Born on May 26 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Savoy Ballroom opens at Lenox Avenue and 140th Street in Harlem.
First ventures to Savoy Ballroom.
Invited by Herbert “Whitey” White to join elite group of Savoy Lindy hoppers.
Introduces the first Lindy air step, over-the-back.
Introduces “stops” and synchronized ensemble lindy routines.
Whyte’s Hopping Maniacs appear in downtown reopening of the Cotton Club.
Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers appear in A Day at the Races (uncredited).
Whitey’s Hopping Maniacs appear in Radio City Revels (uncredited).
Arthur White’s Lindy Hoppers appear in Keep Punching.
Congeroo Dancers appear in Hellzapoppin’.
Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers appear in Hot Chocolate (“Cottontail”) with Duke Ellington.
Inducted into Army. Serves in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan.
FM’s new group, the Congaroo Dancers, debuts at Roxy Theatre.
Four Congaroos appear in Killer Diller.
Disbands the Congaroo Dancers.
Goes to work for the U.S. Postal Service.
Savoy Ballroom closes.
Begins teaching career by agreeing to work with Erin Stevens and Steven
Retires from the post office.
Wins Tony Award for Best Choreography for Black and Blue with Cholly Atkins,
Henry LeTang, and Fayard Nicholas.
Serves as consultant/performer in Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X.
Serves as assistant choreographer/performer with Norma Miller in Debbie
Allen’s Stompin’ at the Savoy.
Receives NEA Choreographers’ Fellowship.
Dancers from all over the world gather in New York City for "Can't Top the Lindy Hop" an 80th birthday celeberation for Frankie Manning.
Performs in PBS special, Swinging’ with Duke, featuring the Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
Frankie Manning's 85th Brithday is held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City
Receives NEA National Heritage Fellowship.
Appears in Ken Burns’s documentary, Jazz.
Frankie Manning Celebrate's his 90th birthday on a Carribean dance cruise with several hundred Lindy Hoppers from all over the world.
Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop is published.