Swingin' At The Savoy is a weekend workshop of Lindy Hop & Jazz dance and classes. We bring the first generation legends of our dance to you, so that you can meet them in person and they can share their amazing stories. We invite fantastic instructors so that you can learn from the best. Join us to learn from the masters, get inspired, and celebrate jazz dance & music.
Frida Segerdahl has performed and taught at all ends of the world. In addition to her performance skill, many have rated Frida as one of the best social dancers in the world. Besides her amazing skills in Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jazz Dance, Frida is still a member of the Harlem Hot Shots and now runs the famous Lindy Hop dance camp that she first attended back when she was 15, The Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden.
Skye Humphries is a nationally renowned swing dancer and instructor. Originally pressured into taking Lindy Hop classes by his mother at the tender age of 12, Skye soon found that social dancing really is the best thing in life. He emphasizes fun, energetic social dancing with strong partner connection, solid technique, innovative moves, and musicality.
Ann Mony strives to make every dance a unique and memorable one. Known for her playful style and the joy that she exudes while dancing, she travels as often as she can to share her love of lindy hop through classes, competitions, performances, and social dances. She is committed to preserving the improvisational link between lindy hop and jazz, empowering followers, and celebrating the cultural wealth of vernacular jazz dances.
Ryan Calloway shines on the dance floor. His enthusiasm, buoyant rhythm and boundless creativity make him one of San Francisco’s best known Lindy Hop leads. Most nights you’ll find him pounding the floor at one of the city’s local jazz and swing clubs. Ryan’s goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find their own creativity. With an open and warm style, he welcomes individuals to not only learn the traditions of Vintage Jazz Dance, but to add to it as well.
They live now in San Marcos Texas. Called trailblazers and trend setters they have been involved for 30 years; dancing, performing, promoting and teaching from small to large groups in California and around the world. They have taught in Sweden at the Herräng Dance Camp, the mother of all Swing Dance Camps, for over 21 years. You will enjoy their expertise and relaxed and fun energy and their contagious enthusiasm for dances like the Charleston, Balboa, Shag and the Lindy Hop.
Their passion is to pass on these dances to you as they have been taught to them by others with a Rob and Diane feel. "Don't be intimidated, it is our job to make everybody succeed and feel the greatness, the fun, creativity and freedom and the message that is embodied in these dances". Through their lighthearted and fun way of teaching you will learn the dance by just doing it, quicker than you would have ever imagined! Feel their passion and connect, and enjoy the Happy Dance!
Find Rob and Diane at www.yeahman.com.
Norma Miller was first discovered as a gifted young Lindy Hopper by Herbert “Whitey” White when she was just 14 years old. She was the youngest of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers when she joined the group. She was from the start a very creative dancer with her own often comic style and she possessed an outstanding sense of rhythm. A vivacious and outspoken person, she was and still is always the life of every party.
Chazz Young started dancing when he was 8 years old and joined Norma Miller & Her Jazz Men when he was 17. They toured the world performing Lindy, Jazz, and Tap from London to Australia. Over the years Chazz has performed and taught Lindy Hop, Jazz Steps and Tap with his father Frankie Manning becoming the most famous father son duo in the history of swing dance. Chazz is a wonderful teacher and polished performer with a patient and gentle nature. Learning from Chazz is delightful and easy.
Dancing since 1974 and a protégé of Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers), Chester has been dancing his way around the world. These days he is a dancer, teacher, performer, choreographer, director, stunt man and entertainer. His choreography can be seen in music videos for Boys II Men, Sugar Ray, Teena Marie, as well as working with artists such as Savion Glover, MC Hammer, Prince and many more. Also a highly renowned drummer and band leader, he has worked with some of the best in the entertainment industry. Chester exudes boundless positive energy and passion for dance and is a born entertainer. His contributions have been far too many to name them all. He can only be seen to be believed.
For more than 30 years, Don Neely, band leader, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and arranger, has been recognized as a pioneer of the 1920ʼs and 30ʼs “Hot Dance” and Swing revival. Don now shares his love of the small group jazz bands of the 1930ʼs and 40ʼs with his Swingtet. The group plays the same great music with an emphasis on the hot four-beat style of that era. You will really enjoy dancing to the Don Neely Swingtet.
On Friday Evening February 20th, Don is joined by five talented swing musicians: Andrew Storar: trumpet, Frederick Hodges: piano, Dix Bruce: guitar, Steve Apple: drums, and Marty Eggers: string bass.
Katie is a New Orleans style string bass, and sings in the 20’s pop style of Helen Kane and Ruth Etting. She is also a rhythm guitar specialist in the style of Freddie Green and Al Casey, and plays hot 20’s plectrum and tenor banjo. Her credits include working with Jug Band legend Jim Kweskin, Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band at The Landing in San Antonio, Texas, George Probert (Firehouse 5 + 2), and members of Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band including Bob Helm, Leon Oakley, and Ray Skjelbred.
On Saturday Evening February 21st, Katie is joined by six familiar musicians: Robert Young: trumpet, Bill Carter: clarinet, Jim Klippert: trombone, Riley Baker: drums, Bill Reinhart: banjo, and Carl Sonny Leland: piano. Most of them play in Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band.
The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30's. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with this music that they decided to make some themselves! With our own jazz celebrity, Clint Baker, as mentor, they play at Amnesia twice a month, and at other clubs around San Francisco. We're excited to have them come down to share their passion for jazz music and dancing with us.
On Sunday Evening February 22nd, the Hot Baked Goods will feature: Ryan Calloway: clarinet, Jessica King: vocals, Alex Fernandez: bass, Nirav Sanghani: guitar, Allen Kerr: piano.
If you are traveling for the workshop and are in need of housing, please fill out our housing guest request form below and we will do our best to find you a host. Housing is not guaranteed for this event.
If you are a local dancer and would like to host a traveling dancer, this is a great opportunity to meet new and interesting people and expand your dance network. Added benefit: they would most likely return the favor one day. Please fill out our housing host information form with details of the accommodation you can provide.
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|Until Sun Feb 15th midnight — LAST CALL!||$179|
You have a few Lindy Hop classes under your belt. The basics are comfortable, but you realize that continuing to fine-tune them will only make you better. While you can execute basics during classes, you want to learn how to become more comfortable on the social floor. Higher tempos are a bit challenging still and you look forward to learning how to connect moves quicker and smoother as a leader and how to keep your frame and follow rhythm changes as a follower. Requirement for this track is to know the basics of Lindy Hop.
You have been dancing Lindy Hop socially regularly for some time now and you are definitely striving to become a better dancer. Social dancing comes more naturally to you now and you are building confidence on the floor. You are executing moves and patterns, but your repertoire is limited or getting old. You want to bring more styling and footwork variations into your dancing. You want more options out on the dance floor, you want to further fine-tune your technique and you are ready to bring your Lindy Hop to the next level!
You are one of the better dancers on the social floor and you have a lot of confidence. Moves are old news, better movement is your focus. You are starting to master your technique and bring musicality into your dancing now. You have been Lindy Hopping for a while and have most likely traveled here or there to Lindy Hop. You feel like you aren’t improving as much as you would like to. You are eager to learn from masters of the dance and want to be inspired so you can move to the next level.
You are one of the best dancers on any social floor! You have been doing Lindy Hop for a long time now and have traveled to many Lindy Hop events to better your dancing. You have probably taught the next generation of dancers locally and perhaps even at out of town workshops. You have a lot of repertoire but want to bring your overall dancing to the next level. You are trying to figure out how to cross into that new territory in Lindy Hop that is sometimes hard to pin-point. You are ready to be inspired and figure out how to break into new horizons.