"At the Savoy, it didn't matter what color you were, black, white, green, yellow, or whatever. I don't even remember noticing people's skin color. The only thing they asked when you walked in was 'Can you dance?' They never looked at your face, only at your feet." -Frankie Manning
The Savoy Ballroom was a large ballroom for music and social dancing located in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City from the 1920's to the late 1950's. Unlike many other ballrooms at the time, the Savoy had a no-discrimination policy and served a huge population of dancers of all backgrounds. Many dances were born on the bustling dance floor, including Lindy Hop, Flying Charleston, Jive, and ballroomin' blues idiom dances like the Savoy Walk.
On our special Savoy Nights, we partner with UC Berkeley's Swing Cal club to create a night that brings the local Lindy Hop community and blues dance community together for a night of dancing and fun. We offer both a lindy hop basics and a blues basics class during the 8pm class slot, followed by dancing with music friendly to both lindy hoppers and blues dancers all night.