Chazz Young (center)
Chazz Young, a spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, was first inspired by his father, Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning. He has toured worldwide, spreading the gospel of Lindy Hop and Tap. In addition to his work as a choreographer and performer, he has taught Lindy Hop in his home town of Las Vegas to the most important dancers of today: the young people who are just now learning to partner dance.
Chazz became serious about dancing at the age of 12. Had it not been for his mother taking him to see his father perform, he may not have ever followed his father into the business. He enrolled in the famous Harlem dance school, Mary Bruce, and was with the school until he was seventeen. His father introduced him to a dear friend, Norma Miller, who was looking for some dancers. He performed with Norma Miller's dancing troupe at the famous Apollo Theater with famous bands like Count Basie. He traveled extensively with the Norma Miller Dance Troupe to the likes of London, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In the 50's and 60's with the influx of Rock and Roll, partner dancing slowed down in the United States. Chazz married a dancer from the Norma Miller Dance Troupe and fathered four children. Like his father, Chazz taught dance while working for the New York postal service for 26 years. Currently Chazz lives in Las Vegas and he has continued to actively perform, choreograph and teach internationally including at the famous Herräng Dance Camp, Sweden, to teach since the early 90's.
Having suffered a pulmonary embolism while in routine surgery for an old dance injury a year and a half ago, Chazz has slowed down a bit, but he has agreed to come join us for a the weekend and share his memories with Norma during our culture session on Saturday and we could not be more happy to have him!