Tokyo Swing Dance Society (TSDS) was established by Hiroyuki Yamada with Masahisa Segawa in 1998 just after Frankie Manning‘s first visit to Tokyo as a lindyhop instructor. There was no lindyhop scene at all not only in Tokyo but also in Japan before TSDS. Since 1998, TSDS has been providing everything about swing in the area of Tokyo and many swing dancers and lindyhop instructors have come from the society. For Frankie’s 86th birthday, Frankie Manning’s (86th) Millennium Birthday Bash was held by TSDS in Tokyo in his honor, which included lindyhop workshops taught by the maestro himself; the climax of the festivities featured a live orchestra. Manning drew a huge crowd of Japanese and foreign expatriate swing enthusiasts for this memorable occasion. This gala was endorsed by American Center of American Embassy in Japan.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT:
“Hiro” Hiroyuki Yamada, Tokyo, Japan
ADVISERS TO THE BOARD: