Leon James (dancer)

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Leon James
BornApril 27, 1913
DiedJuly 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.

In 1935, Leon James and Edith Matthews won the Harvest Moon Ball.[1]

Due to poor eyesight, James wasn't drafted during World War II.[2]

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.


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  1. ^ "1935 Harvest Moon Ball Amateur Dance Championships". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  2. ^ Pritchett, Judy; Manning, Frank (2003-04-21). "Leon James". Retrieved 2019-02-23.