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Classes

Lindy Hop/Swing ClassesRegister NowThe July-August 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
  • Lindy Hop, Movement & Technique Intensive: Boston

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Dances

Uptown Swing DanceBuy Tickets NowThe next Uptown Swing Dance is Saturday, May 20 which is a special Frankie Manning Celebration. May is Frankie Month and Lindy Hoppers worldwide will be celebrating this very special man. There isn’t a better example than Frankie Manning to remind us of the joy and fun we have dancing! If you don’t know much about him, be sure to check out his bio. Of course the night would not be complete without a Shim Sham, Frankie style!

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program.

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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 2017 will be held from June 22–29. Beantown’s 21st 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

Hop to the Beat classThe next session of classes is now up! Tony has a busy work travel schedule which we wanted to get set first before announcing the new classes. At least this year we’ve been free of the many class cancellations due to weather that we had last winter. Hopefully the rest of this one will continue the same!

The new 6 week Sunday class session in Newton Lower Falls will be starting on March 13 and run through April 24. There will be no classes on March 27, Easter Sunday.

The new 6 week Monday class session in Boston will be starting on March 14 and run through April 25. There will be no classes on April 18, Patriots’ Day.

Here is what’s on for this session:

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 (Newton & Boston)
  • Lindy Hop Level 2 (Newton only this session)
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine Part 2 (Newton & Boston)

Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome. No partner necessary. Classes will rotate partners, except this session’s routine class.

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Beantown Swing OrchestraOn Saturday, February 20, Uptown Swing will be hosting the Beantown Swing Orchestra at KI in Brookline. The dance will also feature guest DJ Andrew Selzer.

Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in the performance of vintage Swing Era and Sinatra classics as well as popular and original songs custom arranged for big band. Most of the musicians and songwriters/arrangers are in their twenties and play with the energy and drive to keep everyone moving on the dance floor. It’s always a fun night with BSO in the house!

KI is a beautiful venue located just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner in Brookline. The dance entrance is on Williams Street. With an excellent wood floor and huge space, there is plenty of room for your dancing pleasure. Bring friends!

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Beantown CampBeantown Camp registration has been open for almost two weeks! Of course we sweated it out on opening night when everything went to overload. Once it all got rolling, it was excellent to see registrations pouring in.

Early Bird discount prices are currently available. Plus there are still some First Time discounts for those attending the week or whole shebang for their very first Beantown. Great bargains are still to be had!

Some of the housing options have filled, although there is plenty of available housing on campus. Be sure to check out some of the new options for 2016.

More exciting announcements are on the way!

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$25.00
Beantown Camp 2015 Class Review DVD

The Beantown Camp 2015 class review video includes most of the classes during the whole camp. It is available as a DVD and/or online download.

Class Reviews

  • Andy Reid & Nina Gilkenson
  • Andy Reid & Daryl Begin
  • Anthony Chen
  • Bobby White & Kate Hedin
  • Daryl Begin & Jennifer Stout
  • Emelie & Rebecka DecaVita
  • Gaby Cook
  • Javier Johnson & Gaby Cook
  • Javier Johnson & Sylvia Sykes
  • Jenny Thomas & Evita Arce
  • Jon Tigert
  • Jon Tigert & Jenna Applegarth
  • Josh Mclean
  • Michael Jagger & Evita Arce
  • Michael Jagger & Jenny Thomas
  • Michael Seguin & Gaby Cook
  • Michael Seguin & Nina Gilkenson
  • Mike Roberts & Laura Glaess
  • Nathan Bugh
  • Nathan Bugh & Evita Arce
  • Nathan Bugh & Gaby Cook
  • Richard Badu
  • Skye Humphries
  • Skye Humphries & Sylvia Sykes
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Zack Richard & Lunou Samson Poirot

Total Running Time: 2:22

The DVD is NTSC 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen.

The online download is available in two file sizes. They have named chapter markers for easy navigation in compatible players such as Apple’s QuickTime Player. The files can be downloaded once within a year of purchase.

