Savoy was unique because it was one of the first places in the United States to allow integration between blacks and whites. This was a highly successful idea, as guests of both races flooded the Ballroom from night to night. The success of Savoy was often credited to both great music and a safe environment. Savoy used bodyguards, who were ex-athletes, to ensure no violence occurred inside the club.
Savoy was most known for its dancers. The Savoy Dancers helped revolutionize dancing across the nation. Popular dances that came out of Savoy included the Flying Charleston, The Big Apple, The Stomp, Snakehips, Peckin', and Rhumboogie. There were two popular Savoy Dance troupes, in particular, that left their mark on the dance world. The first, the Savoy Lindy Hoppers, was created by George Snowden. Members included Mattie Purnell, Leroy Stretch Jones, and Twistmouth George Ganaway. The second troupe, Whitley's Lindy Hoppers, was created by a Savoy bodyguard named Herbert White. He was known for helping Savoy stars make a name for themselves in film and television.
After years of up and down business, the Savoy closed in 1958, with hopes of a reopening. However, the building was torn down in 1959 to make room for a housing development. A commemorative plaque was put up in 2002 between 140th and 141st Streets.