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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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Providence SwingsHead on down this Saturday to Providence Swings’ Pre-Dirty Dozen, Dozen Year Birthday Bash! Now how can you miss that!

Providence Swings hosts very fun and friendly dances and this is sure to be a good one! Check out this great team of DJs: Daryl Begin from Providence, Dang Mai from Boston and Wil Reed from Connecticut.

A beginner lesson is included starting at 7:00pm.

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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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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
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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