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Margaret Batiuchok and Chazz Young (Frankie Manning's son) lead the Shim Sham

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Published on Jul 14, 2013

Margaret Batiuchok and Chazz Young lead the Shim Sham along with Charlie Meade at the end with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Midsummer NIght Swing July 13, 2103 after Margaret taught the dance lesson at the final night of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing's 25th Anniversary season - tribute to Illinois Jacquet and Franke Manning
Margaret and Frankie Manning did the very first opening dance demonstration at MSNS 25 years ago- also the second one-
and this year to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of MSNS, Frankie's son Chazz Young came in and taught with Margaret and lead the Shim Sham with Margaret, a tradition Margaret thought of doing and Margaret and Frankie began with the members of the New York Swing Dace Society at the NYSDS dances at the Cat CLub in the 1980s. Margaret met Chazz in Norma Millers Jazz Dancers Group of which Chazz was a member and Margaret was an understudy. She then met Frankie when hew came in to watch rehearsal one day and Margaret started dancing and performing with Frankie.
Margaret also met Charlie Meade through Norma at one of the shows, where Norma introduced them and she encouraged them to dance in the contest there which they won - and Margaret and Charlie have been dancing ever since!
Margaret has taught not only Swing but Ballroom, West Coast Swing and Country Western at MSNS and performed with other partners through the years at MSDNS including John Festa, Sonny Allen, and Charlie Meade
This version of Stomping at the Savoy, Ron Allen, leader of the harlem Renaissance Orchestra, tells us, was arranged especially for Frankie and the Shim Sham by the drummer of the HRO about 10 years ago.

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