The special guests coming to Herräng are all very unique and important to the event. Their voices are the voices of the past as well as the voices of the present, the voices of Harlem in its heydays and the voices of the white pages of the 1960s. Their perspective is from the time when the Lindy Hop still wore a street dance costume, long before it was sanitized in dance schools and institutions. The Lindy Hop community of today truly needs them. Their important and essential role as a link between old-school and new-school cannot be exaggerated – they somehow carry the complete tradition of something that once was an uptown New York fad, but over the years turned into a contemporary and cosmopolitical sub-culture sweeping not only the U.S., but the entire world.
Starting with two weeks in the summer of 1989, Frankie Manning spent a total of some 70-80 weeks in Herräng all the way up until 2007. During all those nearly twenty years, Frankie was no doubt the spiritual light of the event and the dance master par préfèrence. His general contribution was enormous and beyond comparison. Keeping in mind that Frankie passed away in April 2009, for many dancers of today his name and person might be something only existing in books and in films. For those of us that had the opportunity and privilege to hang around in the scene at the time when Frankie was still present, it's obvious that he was so much more than that. Frankie was, besides being the undoubted ambassador of the Lindy Hop, a true friend and natural source of inspiration, always ready to pass on swing dancing at its best to a new and eager generation.