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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: Harvest Moon Ball winners Sugar Sullivan and Barbara Billups. The late Norma Miller will be in our hearts and minds.

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 5 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.

Online Registration is NOW CLOSED.

What is the event like?

  • Photo by Laurie Tavan
    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

  • Photo by Larry Colen
    Listen to their stories
    Photo by Larry Colen

    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