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Workshop Passes: SOLD OUT

Dance Passes: We will be selling evening dance passes for Friday ($35), Saturday ($40), Sunday ($30), and Weekend ($95) in limited quantities. Friday, Saturday, and Weekend dance passes include late night dance entry.

Make sure to come early if you want to get in, doors open at 8pm for evening dances.

All workshop classes and evening dances at Lake Merritt Dance, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland CA
Late night dances at Just Dance Ballroom

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Swingin’ at the Savoy 2018 was here, and it was an event to remember. Many people have contributed to this year’s event and we thank them for making it happen. It was fantastic to see so many of you here and to share this weekend with you, it couldn’t have happened without you. We had a blast and we hope you did too.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank:

  • The one and only 98-year young Queen of Swing Norma Miller!
  • 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 with his performance routines
  • the teachers, for coming from far and near to share their knowledge with us
    • Anaïs & Aleix, Irina & Todd, Moe & Vincenzo, Laura & Mikey, Amanda & Adam B, Adam L 
  • the staff and crew members, for all of their tremendous help
    • Kevin Weng, Megan Mubaraki, Patricia Chan, Kye Michael, Douglas Mathews, Gwen Brinsmead
    • Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies, Chiara Coombs, Audrey Ha, Jessica Dancisak, Jessyca Roy Landry, Shawn Chiao, Jeremy Sugerman
    • Katherine Dale, Andrea Frome, Janelle Yum, Hallie Casey, Joshua Lim, Catherine Patton, Rebecca Agin, Jessica Centorbi, Tracy Lee, Kim Hayden, Jane Sadetsky, Suzanne Van Arsdale, Sophie Rubin, Joleigh Davis
  • Adam Brozowski for conducting the Saturday panel and meet & greet
  • Stuart Collins for conducting the Sunday Chester's chat
  • Nicole Zuckerman for leading the consent discussion
  • The Candy Jacket Jazz Band and Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band for awe-inspiring live music
  • the DJs, for the hours of incredible dancing to their carefully chosen music
    • Vicky Chan, Shannon Lea Watkins, Alex Fernandez, Gary Sharpe
  • Alex Fernandez & Jessica King for all the audio help made our bands sound their best
  • Gary Sharpe for taking care of his DJ coordination
  • Lori Taniguchi for emceeing the evening dance parties
  • Nathan Dias for emceeing the late night dance parties and competitions
  • Adam Kendall Woods for designing our t-shirt artwork and assisting with the t-shirt printing process
  • The Shimmytown Balboa, Lindy, and Solo Jazz teams for bringing it during their performances!
  • Larry Colen for his fantastic photography
  • Stuart Collins and Trevor Gattis for their videography
  • Shimmytown for the photo booth
  • Lake Merritt Dance 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, Hannah, Gilles, 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.

FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019

MONDAY OCT 2, 2017 @ 12noon

Orientation Session
FRIDAY @ 8:30pm, Dance Lounge
We have added an orientation session to talk about how to make the best of your weekend. We encourage everyone taking workshop classes to attend it.

Consent Discussion: Bystander Intervention
SATURDAY @ 12noon, Dance Lounge

We all want to make our dance community a safer place. The biggest barrier to this is often our own fear about misreading a situation, or meddling where we're not wanted.
Is this situation serious enough to warrant intervention? Am I the right person to do it? Is it any of my business?
In this workshop, we'll dig into how to decide whether to intervene, and what are some of the best ways to approach a situation. We'll also spend some time workshopping interventions, to get practice with these skills so we don't go into shock when we see them in real life!

VIP Panel and Meet & Greet
SATURDAY @ 8pm, Dance Lounge
This is your chance to meet Norma Miller, Chazz Young, and Chester Whitmore. After an  introduction by Adam Brozowski, you will have a chance to meet our VIPs and ask them questions.

Chester's Chat 
SUNDAY @ 12noon, Dance Lounge
Come listen to Chester's incredible stories. Did you know Chester is a kung-fu master?

