Leon James (dancer)
|Born||April 27, 1913|
|Died||July 30, 1970 (aged 57)|
Leon James was a prominent American Lindy Hop and jazz dancer. A performer during the 1930s and 1940s with the Harlem-based Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, he and partner Willa Mae Ricker were featured in a photo essay in the August 23, 1943 issue of LIFE Magazine, demonstrating air steps.
During the 1950s and '60s, Leon James partnered with Al Minns to promote the dances they helped to pioneer, appearing at dance events, in short films and on TV.
- A Day at the Races (1937)
- Keep Punching (1939)
- Excerpted and released as the short Jittering Jitterbugs (aka The Big Apple) in 1943
- Cootie Williams and his Orchestra (1942)
- The Spirit Moves (1950)
- Jazz Dance (1954)
- "1935 Harvest Moon Ball Amateur Dance Championships". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- Pritchett, Judy; Manning, Frank (2003-04-21). "Leon James". Retrieved 2019-02-23.