The file download is for your personal use only. Please do not send to others or upload to video sharing sites. Instead, direct anyone interested to purchase the video. There is considerable expense involved in facilitating, filming and editing the material to make the clips and that is funded by the sales. Thanks for your support.

Beantown Camp

Beantown Camp Opening Soon!

Who knew back in 1997 when we held our first Beantown Camp that here we’d be in 2016 just about ready to open Beantown #20! So much has happened over the years and we are excited and grateful for how Beantown has evolved to become the amazing event that it is today.

This year Beantown runs from June 23-30 and will be back at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, a beautiful oceanfront location just north of Boston.

Here are just some of the reasons why you want to attend Beantown Camp 2016:

  • Immersing yourself in a week of classes with an amazing collection of the world’s best Lindy Hop instructors!
  • Dancing to some of the hottest Swing bands: Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal, Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five (two nights) and Gordon Webster (two nights)!
  • Being entertained, awed and inspired watching the instructors perform in Beantown Bounce!
  • Dancing with awesome Lindy Hoppers from all over the U.S. and beyond!
  • Spending time with Norma Miller, living legend and original Lindy Hopper!
  • Saturday Camp Social in a gorgeous shoreline setting!
  • Fun competitions!
  • Good times at Beantown Karaoke!
  • Camp BBQ with lawn games in the beautiful Misselwood Tent!
  • Bonding with classmates while trying to master that new move!
  • Entertainment galore at Beantown’s Got Talent!
  • Finding your Soul at a late night dance party!
  • Three fabulous meals per day with many options to choose from!
  • Rolling out of your bed and down to the beach for some relaxation time!
  • Hanging at the pub with your new and old friends!
  • Finishing your week filled with joy, exhilaration and lots of Lindy Love!

Important Beantown News

The past year presented some major challenges with Endicott College and Beantown, with the biggest issue concerning having minors on campus. The college has been undergoing some changes and starting with this year we will not be able to have anyone under 18 on campus. We were provided an exception for a handful of specific minors coming with key staff.

The changes taking place at Endicott are similar to many colleges these days. Some are eliminating all their summer programs to avoid the extra risks. Much of it has to do with all the scandals we hear about in the news. We were very worried about our being able to return this summer and, after meeting with the college president, were incredibly relieved we would be welcome back, although with some new parameters.

We are sad about having to restrict those who may come to Beantown, however, we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to continue to hold our camp at this wonderful venue. So much of what Beantown has become is due to the spectacular setting, facilities and staff at Endicott. We can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Beantown Camp

Beantown Registration Announcement!

Registration is going live on Saturday, January 30 at 5:00pm EST!

Here’s what to look out for: 

  • First Timer Discounts
  • Special Tiered Early Bird Discounts
  • International Discounts
  • New On-Campus Housing Options

Much of the current info on the website is from 2015. Although this year’s camp will have many similar features, there are always some changes. More details will be available soon as the website is updated this week.

If you’ve never done the whole shebang, THIS is the year!

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Hop to the Beat classHave you been telling yourself that you want to finally take a dance class? Have you been away for awhile and feeling you want to get back out? Now is the perfect time! A new year, a new start. Our first 6 week session of 2016 begins on Sunday, January 10 in Newton Lower Falls and Monday, January 11 in Boston. Classes are relaxed, good exercise and a fun opportunity to meet people.

