Norma Miller born Harlem, New York, is an American swing dancer known as “The Queen of Swing”. The daughter of parents from Bridgetown, Barbados, Norma was born and raised in Harlem, New York in 1919. Norma describes the start of her dancing career at the Savoy Ballroom (which was across street from where she lived) during the early 30s in Harlem. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twistmouth George, Ms. Miller was a founding member of the group that invented Swing Dancing.
Miller was a member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. The author of several books, Norma Miller’s Swing Baby Swing, chronicles the evolution of the swing dance culture into the 21st century. Norma Miller’s biography, Swingin’ at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, recollects her youthful encounters with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ethel Waters, and other jazz musicians.
Miller was honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop”.