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Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller

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 treasure When she was ju

  • Title: Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller
  • Author: Alan Govenar Martin French
  • ISBN: 9780763622442
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 NormaThrough 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 York s 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 Lindbergh s first solo flight or hop across the Atlantic With the celebrated dance troupe Whitey s 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 Miller s 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 French s jazzy, singlecolor illustrations, evoking the vibrant style of vintage poster art.

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    1 thought on “Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller

    1. A biography intended for children, I think adults might enjoy this one more than the target audience.In the 1930s, Norma Miller was one of the preeminent Lindy Hoppers in America, and as a teenager, traveled the country and the world showcasing this American dance style. As expected from a biography for children, the book stays fairly surface level, but the author worked with Ms. Miller in writing the tale and wrote it in first person, giving it the feel of a story rather than a stilted study. I [...]

    2. First-person account of a professional dancer growing up in Harlem in the heyday of swing. Not the most interesting read, but how many children's biographies are? This book would be of particular interest to young African-American girls interested in becoming dancers. I do like that it didn't glamourize the lifestyle; Norma obviously loved what she did for a lot of valid reasons, but she had to sacrifice relationships, battle exhaustion and near-collapse, and survive an eating disorder.This was [...]

    3. This book is about Norma Miller. She was a tap dancer. She was from New York. The Savoy is a big ballroom. She got to listen to live, crazy music. She fell in love with a guy but did not marry him.

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