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Swing, Baby, Swing: Norma Miller

Amanda Wilde

Norma Miller was swinging in the streets of Harlem as child in the 1930s, and she's been dancing ever since. Over seven decades she's developed her expertise as a dancer, choreographer, comedienne, author and songwriter. During her career she's mingled with Thurgood Marshall and Louis Armstrong, toured with Duke Ellington, opened for Sammy Davis Jr., and choreographed scenes for Spike Lee's "Malcolm X." Norma's tells her life story in the book "Swingin' at the Savoy."

Norma Miller is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring people to dance. She visits Seattle annually to participate in the Century Ballroom's Masters Series. In this interview, she emphasizes the role of music in the development of the dance and as a catalyst for social change. She spoke with Amanda Wilde in the KUOW studios on August 15, 2008.

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