Dance Festival to celebrate Lindy Hop & Jazz

Learn from fantastic instructors. Dance to incredible music.
Come dance with us.

Frankie Manning
Ambassador of Lindy Hop

About the Event

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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.

At A Glance

Three Evening Dances

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Lake Merritt Dance with live music.

Two Late Night Dances

Friday and Saturday with DJ music until the wee hours.

2 Full Days of Classes

Saturday and Sunday workshop classes with our world renowned instructors.

Meet & Greet VIPs

Come and meet our VIPs. Listen to their stories and ask them your questions.

Classes with our VIPs

Saturday & Sunday morning classes with our VIPs. Learn from the masters.

Expanded Class Space

Expanded class instruction spaces for a better learning experience.

Special Guests

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Norma Miller

The one and only Queen of Swing

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Chazz Young

Dancer Spectacular

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Chester Whitmore

Tap Dancer Extraordinaire

Learn from the masters

We are immensely lucky to host again three living legends of the dance this year.

Norma Miller
If Frankie Manning was the king of Lindy Hop, Norma Miller is no doubt the reigning queen. Her position today is at an elevated throne, her background and career is without comparison. She’s the last of the classic Savoy Lindy Hoppers of the swing era, she’s a dynamite story-teller and lecturer.

Chazz Young
A spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, son of Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning, Chazz Young tours worldwide, spreading the gospel of Lindy Hop and Tap.

Chester Whitmore
Chester Whitmore is a man of many talents: tapper extraordinaire, master in karate, renowned drummer, bandleader, arranger, composer, songwriter, choreographer, stuntman.

Meet Our Teachers

Sylvia Sykes

Sylvia Sykes

Sylvia Skyes is an internationally recognized authority on most types of Swing Dance and has been teaching for more than 25 years throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Sylvia studied with the great dancer Dean Collins and was a member of his last dance troupe. She studied the Balboa with Maxie Dorf and Willie Desatoff, and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers.

Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame as well as the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She won the US Open twice, was the NASDE top point winner, earned third place in the National Carolina Shag Dance Championships, won many Strictly Swing contests in Lindy Hop, Balboa, and West Coast Swing through the US.

Skye Humphries

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Skye Humphries

Skye Humphries is an internationally 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.

Adam Brozowski

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Adam Brozowski

Adam Brozowski is an internationally renowned 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.

Originally 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 actor and dancer. Adam has had the honor of working alongside some of our dance legends, most recently assisting Norma Miller in workshops in Australia, New Zealand, and around the US.

Joshua McLean

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Joshua McLean

Joshua McLean lives in Seattle, Washington, and has been dancing since he was five years old. He started dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, and has traveled to Chile, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and all over the US to teach and perform Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz. In the classroom, he enjoys focusing on rhythm, fluidity of motion, balance, and partnering technique.

Some of Joshua’s favorite accomplishments include being honored as a Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador of Lindy Hop, performing in the Lindy Focus New Year’s Eve Show, a short interview with the NY Times, and teaching swing dance for Campfire USA’s 103rd birthday celebration. TV appearances include “Bienvenidos!” (Chile), “Good Morning NOLA” (Louisiana), and “Best Western: Victory Dance.”

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama discovered Lindy Hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late 90s. Over the past two decades, she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the American Lindy Hop Championships, the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.

She founded the internationally renowned dance team the Silver Shadows, and was an original organizer of “The Jam Cellar”- one of DC’s best dance venues. When she’s not traveling in the name of triple steps, Naomi currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peter Strom

Peter Strom

Peter Strom is one of the most dedicated and well traveled instructors on the Lindy Hop scene. His humor in classes is only matched by the clarity and care he takes with his students. Since his debut in 1998, he has taught at international dance camps all across the US, from Australia to South Korea to Herräng, Sweden.

In addition to teaching, he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He is currently a member of the renowned team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Alice Meï

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Alice Meï

Alice Meï started dancing at the very young age of 4 years old and has done numerous types of dances until she fell in love with the Lindy Hop. She has now been swing dancing for more than 12 years and keep being fascinated by the art of improvisation. Connecting with her partner through rhythm helps her in her dance following and is the most inspiring thing to her.

