How track groups work

Our workshop classes are organized in leveled track groups and a new separate track offering:

  • If you are new to swing dancing and Lindy Hop, your group is Newcomers Special.
  • We have 4 leveled tracks for beginner/intermediate to advanced dancers. Read their descriptions below.
  • We are offering a novel track called The Music and You for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers.

NEWCOMERS SPECIAL

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.

The Newcomers Special track will be taught by:
Lori Taniguchi & Calvin Lu

NEW TRACK – The Music and You

New this year! This track, for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers, will focus on unwrapping the unique creativity and musical side of the Lindy Hop. The format of the classes in this track will hearken back to the days of the Savoy, where dancers learned to dance entirely to live music, and by collaborating and experimenting along with other dancers. This track is for lindy hoppers who are looking to focus more on creativity, connection, and cultivating a closer relationship between their dancing and the music. It will also include classes incorporating live music.

This track is not auditioned but you will need to fill out our level check questionnaire. It is designed for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers. If you are not sure that this includes you, please reach out to us.

The Music and You track will be taught by:
Sylvia Sykes, Skye Humphries, Latasha Barnes, Evita Arce, Ramona Staffeld, Nathan Bugh, Ann Mony, Ryan Calloway

LEVELED TRACKS

Leveled track placement depends on who signs up for workshop classes. We do our best to place you with dancers of similar level. The descriptions below are there to give you an idea of what the tracks are about, but be mindful that each describes a range of skills. Read up on the level check process.

All leveled tracks will be taught by:
Sylvia Sykes, Skye Humphries, Latasha Barnes, Evita Arce, Ramona Staffeld, Nathan Bugh, Ann Mony, Ryan Calloway

You can dance the foundational moves of Lindy Hop (e.g. the swingout, lindy circle, basic charleston), and you want to improve the consistency of your basics. You enjoy social dancing and find yourself craving more. You have been dancing Lindy Hop for at least a couple of months, and Swingin’ at the Savoy may be your first weekend event. You are looking to build your vocabulary to have more fun social dancing.

You are very familiar with the foundational moves of Lindy Hop (e.g. the swingout, lindy circle, basic charleston), and you are comfortable with improvisation. You have taken on a practice of developing your dancing (e.g. weekly lessons, lessons at weekend events, a regular practice group, private lessons, etc). You have been dancing Lindy Hop about weekly for at least six months to a year (perhaps much more). You are looking to expand your vocabulary to have more fun social dancing.

You regularly dance Lindy Hop in your local scene, and have been learning at events outside of your area. You are looking to expand your technique by pursuing teaching styles outside of your comfort zone. You talk about musicality, connection, momentum, and jazz artists with your friends. You know variations and jazz steps, and are excited to incorporate them into your dancing. You may have started traveling out of town or out of state for dance events. If you enter competitions, you compete at the amateur or open level.

You are among the most practiced and experienced dancers in your scene, and you most likely compete and teach in addition to dancing socially. You have skills, a developed personal style, and are interested in continuously improving both. You experience new ideas that don’t fit in your personal style as an opportunity to grow. You are looking for a challenging class with peers of your level who are as prepared to work for it as you.

This track will audition via video. You will need to send in two videos of you dancing, no choreo please. We will need one video to a song slower than 180 bpm, and one video to a song faster than 180 bpm.

Upload videos to YouTube as unlisted and then fill out this form. Deadline to submit videos is February 1st, 2020 midnight.

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CLINT BAKER’S GOLDEN GATE SWING BAND

Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band has it roots in the swing revival of the 1990s when the band was a regular fixture and venues such as the High Ball Lounge and the Club Deluxe. Thanks to recent interest from the Bay Area Lindy hop/ swing dance community, the band is back and better than ever.

The musical concept for the Golden Gate Swing Band is to combine the best elements of traditional New Orleans jazz with Kansas City style swing, thus creating a both tight and loose ensemble sound all at once. The rhythm section is the centerpiece of the sound always solid and swinging…

The band does not use written arrangements and thus is capable of adapting to the surrounds, much like the musicians of the old days of New Orleans, so every performance is a unique experience.

The musicians for Swingin’ at the Savoy are: Clint Baker, cornet – Paul Cosentino, sax / clarinet – Jeff Bush, trombone – Steve Apple, drums – Sam Rocha, Bass, vocals – Bill Reinhart, guitar – Jeff Hamilton, piano – With Special guests: Jessica King, vocals – Ryan Calloway, clarinet

Our Motto is Swing or Die!

PAUL COSENTINO & FRIENDS

Paul Cosentino has been performing for Lindy Hoppers for over 30 years. He will be joined by two great musicians from the East Coast: Brendan Lanighan from New York City on trombone and Taryn Newborne from Atlanta on Vocal. 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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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: First Stops Routine with Barbara & Sugar – LMD, Grand Ballroom
Option 2: Rhythm with Chester & Nathan – LMD, Dance Lounge
Option 3: Shim-Sham to the Motherland with Traci & Latanya – LMD, Hall 1
Option 4: Balboa for Lindy Hoppers with Sylvia – Humanist Hall

Sunday – 10:30am to 12noon
Option 1: Second Stops Routine with Barbara & Sugar – LMD, Grand Ballroom
Option 2: Historic partner dances with Chester – LMD, Dance Lounge
Option 3: Beginner Solo Jazz with Skye – LMD, Hall 1
Option 4: Int/Adv Solo Movement with Ramona & Evita – Humanist Hall

LEADER WAITLISTING

At this time, we have few followers on wait list and it is possible that we will be able to find you a spot.

Other alternatives to consider if spots do not open up: Sign up for another track is space exists there, or 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 few followers on wait list and it is possible that we will be able to find you a spot.

Other alternatives to consider if spots do not open up: Sign up for another track is space exists there, or 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.

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.

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 Lori Taniguchi & Calvin Lu.

PARTNERED SWING DANCING ROLES

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.