About the Event
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
Two Late Night Dances
2 Full Days of Classes
Meet & Greet VIPs
Classes with our VIPs
Live Swing Music & Dancing
9:00 - 11:45pm
@ Lake Merritt Dance
Paul Cosentino & Friends
Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
VIP Meet & Greet
8:00 - 9pm
@ Lake Merritt Dance
This event is free
Legends of African American vernacular dance: Sugar Sullivan, Barbara Billups, and Chester Whitmore.
Solo Jazz & VIP Classes
10:30am - 12noon
@ Lake Merritt Dance & Humanist Hall
For all levels and style of dancer wishing to explore solo movement and/or take classes from our VIPs.
Remembering Norma Miller
Learn from the masters
We are immensely lucky bring to you for the first time Sugar Sullivan & Barbara Billups, two living legends of the dance and both winners of New York’s famous Harvest Moon Ball competition. The extravagant and multi-talented Chester Whitmore will be back too.
Sugar Sullivan’s career spans over 70 years as a performer, choreographer, teacher and entertainer since the age of 9. A member of the Original Jazz Dancers, a distinguished group of Lindy Hoppers and Hoffers from Harlems heyday. First place winner in the Lindy Hop at New York’s Harvest Moon Ball Competition in Madison Square Garden 1955. Sugar is a huge inspiration to the dance world.
Barbara Billups won 3rd place in the Lindy Hop in New York’s Harvest Moon Ball in 1958 in Madison Square Garden. Along with Sugar Sullivan she went on to tour the United States and Canada for over a decade as two of the four young ladies of “Sonny Allen and The Rockets”, a song and dance revue, grew out of the dancing at New York’s Savoy Ballroom.
Barbara Billups left the entertainment world for other ventures in the 70s. She rejoined with Sugar in 2006. From 2006 to 2019, Barbara and Sugar have taught every year at Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden and other various dance camps in the world.
In August of 2012, Sugar Sullivan and Barbara Billups were among the first group of Inductees in the International Lindy Hop Hall of Fame along with Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, and Sonny Allen.
Chester Whitmore is a man of many talents: tapper extraordinaire, master in karate, renowned drummer, bandleader, arranger, composer, songwriter, choreographer, stuntman.
Meet Our Teachers
All the Music
Lake Merritt Dance - 9 to 11:45pm
Paul Cosentino has been performing for Lindy Hoppers for over 30 years.