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THANK YOU

Swingin' At The Savoy 2017 was here, and what a great event it was! Each one of us who attended got to carry away a special gift -- a new knowledge or a new inspiration, a sense of belonging to a greater community, or to deeper history, and a feel of touching something bigger than any one person can put in words.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank:

  • The amazing Norma Miller, who at 97 is still, without a doubt, the Queen of Swing!
  • Chazz Young, for his love of Jazz and Tap, and for leading us into the shim-sham Frankie Manning style
  • Chester Whitmore, for skillfully bringing the madness and the best out of dancers
  • Sonny Allen, our new guest this year, for sharing his unique perspective on the dance
  • the teachers, for coming from far and near to share their knowledge with us
    • Ramona & Rémy, Nina & Adam, Isabella & Pontus, Jean & Bromley 
  • the staff and helpers, for all of their tremendous help
    • Chiara Coombs, Jeremy Sugerman, Jessyca Roy Landry, Megan Mubaraki
    • Alana Tran, Anting Shen, Audrey Ha, Bill Mack, Casey Takahashi, Charley Cui, Emily Martin, Franklin Lee, Hanah Yendler, Jessica Dancisak, Kye Michael, Liz Laushway, Margaret Winters, Monica Moritsch, Phil Winters, Shawn Chiao, Sophie Rubin, Tamara Armishev, Tomo Na, Toni Okamoto
  • Manu Smith for conducting the Saturday interview
  • Chris Lee for conducting the Sunday history lecture on the Chick Webb's Movie
  • Nicole Zuckerman for leading the consent panel
  • L.A. Swing Barons and Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band for inspiring live music
  • the DJs, for all the hours of incredible dancing
    • Nicole Zuckerman, Augie Freeman, Alex Fernandez, Gary Sharpe
  • Douglas Mathews for taking care of our live music
  • Gary Sharpe for taking care of our DJ music
  • Lori Taniguchi for emceeing the evening dance parties
  • Nathan Dias for emceeing the late night dance parties and competitions
  • Larry Colen and Nicole Jacque for their fantastic photography
  • Stuart Collins, Adam Hitchcock, and Trevor Gattis for their videography
  • Shimmytown for the photo booth
  • Lake Merritt Dance Center and Just Dance Ballroom for hosting our dances and classes
  • but most of all — we want to thank you all for coming!

Swing on, have fun, and spread the joy of Lindy Hop!

Swingin' at the Savoy Team
Amanda, Cari, Hannah, Gilles, Kevin, Stuart

© Art by Ryan Calloway

Swingin’ At The Savoy is an event to celebrate Lindy Hop & Jazz, the joy of the dance and the music, their heritage and history. It takes place every year in February to follow on in the foot steps of the tradition established by the Northern California Lindy Society (NCLS) with the Frankie Manning weekends. The event is open to dancers of all ages and promotes Lindy Hop & Jazz dance and music education, open-mindedness, playfulness, and creativity. Its goal is to help build and strengthen the Lindy Hop community.


LAKE MERRITT DANCE CENTER
200 GRAND AVE, OAKLAND CA
SAVE THE DATE:
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018


Frankie
Manning
SPECIAL GUESTS
PHOTO BY LUA WAGNER
OUR LIVING LEGEND
NORMA MILLER – THE QUEEN OF SWING

Known to many as the Queen of Swing, Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.

Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop,” Ms. Miller continues to be an inspiration to all who know her.

CHAZZ YOUNG

Chazz Young, a spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, was first inspired by his father, Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning. Today he tours worldwide, spreading the gospel of Lindy Hop and Tap. In addition to his work as a choreographer and performer, he teaches Lindy Hop in his home town of Las Vegas to the most important dancers of today: the young people who are just now learning to partner dance.

He continues to actively perform, choreograph and teach internationally. He has traveled to the famous Herräng Dance Camp, Sweden, to teach since the early 90s.

CHESTER WHITMORE

Chester Whitmore is a unique performer and stage person! He unifies talents of many kinds, starting as a Master in Karate, a highly reknowned Drummer, a Bandleader of his own Big Band, Arranger and Composer/Songwriter, a high speed and tricky breaks Tapper, a choreographer for fight scenes in the Hollywood film industry, a stuntman himself, a filmer, etc.