Here is an overview of the events of the weekend:

@ 10:30am - 12noon

If you are signed up for workshop classes, you have 4 morning classes to choose from each day.
Option 1Norma and Adam teach The Trickeration!
SATURDAY @ 10:30am, Grand Ballroom
Learn with the Queen of Swing herself! The Trickeration is a jazz dance routine choreographed by the legendary dancer Norma Miller. It is a special routine full of rhythmically challenging choreography, and an important piece of jazz dance heritage. Originally Norma lifted the routine from Chorus Girls at New York's Apollo Theatre and would later use it as the audition material for her dance company. This is a fast paced class and a rhythmic routine, be ready to work!
Option 1Chazz and Adam teach Solo Jazz!
SUNDAY @ 10:30am, Grand Ballroom
Chazz is the ultimate cool cat and his solo jazz is the smoothest. Work on skills with Adam and Chazz to make the moves that you already know the jazziest.
Option 2Chester teaches Choreo!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY @ 10:30am, Dance Lounge
You can attend part 1 or part 2, or both.
Chester will be assisted by Idalia Ramos.
Chester is a world class choreographer and will be teaching a routine over both days. Feel free to take both classes or only one. His classes are fast paced and extremely rewarding for those who can stick with the volume of choreo taught. There will be an opportunity to perform the routine on Sunday evening. This class needs the students to already be familiar with Lindy Hop.

Option 3"This is A Trankey Doo" with Manu Smith
SATURDAY & SUNDAY @ 10:30am, Hall 1
You can attend part 1 or part 2, or both.
This is not the version done by Al Minns and Leon James in "The Spirit Moves". This version is a bit longer and Manu learned it back in 2001 at The Dallas Body Shop. It starts the same but then gets insane. Ready for a challenge?

Option 4Jazz History Lectures with Adam Lee 
Adam Lee is a dancer, musician, and the fantastic band leader of the LA Swing Barons.
The Savoy Bands – SATURDAY
This is a chronological survey of the house bands that operated at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City from 1926 to 1958. This is a nice look at how the sound evolved at the iconic ballroom over the three decades the ballroom operated.
Musical Elements of Different Forms of Jazz – SUNDAY
This is a discussion of the musical elements that define and characterize different forms of jazz music, the development of those styles, and key figures in the styles. The class will be focused on early jazz as commonly interacted with in swing dance communities.


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, 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 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!


Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship Lindy Hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow.

As an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.


Since 1998, Mikey Pedroza has been dedicated to the understanding and preservation of classical American Jazz dances such as, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Slow Dancing (Blues) and Solo Jazz. Hailing from Orange County, California, he passionately developed his own perfect blend of powerful movement and classic grace with a hard edged and playful style which is evident each time he steps onto the floor. Such dedication and originality has earned him numerous awards at national dance competitions as well as opened avenues for teaching and performing.


The same passion and energy Mikey exudes on the floor, he brings to students around the world. And as an instructor, he encourages his students to be self-expressive and creative while establishing a strong understanding of connection, lead/follow technique, frame, body awareness and mechanics. By building a good technical base, students are then free to develop their own personalized style with confidence. Mikey hopes that by sharing his love and knowledge of these dances with others, that they too will find joy in this classical American art form.


Anaïs Sékiné is one of the most influential figures of the Montréal Lindy Hop scene. Her uncompromising focus on improvisation, authentic self-expression and artistry has earned her the respect and recognition of the Lindy Hop community. Watching the old classic musicals and moved by swing music from an early age, she found her true "jam" in the study of the jazz language, tradition and cultural history, both as a dancer and as a scholar.


Some of her proudest accomplishments include winning the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans, and advising and participating in the Montréal Swing Riot invitational battles with extraordinarily talented and charismatic jazz and urban dancers. She was privileged to be part of the Montréal Tap Festival “Rhythm Lives” show featuring Arthur Duncan, Ethel Bruneau and some of the best Canadian tap dancers of the contemporary scene. She has danced in several chorus lines including at the Frankie Manning Centennial Show at Harlem’s legendary Apollo theater and in the Herräng Dance Camp Daily Meeting Chorus line; she also leads her own chorus line group in Montréal. She is a member of Lindy hop team the Northern Lights and co-founded an influential and innovative jazz dance team, the W Project.

