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Uploaded on Aug 15, 2007

Hellzapoppin' routine to Count Basie's "Jumpin' At The Woodside" - as it was originally intended to be.

"For Hellzapoppin', I started from the beginning of "Jumpin' at the Woodside" and worked with about sixteen bars at a time, choreographing both the solos and the ensemble section as we went along. (Basie used to stay at the Woodside Hotel on 142nd Street when he played at the Savoy, and some of the jam sessions there inspired the song). I hate to keep saying I choreographed this and I choreographed that because it makes me seem egotistical, but for Hellzapoppin' I set up a routine for each team"
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"By the second day, the musical director at Universal started sitting in on rehearsals to listen to the music and watch us dance.
His job was to create a composition for our number so the studio wouldn't have to get permission to use Count Basie's song."

-- Exсerpt from "Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop"

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