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Classes

Lindy Hop/Swing ClassesRegister NowThe September-October session is open for registration in Boston! There are classes for all levels, no partner required as classes will rotate. Free parking available as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome. Newton classes will resume in the fall.

  • Lindy Hop/Beginner Swing Level 1: Boston
  • Fun & Flashy Partner Moves: Boston

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Dances

Uptown Swing DanceBuy Tickets NowThe next Uptown Swing Dance is Saturday, September 16 with Professor Cunningham and His Old School performing the most swinging repertoire in the New Orleans tradition — from Sidney Bechet, to Fats Waller, to Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino!.

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Workshops

Skye Workshops

Mark your calender for the return of Skye Humphries, Naomi Uyama and Gordon Webster the weekend of November 24-26, 2017. Always a yearly highlight, of course we have to do it again!

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Camp

Beantown CampBeantown Camp 2018 will be held from June 28–July 5. Beantown’s 22nd year in total and back at the beautiful Endicott College for #13. Do the Whole Shebang to get the full experience, with each day bringing something special!

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Hop to the Beat

Beantown Camp

Thanks for a spectacular Beantown 2017! Join us next year back at the beautiful Endicott College for Beantown Camp #22, from June 28 to July 5, 2018!

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Uptown Swing Dance performance on Saturday, May 20, 2017 by the Hop to the Beat Routine Class.

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Dirty Dozen Weekend performance on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by the Hop to the Beat Routine Class.

Uptown Swing Dance

Registration is open for the next session of Monday classes. We have a new level 1 class, open to first time and returning students. The specialty topic featured in this session is breaks. How to do them, how to fit them in musically, and fun variations to add. For more experienced dancers, we’ve got a Lindy Hop class on Fast Dancing. There’s no reason to let those faster tempos keep you off the dance floor!

Classes will be starting on Monday, April 24 to leave April 10 open for the first day of Passover and April 17 open for Patriot’s Day.

Monday Classes, 6 weeks
April 24 - June 5 (no class on May 29)
Ruggles Baptist Church
874 Beacon Street
Boston (near Fenway Park) 

  • Lindy Hop Level 1 / Beginner Swing
    Featured topic for this session: breaks!
  • Lindy Hop Fast Dancing
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine, Part 3 
    Rehearsal time! Stay after for extra practice.

Free parking available, as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome. No partner needed as classes will rotate.

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Brennen Ernst and The Roaming Tones - Back Home Again in Indiana

Join us this Saturday, April 15 for Uptown Swing. This month features Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones, a young Jazz band based in Philadelphia, playing music from the ’30s and ’40s with a supremely danceable rhythm. Although some of the members have played for us in the past, including Brennen, the bandleader, this will be the first time for this particular group. The band’s excited, we’re excited, and we hope you will be as well!

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: KI, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
  • Band: Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones
  • Guest DJ: Stan Yen
  • Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 8:30pm-12:00am
  • Lesson: 8:30-9:10pm
  • Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)
  • Parking: Town lots and street parking available. Some free after 6:00pm, others free after 8:00pm.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS MONTH: KI has given us permission to use their beautiful venue for our dance during Passover week with the stipulation that absolutely no food or drinks be brought into the building. The only exception is bottled water. We will not be able to provide snacks this month or a jug for water. The only drinks for sale will be bottled water. It is permissible to bring your own bottled water. (NOT tap water in a personal water bottle!) It’s important that we respect KI’s restrictions and very much appreciate everyone’s cooperation so that we may have our dance this month. Thanks!

All levels are very welcome. A lesson is included to start off the night. Our venue, KI, is a beautiful, very large space conveniently located on Harvard Street, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner in Brookline. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly!

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Gordon Webster at Beantown Camp 2016

Gordon Webster has two new albums in the works and an Indiegogo Campaign to help make them happen!

Many of us in the Boston area have known Gordon for a long time and watched him grow into one of the most in demand musicians on the worldwide Lindy scene. Not only is he a superb musician and bandleader, he’s a super nice guy. We are fortunate to have him play in our area multiple times a year. He’s been a long time Beantown regular, and this year for the first time he’s on the instructor lineup, teaching some musicality classes. In more recent years, his band has been closing out the week with two fabulous nights of music. You always want to go out on a high note, and with Gordon, you know it will be magical!

Now is our chance to show Gordon some Lindy love and support! He has an Indiegogo campaign to raise the much needed funds to complete the production of his albums. Plus there are perks! Be sure to check it out, and if you would like to contribute, there are only 10 days left!

Brennen Ernst and The Roaming Tones

Uptown Swing will be back at KI on April 15 with a new addition to the lineup! Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones are a Jazz band based in Philadelphia, playing music from the ’30s and ’40s with a supremely danceable rhythm.

Bandleader Brennen Ernst, originally inspired by swing guitar luminaries such as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, has been gaining recognition as one of the hardest swinging guitarists on the scene today. He was the guitarist in Solomon Douglas’ band for the last 2 years when they played at Uptown Swing. With Solomon off working for an Australian cruise line, we are looking forward to having Brennen back with his own band to play for us this year!

All levels are very welcome. A lesson is included to start off the night. Our venue, KI, is a beautiful, very large space conveniently located on Harvard Street, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner in Brookline. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly!

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Beantown Camp

As the First Time special discount slots are down to the last 1 available for the whole shebang or week, we’ve added one more opportunity before they are gone for good! On Thursday, April 6, we are holding a last chance sale for First Timers. Between 6:00pm and midnight, First Time discounts will be held open for ALL first timers who register during that period. (Whole shebang and week options only.) 

If this will be your first time attending Beantown, take advantage of this excellent opportunity to register at a significant discount. If you have friends, classmates or students who are interested and have not attended, please pass the word. The first time discount CAN be combined with the international discount.

For everyone else, Early Bird discounts are in effect through April 30!

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Beantown Camp

Campers are already registered from across the USA as well as internationally. Follows have been especially fabulous at registering early. Leaders, we need you to catch up! Please get in your registration so we can avoid having to start a wait list for follows.

Beantown 2017 is scheduled from June 22-29. Do the Whole Shebang or Week option to get the full load of track classes, mini-tracks, as well as optional and specialty classes, along with many other fun activities. Each day brings its own special features. You won’t want to miss them!

Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff and The Fried Bananas

The Fried Bananas was first assembled in 2006, right here in Boston, under the guidance of co-leaders Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, who are both dancers themselves. Together they carefully crafted the Bananas’ sound, drawing inspiration from Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Dr. Michael White. Since then, this versatile band has evolved to incorporate other swing influences from New Orleans to New York City, from the ’20s to the ’40s. So whether you’re looking to swing out or boogie back, The Fried Bananas has your back, and your dancing shoes.

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: KI, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446  
  • Band: Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas
  • Guest DJ: Dang Mai
  • Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)   
  • Parking: Town lots and street parking available. Some free after 6:00pm, others free after 8:00pm.

All levels are very welcome. A lesson is included to start off the night. Our venue, KI, is a beautiful, very large space conveniently located on Harvard Street, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner in Brookline. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly!Buy Tickets Now

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