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The Savoy Ballroom

The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, NYC, 1926-1958

"The home of happy feet"

The Savoy Ballroom was located on the corner of 140th Street & Lenox Avenue - up in Harlem, NYC. Known as 'the home of happy feet' - or locally as 'the track' - it was a whole city block long and boasted a large dancefloor and two bandstands where the musical greats of the swing era did battle. The Savoy opened at the height of The Harlem Renaissance and was an integrated venue, where it's said that the only important question was "can you dance?". In this melting pot of cultures and dance styles, the Lindy hop was created in the late 1920s and taken to its greatest heights in the 1930s. The best Savoy dancers - including the likes of Frankie Manning and Norma Miller - turned professional and took the dance worldwide, on stage and in film, with the group Whitey's Lindy hoppers.

Savoy style

By "Savoy style" we mean the style that would likely have been seen at The Savoy. Our inspiration is Frankie Manning, the "Ambassador of Lindy hop" who sadly passed away recently, but was still travelling and teaching around the world at the grand old age of 94! In the 1930s and 40s Frankie was a regular at The Savoy, going on to lead and choreograph the most famous swing dance group of all time - Whitey's Lindy hoppers - and he is credited with the first ever Lindy hop airstep. According to Frankie, everyone at The Savoy had their style, and our aim is to bring that out in everyone. Savoy style is your style, but it does have fantastic - and unique - smoothness and quality of movement which we will show you!

Read the story of The Savoy at
Archives of Early Lindy hop
The Harlem Renaissance

Also see The Savoy Ball

In line with official government advice re COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all our classes and dancing are now closed until further notice. Stay safe, look after your families, friends & neighbours - and see you on the other side.

Wednesday 8 July

Swingland Windsor - classes

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

7.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class

8.45pm Dancing/practice

9.00pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

Thursday 9 July

A-Train - classes and dancing

Classes and dancing at West London's Premier Swing Dance Night! Every Thursday

Sunday 12 July

Swingland Twickenham - class and dancing

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

Monday 13 July

No Brixton classes for now

Brixton classes (Mondays) are closing during the Covid-19 outbreak - back as soon as possible!  Currently all our other regular weekly classes and dancing are running.

Tuesday 14 July

C Jam - classes and dancing

Classes and dancing at South London's Premier - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday
This Tuesday come and learn the Big Apple - classic jazz routine. I figure we'll need something non-contact that takes a decent amount of weeks to teach so Big Apple it is. Come and have some fun!
Beginners swing class first with no need to rotate partners unless you want to, then Big Apple.
See you at The Bedford!

Wednesday 15 July

Swingland Windsor - classes

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

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