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    The place to start for those brand new to Swing dancing! Also ideal if you have some experience and are working on developing a solid foundation of dance skills while building a repertoire of fun moves. 6 count basics plus an intro to 8 count will be covered along with a different selection of steps each session. The 7 different sessions at this level are designed to provide a good base for social dancing. Okay to start with any session. Students are recommended to stay at this level long enough to feel very comfortable with what’s taught before moving to Level 2. Discount after 2 full sessions. No experience required.
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
    This level is for refining the core moves of Lindy Hop and in each session there will be some time devoted to the finer points as well as adding variations to the basics. Emphasis is on technique, partner connection, musicality and building skills. The 8 different sessions continually evolve over time with each one focusing on a different theme (such as stretch, flow and rhythm). Sessions can be taken in any order. Each one has a mix of the classic (including Charleston) along with newer variations, all with a touch of style and flash! Discount after 2 full sessions. Some previous Lindy Hop experience is required. Meets in Newton only this session.
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine
    This uptempo routine will include a mix of partner and solo dancing. The focus while learning the steps will be on rhythm and musicality. Learning choreography is fun, challenging and a great way to work on your dancing! An interest in performing is not needed to take this session. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers. A partner is not required, however, for those interested in continuing, it would be helpful to join with a partner. Meets in both locations.

    Part 2 of this class will continue in the following session. The focus will be on performance, teamwork, formation and practice. Besides haven taken Part 1, it will be by invitation and require a partner.

Singles and couples welcome. No partner necessary. Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available. Missed classes may be made up at the alternate location when the same class meets.

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Swing & Soul DanceOn Saturday, January 16, Uptown Swing will be hosting a special Swing & Soul Dance at KI in Brookline. The dance will feature the fabulous Racky Thomas Band and guest DJ Javier Johnson, bringing a great mix of fun get-up-and-dance music.

There’s more! Included with dance admission, a special Intro to Partnered Soul lesson with Javi Johnson and a Soul Competition (with prizes)!

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Uptown Swing DanceUptown Swing is ready to take on a new year! We have an exciting line up of bands confirmed with something special each month.

  • January 16, Swing & Soul Dance, Racky Thomas Band
    Lesson with Javier Johnson, Soul Competition
  • February 20, Beantown Swing Orchestra
  • March 19, Uptown Swing Moves to the Boston Tea Party, Boilermaker Jazz Band
  • April 2, Solomon Douglas Heptet
    2nd Second Rate Lindy Exchange
  • May 21, Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas
    Frankie Manning Celebration

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2015 is just about over and what a year it was! Some of our most wonderful highlights contrasted with some of our biggest challenges.

Of course there was the snow! For the first time ever we had to cancel a class session. Four cancelled Mondays in a row beat our previous record of one. We decided at that point to give up and try again with the new session. It was a longer wait than usual and very welcome when spring finally arrived.

Snow in BostonSnow in Boston

May brought us one of our worst experiences when we almost lost Beantown about a month prior to opening day. The main issues had to do with some new insurance requirements that we were having an impossible time fulfilling. Thankfully we managed to squeak by under the deadline as we couldn’t imagine the alternative. It was a horrible experience which completely took us by surprise.

Despite any issues, Beantown managed to be the most wonderful ever. It was the best attended, however, it was the amazing week that reminded us why we do it every year. So much joy, so much love! We couldn’t be more grateful to every single person who attended and contributed to a most spectacular camp.

After a stressful summer wondering if we’d be back at Endicott, we were incredibly relieved in the fall to get a positive outcome. There are some new parameters to follow, but any cons are far outweighed by the positives. We are grateful to have such a beautiful venue which has contributed much to what Beantown has become.

September marked the 20th anniversary of Hop to the Beat, which was highlighted by an excellent Uptown Swing celebration. We enjoyed the most awesome jam ever and were particularly excited to reunite the Hop to the Beat Dancers. Mostly we were reminded of how grateful we are to have made so many friends and met so many fantastic people, all coming together through this fabulous dance that we love so much.

Uptown Swing Dance November 2015 photo albumUptown Swing Dance November 2015 photo album
Also available on Facebook

The year once again closed out with another awesome Skye-Naomi-Gordon weekend. We couldn’t have ended our dance year on a higher note, full of friends, fun, inspiration, spirit and sheer bliss!

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Workshops 2015 photo albumSkye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Workshops 2015 photo album
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Now it’s time to look forward to the new year!

Wishing you much joy and happiness in the new year.

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

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