Learn The Big Apple Routine
An Instructional Dance DVD, created by Dancers for Dancers.
The Big Apple had already exploded in New York City when we started doing it in the famous Savoy Theatre, every Saturday Night!- Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning is credited with inventing the steps of the famous Big Apple Contest. With the release of the Movie
Big Apple Routine and with Whiz and Jazz make the routine fun for all dancers alike.
About the Big Apple Contest
The exact origin of the Big Apple is unclear but one author suggests that the dance originated from the "ring shout", a group dance associated with religious observances that was founded before 1860 by African Americans on plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. The ring shout is described as a dance with "counterclockwise circling and high arm gestures" that resembled the Big Apple. It is still practiced today in small populations of the southern United States. The dance that eventually became known as the Big Apple is speculated to have been created in the early 1930s by African American youth dancing at the House of Prayer Synagogue on Gates Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The synagogue was converted into a black juke joint called the "Big Apple Night Club.