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"Mama" Lu Parks Tribute Video

2y ago
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"I'm a street teacher. Lindy Hop is Street dancing basically, it's not a classical work of art, it's something you got to love to do inside your heart and want to pass on to the next generation." -"Mama" Lu Parks "Mama" Lou Parks was once a part of the legendary Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and in the 70s and 80s began to teach a group of dancers in New York City how to dance the classic Afro-American dances such as Cake Walk, Snake Hips, Solo Jazz Dance, and Lindy Hop. Unfortunately I really don't know too much about "Mama" Lu and her dancers. All I have is the stories I have heard and the videos that are left behind. I have recently found a documentary posted on YouTube called Call of the Jitterbug. It was made in the 1980's and is a wealth of knowledge and video clips. Interview by some of the great such as Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, George Lloyd, Sugar Sullivan, and other great Lindy Hoppers. But by far it was being able to hear "Mama" Lu speak about the dance and her views on why she does it. Right now I am making it my mission to seek out the film makers and bug them to high hell about letting me see any other parts of the interviews that didn't make it to the final 30 minute documentary. For some reason, "Mama" Lu has been sticking out in my head for the past few months now. I have only now begun to research further into her life and contributions to dance. Like did you know she was a big reason why the Twist was so popular?! Yeah I know right?! So I have compiled all the videos I could find into one tribute video for your viewing pleasure! I hope you enjoy and help to carry on the culture of Lindy Hop. ------------------------------------------------- Mikey Pedroza: Website: http://bit.ly/gaaTrJ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mpedroza Tumblr: http://bit.ly/q7ZuRN ------------------------------------------------- Please take a moment and check out the LINDY HOPPERS FUND website today to donate what you can and make sure that the legacy of those dancers that came before us are taken care of. http://www.lindyhoppersfund.org -------------------------------------------------