She has been spreading the joy of Lindy Hop and authentic jazz in more than 30 countries through teaching, performing, competing, and social dancing. She loves the diversity of movement and the freedom of expression this dance brings to the world. She hopes to keep learning things and keep on inspiring people for as long as possible.

Rémy Kouakou Kouamé

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Rémy Kouakou Kouamé

Rémy Kouakou Kouamé fell into the Swing pot at an early age. As an established competitor, he earned many awards such as the French and World Championships of Boogie Woogie. He has been an established teacher for many years, traveling around the world to international camps and festivals, sharing his passion and knowledge. His approach to Swing dances is unique because it combines the authenticity and the respect of the dances – thanks to the education he has learnt from his elders – with an originality and creativity inspired by his experience of many styles of dance, with the addition of some spicy madness that characterizes Rémy!

What he loves to share the most is the joy that dancing provides. Rémy is fighting against intellectualization of the dance and argues for fun and feelings. For him, dancing is… to live… to express!

Jo Hoffberg

Jo Hoffberg

Jo Hoffberg is one fancy-pants lady in the Lindy Hop world today. She holds first place titles from the American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. Since 2007, Jo has spent her life traveling the world spreading jazz culture through vintage partner dancing and has taught and performed in more than 25 countries across 5 continents.

She teaches vernacular jazz, Lindy Hop, ladies’ only workshops, run teacher training in Europe and the States, as well as a performance/choreography weekend. In 2013, she was on the cover of Swing Magasinet om Swingdans, guest starred at Yehoodi broadcast of ILHC, and was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She is a passionate and avid dancer, instructor, and competitor.

Kevin St Laurent

Kevin St Laurent

As an international man of Lindy Hop, Kevin St. Laurent has been traversing the globe since the new millennium began, spreading the gospel of the golden age of jazz. With his exquisite and provocative partner Jo Hoffberg, he has taught and performed in over 28 countries across 5 continents with an emphasis on the style and inspiration from the 1920s to the 1940s. Together they hold titles at a number of fancy events such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Camp Hollywood, and Camp Jitterbug.

With clear and humorous instruction, this creative and versatile dancer will entertain you, inspire you, and help you become the best dancer you can be. Changing the world, one rock step at a time, is a formidable task, but he is definitely up for the challenge.

All the Music

Naomi &
Her Handsome Devils
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Lake Merritt Dance - 9 to 11:45pm

Naomi & Her Handsome Devils are striving for the sound of that swing era sweet spot.
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Clint Baker's Golden Gate
Swing Band
SUNDAY
Lake Merritt Dance - 9 to 11:45pm

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.
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Locations

Our event takes place in Oakland next to the beautiful Lake Merritt.
We are adding an additional space for classes to improve classroom experience.

Title Description
Lake Merritt Dance   +

Classes & Evening Dances
  200 Grand Ave, Oakland CA

Humanist Hall  

Classes
  390 27th St, Oakland, CA

Just Dance Ballroom  

Late Night Dances
  2500 Embarcadero, Oakland CA

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FULL WEEKEND

All non-newcomer track groups are folded into a single pool for registration called Full Weekend. Once registered, you have to fill out our Level Check Questionnaire.

Track group descriptions are available here.

NEWCOMERS SPECIAL

This track is for you if…

You are fairly new to Lindy Hop, or have only taken a handful of classes. This is your first Lindy Hop workshop weekend. You’re looking to learn a lot and have a lot of fun. This track will provide just the right amount of classes.

It is a more affordable track perfect for new dancers. The track will be taught by instructors Adam Brozowski & Joshua Mclean.

PARTNERED SWING DANCING ROLES

Partnered swing dancing is a role-based dance. There is a leader and there is a follower. Both partners contribute equally to the dance, but in different ways. The leader is the one usually initiating movement and thinking about the dance in terms of shapes. The follower interprets the lead and moves accordingly, adding their own contributions to the dance. The dancers send each other cues about their movements and intentions through their connection as well as visually. The dance becomes an unspoken conversation between the dancers.