Purpose and Values

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 footsteps 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.

Swingin’ At The Savoy is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone. Therefore all attendees, instructors, staff, volunteers, and VIPs at the event are required to comply with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. We care.

Options for help

  • Find an organizer in person (during the event) via the registration desk.
  • Email .
  • Call . This is a voicemail account but we promise to call you back shortly.

Whatever means of communication you choose, the organizers will listen to you and work with you to determine the best course of action for the safety and well being of yourself and all other participants.

Declaration of safe space

Swingin’ At The Savoy is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery in social situations is not appropriate for any event venue, including dances, workshops, lectures, competitions, Twitter, Facebook, and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Welcome to All​

We welcome all dancers and lovers of music regardless of age, gender/gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, and religion.

Be your best Self

Be the best human you can be. Respect yourself, your dance partner, and those around you. If something does not feel right, speak up. Come to talk to staff.

Take Care of Yourself​

Be aware of your own boundaries and physical needs. Do not neglect your health, remember to sleep, wash your hands frequently, and remember to take your meds if applicable.

Be Respectful to Staff​

Be respectful to event staff, even if you are experiencing a personal frustration. Without the goodwill of these individuals, a smoothly functioning event is impossible.

It’s OK to say No

You are encouraged to dance with lots of different people but everyone has the right to say ‘no’ to a dance, no reason required. Be gracious if the answer is 'no'.


Connect with partners the way you would like to feel connection yourself. Do not squeeze, grab, push, or pull in a hurtful way. If they tell you it is not right for them, listen and respect them.

Unnacceptable Conduct

Verbal or physical misconduct is unacceptable and offenders may be banned permanently. This includes bullying, sexual harassment, or any other abuse.

Play Safe

No aerials on the social dance floor. Do not practice drops, lifts, or dips with partners who have not said they are comfortable with those movements.

Teaching is for Class

Do not correct others’ dancing unless you are specifically asked for feedback, even in class (exception: if something physically hurts, tell your partner so they know not to do it again).

Say Sorry

If you accidentally kick or hit someone while dancing, apologize. If you accidentally touch or graze someone’s private areas, apologize.

Be Mindful

Not everyone enjoys being dipped at the end of a song or being held very close while dancing. Everyone's boundaries are different, respect them.


Both partners should take responsibility for protecting themselves and each other during the dance.

Be Polite

Smile and make occasional eye contact with your partner, but please don't stare; that can be uncomfortable.


Sweat a lot? Bring a spare shirt or two. Had onions or garlic for dinner? There are breath mints at the front desk.

Dress Appropriately

Fancy is not required but classy and comfortable are encouraged. Avoid wearing spike heels or shoes that easily fall off your feet.

Have Fun

We are all here to have fun. Enjoy yourself and do what you can to make the weekend fun for others.

No harassment. We mean it.

No forms of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, OR religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without refund, and/or expulsion from all future events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately, using one of the methods above.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact the organizers, or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.

We expect all participants to follow these rules at dance, workshop, and lecture venues.


Last updated: February 15, 2018




Paul Cosentino has been performing for Lindy Hoppers for over 30 years. He’ll be bringing 2 members of the Boilermaker Jazz Band with him from Pittsburgh: Trombonist Jeff Bush and Vocalist Jennifer McNulty. They will join forces with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area including: Sam Rocha on bass, Jeff Hamilton on piano, Clint Baker on drums and Nick Rossi on guitar. The selections will include swing favorites made famous by Goodman, Shaw, Ellington, Hodges, Teagarden and more – done in their own unique style.

Jeff has been lead trombonist with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and also toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under Buddy Morrow. Jennifer will thrill you with standards and rarities from the likes of Helen Forrest, Ivie Anderson, and Billie Holiday. Expect to hear some great swinging riffs and melodies to keep you on the dance floor all night!

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(Solo Jazz & VIP Classes)

One of 4 Special Topics classes to choose from on the selected day(s). You do not have to sign up for a particular option.

Saturday – 10:30am to 12noon
Option 1: Norma’s Trickeration with Adam B. and Norma Miller – LMD, Grand Ballroom
Option 2: Sylvia & Kevin Old School West Coast for Lindy Hoppers – LMD, Dance Lounge
Option 3: Chester’s Performance routine (part 1) – LMD, Hall 1
Option 4: Alice & Jo Solo Jazz – Humanist Hall

Sunday – 10:30am to 12noon
Option 1: Rémy & Skye Solo Jazz – LMD, Grand Ballroom
Option 2: Solo Chazz with Chazz Young and Adam B. – LMD, Dance Lounge
Option 3: Chester’s Performance routine (part 2) – LMD, Hall 1
Option 4: Josh’s Intro to Solo Jazz – Humanist Hall


At this time, we have a number of leaders on wait list and it is unsure that we will be able to find you a spot. An alternative would be for you to sign up for a weekend dance pass and the à la carte morning classes. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the same teachers you would get in the track classes. Another option could be to sign up as a follower in our Newcomers track if you wanted to start learning the other role.

You can still email us to ask to be waitlisted.


At this time, we have a lot of followers on wait list and it is unlikely that we will be able to find you a spot. We would suggest that you sign up for a weekend dance pass and the à la carte morning classes. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the same teachers you would get in the track classes. Another option could be to sign up as a leader in our Newcomers track if you wanted to start learning the other role.

You can still email us to ask to be waitlisted.

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Leaving aside the Newcomers Special track, we have 5 full weekend tracks, four teaching couples, and four large spaces (the multi-purpose room [MPR] is a small room). This means we cannot have all tracks in classes at the same time, and each track will have an empty slot in their schedule.

We do our best to:

FULL WEEKEND = Leveled Tracks + The Music and You

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.

As a non-beginner dancer, you should have a good idea what the dance roles are. You can decide to take the workshop in either role, to get better in that role in your dancing or start learning a new role. Make sure you fill out the level check questionnaire based on the role you pick.


This track is for you if…

You are new to Swing dancing and Lindy Hop, or have only taken a handful of classes. 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 Lori Taniguchi & Calvin Lu.


Partnered dancing takes two people with two different roles, commonly referred to as leader and 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.