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‘Alive and Kicking’ director and 97-year-old ‘Queen of Swing’ on the joys of swing dancing

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A scene from "Alive and Kicking," a Magnolia Pictures release.
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Swing dancing is undergoing something of a renaissance, both here in the United States and internationally, with big hot spots in London and Sweden.

Director Susan Glatzer captures the recent boom and how the Lindy Hop is still “Alive and Kicking” in her new documentary, which also features legendary “Queen of Swing,” Norma Miller.

Host Larry Mantle speaks with both the director and Miller on how swing dancing has evolved since its birth among African-Americans in Harlem, and the ways it’s helped people from all over the world overcome adversity and find happiness in their lives.


Susan Glatzer, director of the swing dance documentary, “Alive and Kicking

Norma Miller, Lindy Hop dancer and the “Queen of Swing”