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 his dance partner Willa Mae Ricker were featured in a photo essay in the August 23, 1943, issue of Life magazine, demonstrating air steps.

Leon James
BornApril 27, 1913
New York City
DiedJuly 30, 1970 (aged 57)
New York City

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

Due to poor eyesight, James was not drafted during World War II.[2]

During the 1950s and 1960s, 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". Sonny Watson's Streetswing. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Pritchett, Judy; Manning, Frank. "Leon James". Archives of Early Lindy Hop. Retrieved February 23, 2019.