Terry Monaghan, Two-Term Member, SDHS Board of Directors

We are very sad to report that Terry Monaghan passed away at the end of June, 2011. An obituary, published July 20, 2011 in the Guardian, is available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/jul/20/terry-monaghan-obituary.

Terry was the co-founder of swing dance company “The Jiving Lindy Hoppers”. He was the foremost expert in the Lindy Hop and its Harlem home, the Savoy Ballroom. He not only extensively researched and wrote about this, but produced numerous dance shows, conferences, and was a consultant for TV programmes including “Bruce Goes Dancing”. In 1997 he devised “Flying Home - the Celtic Jazz Connection” featuring Jazz, Irish and African music and dance, premiering at the Hammersmith Irish Centre and transferring to the Lincoln Centre New York. His website is www.savoyballroom.com. There will be a memorial service in New York at a later date, and some of Terry’s ashes will be scattered at the Savoy Ballroom memorial plaque. Terry was a committed Board member whose contributions to the field will continue to expand. If you wish, you may contact Eileen Monaghan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Terry’s daughter Jenny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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