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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.

What is the event?

Our event is a dance workshop festival. We offer classes in 6 separate Lindy Hop tracks in addition to special topics classes, evening dances with live music, late night dances, interviews and talks. You can sign up for all of it, or just some of it.

What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is the granddaddy of all swing dances, a blend of African and European dance influences that is both uniquely American... and now spans the globe.

Look it up on yehoodi.com.

Who are our VIPs?

Our special guests are legends of African American vernacular dance. With the passing of Norma Miller, we are working on bringing new guests to Swingin' at the Savoy.

What is our code of conduct?

Great question. We have taken the time to write it down. Kindly take the time to give it a look.

Read our code of conduct.

What if I do not know Lindy Hop?

No worries, we have you covered. We offer a Newcomers Special pass, specifically designed for students new to swing dancing or Lindy Hop.

What type of classes are offered?

We offer partnered and solo classes, all taught by fantastic renowned instructors. Track classes are organized in 6 separate Lindy Hop tracks. Special Topics classes are included in the event track pass but are also available à la carte.

How do partnered classes work?

Partnered means that you will be dancing with another person. Students will rotate during the course of the class, so you will be dancing with multiple students. You are free to opt out of rotation if you and your partner prefer.

How do solo classes work?

Solo means that you will be dancing by yourself alongside other students. Often the students will be organized in rotating lines, so that each line gets equal time nearest to the teachers.

What are partnered dancing roles?

Partnered dancing takes a leader and a follower. Anyone can be a leader or a follower, but you have to stick to your chosen role for all track classes.

More questions?

Check out our FAQ page.

We also host an orientation session on Friday Feb 28nd from 8:30 to 9pm. If you are registered, make sure to attend to get the most out of the weekend.

What is the event like?

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    Lake Merritt Dance Ballroom
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Come dance with us

  • SATS 2016 Social Dancing
    Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Get Inspired, feel the energy

  • Photo by Larry Colen
    Chazz Young & Adam Brozowski
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Take a class from the masters

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    Listen to their stories
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    Meet & Greet our VIPs

  • Photo by Laurie Tavan
    Lindy Hop class with Naomi & Peter
    Photo by Laurie Tavan

    Learn from world class instructors

  • SATS 2018 Performance
    Chester Whitmore's routine
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Perform with your classmates

  • Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
    Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Listen to incredible live music

  • SATS 2016 Chazz Shim-Sham
    Dancing the shim-sham with Chazz
    Photo by Larry Colen

    Be part of a community

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SPECIAL TOPICS CLASSES OPTIONS
(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

LEADER WAITLISTING

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.

FOLLOWER WAITLISTING

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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WHY IS THE CLASS SCHEDULE THE WAY IT IS?

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.

NEWCOMERS SPECIAL

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 Calvin Lu & ???.

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.