Beyond her home scene, Anaïs has taught at Lindy Bout, RCMA, Slow Dance Soirée, ULHS, Lindy Works, CSC, and overseas. For her, learning and teaching jazz dance is a way to develop important skills for the world we live in. In the classroom, she takes the experience of the dance to a deeper dimension, connecting it to its cultural context and legacy.


Since his first contact with jazz culture, Aleix Prats Ferrer has been fascinated by it. He started by dancing Lindy Hop, solo and partnered Charleston, Balboa, tap dance and other vernacular dances in Barcelona, and continued studying tap dance in Paris. After learning guitar and electric bass, he took up upright bass in Montréal, and co-founded a band that has played at local jazz clubs and at Cat's Corner, where he has also taught Lindy Hop, solo jazz and tap. A member of the dance troupe The Northern Lights, Aleix's style is smooth, rhythmic and deeply connected to the music. This is reflected in his teaching, which is both detailed and intuitive, and always rooted in the music.


Irina Amzashvili began Lindy Hopping at the age of fifteen. It only took one night of social dancing for her to develop an addiction to it. As the years have passed since then, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include solo Jazz, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. Her rapid growth as a dancer can be attributed, in part, to the fact that her hometown scene (Orange County, California) is home to some of the best Swing dancers and instructors in the world.

Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment. She likes to focus on clean, efficient technique and natural styling that results from being comfortable with one's basics.


Todd Yannacone is one of the most recognizable names on the swing dancing circuit today. He has won countless championship titles from the most prestigious competitions around - The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, The Rhythmic Arts Festival, Lone Star Championships, The International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus - to name just a few. Todd has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, and has been interviewed for Swing Dancer Magazine, "The Track" podcast, and various other publications.


Todd has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances both locally and internationally since he was 16 years old. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 31 countries and five continents. He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.


Amanda Collins has been dancing Lindy Hop since 1993. She has traveled, taught and competed at a variety of events around California, the US, and the world. As a dancer and an instructor, Amanda focuses on adding athleticism, technique, connectedness and grace to the practice of Lindy Hop. Amanda teaches whenever possible at venues around the bay area, and offers private lessons out of her home in Hayes Valley. In her other life, Amanda is a middle school teacher librarian in Palo Alto.


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.


Manu Smith is a native New Yorker who now lives in San Francisco, California with his family. He has been dancing the Lindy Hop for 20 years and has taught Lindy for 16 years. He started the swing dance community website Yehoodi back before the days of Facebook and YouTube. Manu is an advisor for the weekly San Francisco Lindy Hop dance The 9:20 Special and sometimes they let him teach and DJ there! Manu has been involved at a high level in many Lindy based events including the broadcast of Frankie 100 and the International Lindy Hop Championships, The Count Basie Centennial, numerous live music events and many panel discussions and seminars. Manu also loves to play pinball because that's what you do when you get old.


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.


    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 –

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
  • Corey Gemme – trumpet
  • Dan Weinstein – trombone & vocals
  • Chris Dawson – piano
  • Jonathan Stout – guitar
  • Seth Ford-Young – upright bass
  • Josh Collazo – drums & band leader

Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band combines the best elements of traditional New Orleans Jazz with the spirit of hard-driving Kansas City swing, creating an ensemble sound that's tight and loose all at the same time. With a solid swinging rhythm section driving the music and talented soloists spinning melodies, it's no wonder dancers connect easily to the band's tunes.

On Sunday Evening February 25th, the Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band will feature:

  • Nate Ketner – clarinet & alto saxophone
  • Don Neely – tenor saxophone
  • Riley Baker – drums
  • Jeff Hamilton – piano
  • Mikiya Matsuda – upright bass
  • Bill Reinhart – guitar
  • Jessica King – vocals
  • Clint Baker – trumpet & trombone & band leader
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:
Vicky Chan, Alex Fernandez, Shannon Lea Watkins, Gary Sharpe