The King of Balboa
Maxie Dorf and Debbie Ramsay
The King is Still Swinging!
Saturday, November 21, 1998 is going to stand out as one of the all-time memorable dates in our life --- we receivied an e- mail from Maxie Dorf, one of the Giants of Swing
Maxie Dorf was part of the Legendary "Big Four" swing dance troupe and won dance contests all over the country beginning in 1935. In the late 1930s, he appeared in several films with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, including our favorite, Babes on Broadway (1941). Maxie regularly played one of the talented teenagers who could always be counted on to "Put on a Show" in the Andy Hardy films. During the Second World War and the Korean War, Mr. Dorf served with distinction in the Navy as a combat photographer. A lot of his footage made its way into the television series Victory at Sea. After his distinguished military service, Maxie continued to compete --- and win!. He now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada
Maxie had this to say:
"From the 30s thru the 90s is quite a span, and plenty of mileage on my dance shoes. The wonderful times and dancers I have met throughout the country have been most gratifying in my long life, spent mostly in southern California, although Las Vegas has been my home for the past 10 years. Las Vegas isn't noted for dancers, but as long as there are conventions to go to, it is well worth it. The young Lindy Hoppers are doing there thing here----and very exciting to watch.
"I've heard soooo much about the D.C. dancers and locations, hopefully I can make it back there sometime. The new rage of Lindy Hop around the country is really catching on.
"It takes dedicated dancers to keep it going and really appreciate someone like you two to keep the stimulation ongoing. Keep up the good work.
This is a start --- I will try to wrack my brain and give you a small version of my history. To know me, you had to be there. Great years of dancing."
Over the past few days, Maxie has been kind enough to share with us a remarkable set of photographs that trace Swing from the mid 1930s to the present. We're honored to present them to our Lindy Week in Review readers
A word of caution: Maxie sent us so many wonderful photos that we have had to break them down into "Sub-Pages" so that you can load them in a reasonable amount of time. So, without further ado, here are your choices. Click on the little cameos to visit the page of your choice.