"We're a community of Swing Dance lovers in Saigon. We keep this jazz vintage dance art alive and kicking and you should be dancing with us! "

Who are Saigon Swing Cats (SSC)?

TrangK & Stephane

We are the cool (Hep) Cats of Saigon who love Swing dancing (a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920's - 1940's, with the origins of each dance predating the popular "swing era". In Saigon, we love East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Blues.

Swing Etiquette
We all want to have a great time dancing and to feel safe. Every dance community has slightly different guidelinesSSC have tried to keep it short and sweet with this version (courtesy of Cath Schmizt) - and please come chat to SSC organizers if you have any questions. 

Why Swing Cats?

It all started in Harlem in the early 30's. There was the Cotton Club with a "white only" policy and the Savoy Ballroom, where everybody was welcome to dance. Many competitions and jams took place at the Savoy, and this mythical place is where Lindy Hop was made famous. The area where musicians and dancers showed their spirit moves was called the Cat's Corner.
Back in the days, Jazz had its own slang and extended vocabulary. Cats was the name given to Jazz musicians in a big band. It also had that idea of being cool, a Hep Cat was a person who knew or understood what Jive was all about (talking, looking and acting cool, and of course, dancing like a champion). Swing Cats were not only musicians who were part of a band which more specifically played Swing -that music that had this sway to it and that we love dancing to, but included all the Hep Cats who translated that music to their feet!

Watch this amazing video footage of the Cat's Corner from 1929 with some Hep Cats from the Savoy Ballroom!

Happy Frankie Manning's 102 Birthday!
SaigonSwingCats joins in the celebration of World Lindy Hop Day and 102nd birthday of Frankie Manning recognized by Google for the 1st time on May 26th, 2016!
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