You give him the goal, and he will reach it! While you sleep eight hours per night, he may sleep two or three and work through the rest of the night!

SONNY ALLEN
TALENTED
INSTRUCTORS
RAMONA STAFFELD
REMY KOUAKOU KOUAME
NINA GILKENSON
ADAM BROZOWSKI

Adam Brozowski is an internationally known instructor, performer and choreographer of Lindy Hop, authentic jazz, tap and Balboa. Holding championship titles for his dancing from events like The International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships and Camp Jitterbug, Adam is also a 2015 inductee into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.

From Seattle, Adam grew up in Southern California's vibrant dance community in the 90s. Besides Lindy Hop, Adam has worked extensively in theatre and film as both and actor and dancer. Adam has had the honor of working along side some of our dance legends most recently assisting Norma Miller in workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

JEAN & BROMLEY PALAMOUNTAIN
ADAM LEE

Adam Lee started down his swing path in the 2nd grade when he started playing clarinet, and his grandmother bought him his very first record, which happened to be a Benny Goodman record. Growing up as a jazz musician, the addition of Lindy Hop to his life was a natural one. Adam started dancing in 1997 just a few months before the infamous GAP ad, and was dancing five nights a week. In 2001 he moved to Beijing, China where he started the Lindy Hop scene and led a 17 piece big band. In 2010 he returned to the USA to do a Master’s degree in Music Education at NYU, and a few years later moved back to his home state of California, where he now teaches high school band and is the bandleader and music director for the LA Swing Barons.

His passion is for the music of the swing era, specifically that of the Kansas City sound from the 30s. As a devotee of historical accuracy and cultural legacy, he teaches classes on music history and theory at every Lindy Hop and jazz dance event he can.

EVENT MUSIC

    Great Music all Weekend

We love live music and are delighted to bring not two but two fantastic swing bands for your ears and dancing feet. We will also have hard swingin' DJ music during band breaks and late night dancing.

Listen to their latest album on their website
Friday & Saturday –
CANDY JACKET JAZZ BAND

The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is a nod to the past while also pressing forward with fresh, original compositions. Los Angeles based drummer, Josh Collazo, has been playing in "traditional" jazz and swing bands since he was 18 years old. Over the last 17 years of performing with various bands like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five, the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, and Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang - a chord struck inside him to begin composing new, original "classic" jazz and swing music. The group is comprised of some of the finest traditional jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area.

On Friday & Saturday Evening February 23-24th, the Candy Jacket Jazz Band will feature:

  • Nate Ketner – clarinet & alto saxophone
  • Albert Alva – tenor saxophone
  • Bryan Shaw – trumpet
  • Dan Weinstein – trombone & vocals
  • Chris Dawson – piano
  • Jonathan Stout – guitar
  • Seth Ford-Young – upright bass
  • Josh Collazo – drums & band leader
Sunday – CLINT BAKER'S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND

Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band was founded in 1990 and began playing at Café Borrone in Menlo Park in October 1990. Although continuing to play there as the Café Borrone All-Stars, the New Orleans Jazz Band became inactive in 2000 when the birth of Baker’s twins exacted extensive parenting duties from Clint. In 2006 the band regrouped due to many requests from the Bay Area swing dance community. Since then the band has been very active playing swing venues around the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

On Sunday Evening February 26th, the Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band will feature: Clint Baker - trumpet, Ryan Calloway - clarinet, Jim Klippert - trombone, Riley Baker - drums, Katie Cavera - bass, Bill Reinhart - banjo, Jeff Hamilton - piano.


PHOTO BY JERRY ALMONTE
DJ MUSIC

We will have DJ music during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening dances on band breaks, and during late night dancing. We are delighted to have four very talented DJs:
Alex Fernandez, Nicole Zuckerman, Augie Freeman, Gary Sharpe

ALEX FERNANDEZ
NICOLE ZUCKERMAN
AUGIE FREEMAN
GARY SHARPE