Bringing Lindy Hop to New England since 1995!

Hop to the Beat

Lindy Hop originated in the dance halls of Harlem in the late 1920s and evolved with the hot Jazz and jumpin’ Blues music. It’s an exuberant style of Swing, mixing uptempo Charleston with slow groovin’ and everything in between! Influenced by other dance styles and changes in popular music, Lindy Hop thrives today as an incredibly fun, creative partner dance mixing classic with new. Join in the fun and become part of the friendly Lindy Hop community! There are classes for all levels. Beginners are very welcome as well as singles and couples.

Uptown Swing DanceThis fall will mark 2 years since Uptown Swing moved to KI for our monthly dance. We feel very fortunate to have this beautiful space with one of the largest dance floors in New England, plus an excellent location near Coolidge Corner in Brookline. Starting in July, the rent is going up significantly, almost double the current rate. It would be a shame for the Boston community to lose this exceptional venue. Although this necessitates an increase in our dance admission, we will continue to keep our prices as low as feasible. The price will vary depending on the band, with out-of-town and larger bands at the higher end. With your support, we’ll be able to continue to provide many more fun nights at Uptown Swing!

Professor Cunningham and his Old SchoolThe next Uptown Swing dance will be on Saturday, July 19. This will be a special event featuring the fabulous Professor Cunningham and his Old School from NYC as well as a dance performance with Mickey Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault, one of the most exciting and creative Balboa couples worldwide. Mickey & Kelly will be in town for Balboa workshops hosted by Boston Balboa.

Mickey & Kelly workshop information.

Uptown Swing is held at KI, our wonderful venue conveniently located on Harvard Street, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner in Brookline. (Dance entrance on Williams Street.) There’s AC, a fabulous, huge wood floor, plus free street parking. Beginners are very welcome and there is a lesson included at the beginning of the evening. You do not need to have a partner to attend. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, and Balboa. Bring your friends and introduce them to a fun night!

Buy Tickets NowUptown Swing information.

Join the Facebook event.

Hop to the Beat classSummer classes start on Monday, July 14 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston. Ruggles is on Beacon Street near the Boston-Brookline border. It’s near BU and Fenway Park with lots of choices on public transportation plus free on street parking.

Classes include Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2. Don’t forget to plan on staying for practice time!

In September we will resume Sunday classes at our usual Newton location as well as continuing Mondays at Ruggles.

Register NowFull class details on website.

This year Beantown had the most ever competitors and the highest level of competition. As usual, a very supportive Beantown crowd were there to enthusiastically cheer on all the competitors. Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants!

Novice Lindy Hop Jack & JillNovice Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

  1. Liat Frenkel & Kate Blair
  2. Pascal Hogan & Jennifer Stewart
  3. Dang Mai & Hannah Piontek

Intermediate Lindy Hop Jack & JillIntermediate Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

  1. Andy Yong & Becky Zub
  2. Samuel Coleman & Marie-Eve Galina
  3. Payam Fahr & Katie Piselli

Advanced Lindy Hop Jack & JillAdvanced Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

  1. Anthony Chen & Nicole Zuckerman
  2. Daryl Begin & Shauna Marble
  3. Dan Repsch & Heather Ballew

Solo CharlestonSolo Charleston

  1. Josh Mclean
  2. Rafal Pustelny
  3. Jenny Sowden


  1. Anthony Chen & Lunou Samson Poirot
  2. Dan Repsch & Jenny Sowden
  3. Kenny Nelson & Jesse Hanus

Strictly Lindy HopStrictly Lindy

  1. Javier Johnson & Heather Ballew
  2. Edgar Herwick & Micki Balder
  3. Rebekka & Emelie DecaVita

Spirit of Frankie AwardSpirit of Frankie Award

Samuel Coleman

Beantown CampIf you can’t attend Beantown Camp this year, you are welcome to join in for the Saturday Dance Party at Endicott College. This dance is open to the public and will be a night of joy and fun, without a doubt!

Beantown Saturday Dance Party, June 28, 2014

  • Door opens: 8:30pm
  • Strictly Lindy Competition: 9:00pm
  • Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five: 9:30pm
  • Jack & Jill Finals: 10:15pm
  • Photo Booth
  • Late Night Cake-Break in the Beantown Cafe: 12:30am
  • Swing & Blues Late Night Dance hosted by Dan Repsch & Jenny Sowden: 12:30am  
  • Location: Post Center at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915 
  • Admission: $30 ($25 with student ID) 

Space will be limited! To ensure your spot, advanced purchase tickets are available.

Buy Tickets NowUptown Swing details on website.

Join the Facebook event.

Beantown CampBeantown is still accepting registrations, although time is growing short! If you are planning to attend and have not yet completed a registration, please do it ASAP!

If you are interested in housing on campus, there are very few spaces remaining. Many of the choices are sold out. Contact us if you have any questions on possible openings.

Register NowJoin the Beantown Camp 2014 Facebook event.

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