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Classes

Lindy Hop/Swing ClassesRegister NowThe March-June session is open for registration in Boston and Newton! 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.

  • Lindy Hop/Beginner Swing Level 1: Boston & Newton
  • Lindy Hop Variety Pack: Newton
  • Lindy Hop Fast Dancing: Boston

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Dances

Uptown Swing DanceBuy Tickets NowThe next Uptown Swing Dance is Saturday, April 18 with Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones. They are a Jazz band based in Philadelphia, PA, 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 is proud to bring his brand-new combo, The Roaming Tones, to Hop to the Beat!

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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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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

Uptown Swing Dance

It’s time already to start thinking about the next session of classes. The new schedule and registration for both our Boston and Newton locations are now up! We’ve got a nice mix of classes for all levels. Level 1 will have a focus on musicality and topics will include mixing 6 and 8 counts. For more experienced dancers, on Sundays we have a new class offering a mixed bag of moves, reflecting the wide variety of possibilities in Lindy Hop. Continuing on Mondays will be part 2 of the routine class. In this session, the focus will be on formation, teamwork and getting performance-ready.

Monday Classes: February 27 to April 3
Ruggles Baptist Church
874 Beacon Street, Boston (near Fenway Park)

Sunday Classes: March 5 to April 9
545 Grove Street, Newton Lower Falls

Class sessions are 6 weeks. No partner needed (except for the routine class) as classes will rotate. Couples and singles are welcome.

  • Lindy Hop Level 1/Beginner Swing (Boston & Newton)
    Featured Topics for this session: musicality, mixing 6s & 8s
    This class gets a mix of brand new dancers as well as continuing students. There are several different sessions at this level, each with new content, which can be taken in any order. Students are recommended to stay at this level long enough both to cover many of the important elements of Lindy Hop as well as to feel very comfortable with what’s taught before moving to the next level. The aim is to work on developing a solid foundation of dance skills while building a repertoire of moves for social dancing. Discount after 2 full sessions. No experience required.
  • Lindy Hop Variety Pack (Newton)
    Something very fun about Lindy Hop is the wide and unlimited opportunity for variations in your dancing. This session will feature a mixed bag of moves with an emphasis on partner connection to create them. Included will be rebounds in swing outs, a horse and cart into a medley of moves, and a classic Charleston with a twisty ending. Previous Lindy Hop experience is required, including knowledge of 8 count basics. (For intermediate and up.)
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine, Part 2 (Boston)
    We’ve learned the routine and are moving to the next stage. The focus will be on performance, teamwork, formation and details, lots of details! This session requires attending with a partner. There will be opportunities to perform after the session is completed and that is what we’ll be aiming for. Performing requires practicing! Be prepared to practice as needed on your own time and in group rehearsals. It will take some commitment, and be challenging, but mostly it will be FUN!

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Soul Competition

Join us for the next Uptown Swing dance, featuring a special Swing & Soul event. Racky Thomas will be back to help you get your groove on. Guest DJ Sarah Elise is on board to handle the band breaks. Samuel Coleman will be teaching a special Soul dance class. Here’s your chance to let loose with some really fun music that makes you want to dance!

On Saturday, February 18, 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 Sarah Elise, bringing a great mix of fun get-up-and-dance music.

The evening will be starting off with a special lesson with guest instructor Samuel Coleman, joining us from NYC! Stay tuned for details on the lesson. It will be open to all and included with admission.

Grab a partner and participate in the Soul Competition! No advanced registration and no added fee to enter. This will be a fun competition open to anyone who would like to participate. There will be prizes!

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Beantown 2017 is scheduled from June 22-29. We have an excellent lineup of world class instructors, some very exciting plans for 5 nights of live music, plus many extras and fun activities throughout the week.

Do the Whole Shebang or Week option to get the full load of track classes, mini-tracks, as well as optional and specialty classes. Each day brings its own special features. You won’t want to miss them!

Registration is going live on Tuesday, February 7! Here are some things to look out for:

  • 4 Tiers Early Registration First Timer Discounts 
  • 4 Tiers Early Registration Discounts
  • International Discounts
  • On-Campus Housing Options
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