About the Savoy Ball
About the Savoy Ball
About The Savoy Ball
3 live bands, top swing DJs!
Dancing til 2am
Vintage - what to wear, fashion, vintage stalls, 1940s photographer
Amazing period ballroom!
Ticket prices and on-line booking
Please note that following the devastating fire at Battersea Arts Centre there is no Savoy Ball in 2016 - we plan to return in October 2018. For 2016 we are running South London SwingFest at The Bedford, Balham - 25th-27th March. Tickets are available now from www.swingfest.org.uk - if you like Big Band Swing be sure to book for the Sunday evening with Pete Long's 13-piece Benny Goodman Orchestra! Also check out Swingland's Winter Swing Ball on Saturday 19th December 2015 with the amazing Rich Bennett band!

The Savoy Ball 2014
The 10th Savoy Ball takes place at The Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre (formerly Battersea Old Town Hall), London SW11, on Saturday 22nd March 2014 from 8pm to 2am. This year we are again pleased to be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

* Still a few tickets available here!
* You can now follow The Savoy Ball on Twitter @SavoyBall.

The Savoy Ball - photos from past years
...previously at The Savoy Ball

Re-live the style, glamour and romance of the great swing era with an evening of Big Band swing, Cabaret, Vintage style and dancing til the early hours in one of London's finest period venues...

Dress code - Vintage or Black Tie/Evening Dress.

Advance tickets only.

"...not just another swing ball!"

Step back in time as we take you on a tour of 1930s & 40s New York...

"JAZZ"Listen to the Jazz go down...

Slip inside a jazz club, sip a cocktail, soak up the atmosphere, put on your dancin' shoes!

Take in the show...

The Savoy Ball Cabaret brings back the dances of the 1920s, 30s and 40s - featuring tap, lindy hop, Charleston, jazz and variety. This year we feature the fabulous Grenoble Swing Team plus Attic Cats and more to be announced!

Head on over to the legendary Savoy Ballroom...

There's only one place to be tonight!

Savoy Ballroom Marquee (from stage backdrop)Sticky Wicket's back in town with some of the best sidemen in the business - a 15-piece Big Band to blow your blues away and get you dancin' and swingin' til the early hours...

...and for 2014 we welcome back King Candy & The Sugar Push, a hard-swinging 9-piece featuring supreme vocalist Kate Mullins of the Puppini Sisters.

...completing the line-up we have the Shirt Tail Stompers, an amazing 5-piece currently filling dance floors all over Europe with their superb musicianship and blistering authentic swing and hot jazz.

So not one, not two but THREE great bands! Culminating in an epic finale tribute to the great battles of the Savoy Ballroom, in the style of Benny Goodman vs Chick Webb (1937)!

...so put on your dancin' shoes, straighten up your white tie, top hat and tails, and head on uptown... to the Savoy Ball!

The Savoy Ball was conceived back in 2002 as a tribute to the legendary Savoy Ballroom of Harlem, New York City, where swing music and dancing (especially the Lindy hop) were taken to their greatest heights during the 1930s. After a break of 3 years The Savoy Ball returns, bigger and better than ever...

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Savoy Ballroom
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Savoy Ballroom located in Harlem, New York City, was a medium sized ballroom for music and public dancing that was in operation from 1926 to 1958. It was located between 140th and 141st Streets on Lenox Avenue.

The Savoy was a popular dance venue from the late 1920s to the 1950s and many dances such as Lindy Hop became famous here. It was known downtown as the "Home of Happy Feet" but uptown, in Harlem, as "the Track". Unlike the 'whites only' policy of the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom was integrated where white and black Americans danced together.

Chick Webb was the leader of the best known Savoy house band during the mid-1930s. A teenage Ella Fitzgerald, fresh from a talent show win at the Apollo Theater, became its vocalist.

The Savoy regularly staged "Battle of the Bands" promotions that usually occurred between a house and a guest band, although not necessarily. Sometimes the bands would trade numbers at the change-over point between sets. Invariably packed when these events took place, there was little room to dance, and the crowd would vote as to who was their favourite band, band leader, vocalist etc.

Two of the most famous "battles" happened when the Benny Goodman Orchestra challenged Chick Webb in 1937 and in 1938 when the Count Basie Band did the same. The general assessment was that they both lost, to Chick Webb.

The ballroom was on the second floor and a block long. It had a double bandstand that held one large and one medium sized band running against its east wall. Music was continuous as the alternative band was always ready in position ready to pick up the beat, when the previous one had completed its set. The Savoy was unique in having the constant presence of a skilled elite of the best Lindy Hoppers. Usually known as "Savoy Lindy Hoppers" occasionally they turned professional, such as Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and performed in Broadway and Hollywood productions.

Stompin' at the Savoy, a 1934 Big Band classic song and jazz standard, was named after the ballroom.

Verbatim copy, 2nd December 2006. This content from Wikipedia is available under the GFDL license

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