Free swing dancing returns to Phoenix Public Market

Jonathan Lindsey, founder of Savage Rhythm, dances with Tressa Steele, who is also part of the Savage Rhythm team. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Larissa Lyman is pulled onto the temporary dance floor outside of PHX Public Market for a fast-paced swing dance. (Nicole Neri/DD)

A young boy bounces to the music among the swing-dancing adults. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Jonathan Lindsey, founder of Savage Rhythm, dances with Tressa Steele, who is also part of the Savage Rhythm team. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Henry Carrejo spins a woman on the dance floor who he pulled from the crowd of onlookers. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Carrejo finishes the song with a woman he was dancing with, both laughing as the music ended. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Julie Roman, part of swing dancing group Savage Rhythm, pulls a man onto the dance floor to teach him how to swing. (Nicole Neri/DD)


Dance troupe Savage Rhythm displayed their swing dancing prowess and encouraged others to join in Saturday morning at Phoenix Public Market Cafe in an effort to bring the community together through dance.

“Our mission really is to inspire people through an American style of dance no matter race, age or anything,” said Jonathan Lindsey, founder and choreographer of Savage Rhythm.

Lindsey said they plan to have free lessons at the Phoenix Public Market for the next several weeks and then decide which Saturdays work best based on the community.

The group first tried doing the free lessons in May 2016, and Lindsey said they found that the community and market vendors enjoyed having them there.

“We try to bring the community together and inspire more people to do it,” Lindsey said. “We are drivers to keep the dance alive.”

The troupe began dancing around 10:15 a.m. on an outdoor dance floor beside the busy aisles of Phoenix Public Market’s open-air farmer’s market.

The traditional swing music continued as more people gathered around, stopping to admire the dancers in motion. Small children came up and tried to join before their parents ushered them away from the floor.

Halfway through a song, a new duo joined in. Larry Rock, a regular at Phoenix Public Market, said he is sure he and his girlfriend will come back to dance on Saturdays if Savage Rhythm returns.

“We saw them at the Rhythm Room before,” Rock said. “My gal likes to dance.”

The Savage Rhythm dancers emphasized that anyone could participate and dance, and over the course of the market around 20 people took the floor.

“The target age range is 15-75 and then some,” Tressa Steele, member of Savage Rhythm said.

Julie Roman, a member of Savage Rhythm, explained many of the dancers such as Lindsey and Steele compete in larger-scale competitions in the U.S and internationally.

Savage Rhythm regularly has swing dancing lessons Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at The Duce. After the lesson the participants danced the night away.

Contact the reporter at Crshanno@asu.edu.