Ladies’ Twist in Japanese

There is a part about ‘Ladies’ Twist’ at the book Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop.written by Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman.  That’s an English version of course.   And there is the Japanese edition too, but there are lots of translation errors in it.

Since this is one of important parts of the book, I made its abstract in Japanese below.



  • フォローの Twist が開発されたのは、おそらくHarvest Moon Ball (1935) 以前のこと。
  • 開発者は “Twist Mouse” George Ganaway と Edith Matthews の二人か、またはそのどちらか一方。
  • この二人がある日、Savoy Ballroom に Herbert “Whitey” White と Frankie Manning を訪ね、Swing-Out に Twist を入れたので見てくれと言って来た。ボスの Whitey がそれを見て大いに気に入り、自分の右腕のFrankie にこっそりと真似してみろと勧めた。Twist Mouse と Edith がSavoy を出るやいなや、動きをばっちり把握したFrankie はダンスチームのメンバーに直ぐに伝え、関連する独特のヒップムーブなど技術がさらに向上していった。
  • それ以前、フォローは8-1-2 でRock-stepをしていた。
  • Frankie はこれ以前からリードだけでなくフォローの動きも遊びの中でやっていたのと、彼がダンスを指導する機会がだんだん増えてきていたことが、このTwist をあっという間に世に広めることができた理由でもある。

Japanese abstract translated by Hiro

Frankie Manning Foundation’s Lindy Hop Values in Japanese

Frankie Manning Foundation が2019年、その Web 上で5月のフランキーの Birthday Month に合わせて、「Lindy Hop Values」を世界各国語に翻訳して並べてみよう、というプロジェクトを行いました。全部で8種類8色の絵から成っています。日本もそれに参加し、日本語版を作成しました。詳しくはこちらです。

RRR Indian Dance Movie feat. SWING!

Have you already watched RRR, an Indian dance movie?  If not, hurry up to go to the cinema.   The story is about independence movements in India against the U.K. in 1920s.  And a high light scene for us is that it features ‘SWING’. It is just a couple of seconds, but the impact is super CHOooo awesome.   Never miss it with a huge screen at a cinema! Not with streaming services on a small PC monitor.

Live Recording in Tokyo in 1963

Recently I had a successful bid of a historical Japanese swing LP that was lively recorded in Tokyo in 1963. It’s a joint concert with two famous big bands featuring also two fabulous jazz vocalists from Japan and the US.

Count Basie And His Orchestra featuring Chiemi Eri

Nobuo Hara And His Sharps & Flats featuring Jimmy Witherspoon

Nobuo Hara (1926-2021): The best Japanese swing big band leader ever
Chiemi Eri (1937-1982): Japanese super vocalist who is one of my favorite ones

Some of the tunes were uploaded on YouTube by someone, but those sounds quality was not so good. So, I’d like to play the LP for dancing at Tokyo Swing Night at fai Aoyama on February 1st . Let’s have a good dancing time!