Norma Adele Miller danced from a very young age, performing in theatres and in shows age 5. In 1929 Norma and her family moved to an apartment overlooking the Savoy Ballroom and there ignited her love for swing. Norma would watch the dancers from her fire escape and practise all the steps she saw.
In 1932 she had her first taste of dancing at the Savoy when dancing outside, too young to enter, Twist Mouth George Ganaway, “the greatest dancer at the Savoy,” was impressed with her dancing. He gave her a Coca-Cola and asked her to dance in the ballroom for the first time, before she was escorted back outside!