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By signing up, attending and/or participating in dance classes, dance party, or any event or program, current or future, organized by Silicon Valley Swing Dance LLC and/or Swingin' at the Savoy at any location, you hereby agree to the following:

1. You recognize that dancing requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and may cause physical injury, and you are fully aware of the risks and hazards involved. You have explained these risks to any minors you accompany.

2. You represent and warrant that you, and any minors you sign up and/or accompany, are physically fit and have no medical condition that would prevent your full participation in the dance classes, dance party, or any event or program.

3. In consideration of being permitted to participate in the dance classes, dance party, or any event or program, you agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which you, or the minors you sign up and/or accompany, might incur as a result of attending and/or participating.

4. You authorize Silicon Valley Swing Dance LLC and Swingin' at the Savoy to use any photo or video in which you, or any minors you sign up and/or accompany, may appear, for promotional purposes and video distribution, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership.

5. In consideration of being permitted to attend and/or participate in the dance classes, dance party, or any event, you knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claims you may have against Silicon Valley Swing Dance LLC, Swingin' at the Savoy, their staff, officers, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, for injury or damages that you or any minors you sign up and/or accompany may sustain, or anything else, as a result of attending and/or participating.

6. You acknowledge that Silicon Valley Swing Dance LLC, Swingin' at the Savoy, their staff, officers, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, cannot be held responsible for any loss or theft of your belongings and/or property, at all locations, and that you are solely responsible for them.

You have read the above release and waiver of liability and fully understand its contents. You voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above. Thank you.

Last updated: September 1st, 2019

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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.