Maurice Lynch Music and The Harlem community mourns the loss, but celebrates the life, of the singularly wonderful "Queen of Swing," legendarily dancer, Norma Miller. She exited the dance floor, aged 99.
I was privileged to have known and I first met her through "The Ambassador of Lindy Hop the Late Frankie Manning". I learned so much from her about the music and Clubs of Harlem. She also inspired me to write many of my songs. I always felt that I was in the presence of royalty (if that "royal family" is preternaturally youthful, sassy and shockingly "frank" with their language)! When she'd appear you were in for a good time, a buzz would go through the room: "Norma Miller's here!"
Watch this 1941 dance routine. She comes in around 0:26, wearing a chef's hat (with her partner). This number is great and shows her at her prime. This one will get your toes-a-tapping! ..........A Wonderful, Kind and Feisty Lady who will be greatly missed.
Here is her obituary from the New York Times