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Hop to the Beat ClassWe are just back from Beantown Camp, catching up on sleep and sorting through the camp follow up. We are tired but exhilarated! The entire week has once again exceeded expectations and we’ll have more to say once we’ve got our thoughts together.

Our summer session starts this Monday, July 8 in Boston! The session meets for 6 weeks and includes Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2. Each class is followed by a half hour practice time, a fun time to work with classmates on what you just learned. The location is the Ruggles Baptist Church on Beacon Street near Fenway Park (just at the Boston/Brookline border), close to several public transportation choices. Street parking is available as well as in the church lot.

Class information and registration.

This will be our only session this summer. Sundays in Newton will resume in September.

Uptown Swing DanceOur next monthly Uptown Swing dance will be on Sunday, July 28 with Boston Swing Express!

This will be the second dance in our Special Sunday Summer Dance series.

Uptown Swing is held at KI, our awesome 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!

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Sax GordonCome on out to Uptown Swing this Sunday, June 9 with the always entertaining and energetic Sax Gordon Band! Gordon and his band were on fire the last time they played our dance. They never even took their 2nd break as they were having such a great time. Now that is what we’re talking about!

This will be the first dance in our Special Sunday Summer Dance series.

Uptown Swingis held at KI, our awesome 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!
  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: KI, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (Entrance on Williams Street!)
  • Band: Sax Gordon Band
  • Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
  • Time: 6:45-10:30pm
  • Swing Lesson: 6:45-7:30pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)
  • Parking: Meters are free on Sundays. Plenty of nearby parking available.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Swing Dance Class After Beantown, we will have one session of classes for the summer. Information and registration is now up on the website. As usual for the summer, there will be no Sunday classes. Mondays will be continuing in Boston at Ruggles Church near Fenway Park. Sundays in Newton will resume in September.

The summer classes will be starting on Monday, July 8 and include Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2.

Class information.

Frankie Manning leading Shim Sham at the Hop to the Beat Dance, Cambridge Friends School, February 2005
Frankie Manning leading Shim Sham at the Hop to the Beat Dance, Cambridge Friends School, February 2005

Not only is this a holiday weekend, this Sunday, May 26 marks what would have been Frankie Manning’s 99th birthday. It is hard to believe that 4 years have passed since we lost this most special person. Lindy Hoppers around the world will be celebrating his life and wonderful spirit.

This Friday at Boston Swing Central we’ll be teaching the Shim Sham at the pre-dance lesson. Later that evening we’ll all dance the Shim Sham in our best Frankie Manning tradition! I (Aurelie) will be guest DJing for the first part of the evening, featuring many of Frankie’s favorites, followed by the wonderful Tina Desorcy.

Check BSC site for all the details.

Swing Dance Class For those who like to plan ahead, our summer session of Lindy Hop classes is up on the website. As usual for the summer, we will not be holding Sunday classes. Mondays will be continuing in Boston at Ruggles Church near Fenway Park starting on July 8. Sundays in Newton will resume in September.

Full details and registration.

Sax GordonUptown Swing moves to Sundays in the summer for June, July and August! These dances will have the same fun and format as usual at KI, our beautiful venue in Brookline. The time will be shifted earlier in the evening with the lesson starting at 6:45pm, dancing from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Our first Sunday dance will be on June 9 with the always fabulous Sax Gordon! That’s the way to start the summer off right!

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Toni Lynn WashingtonCome on out to Uptown Swing this Saturday, May 18 for a fun night of dancing with the Toni Lynn Washington Band! Toni is Boston’s own Queen of Swing and she knows how to keep our happy feet moving all night. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues.

This month we will be dedicating our Shim Sham to the worldwide King of Swing, Frankie Manning! Sadly we lost Frankie a few years ago. This month marks what would have been his 99th birthday. Be sure to join in as we honor this most wonderful man.

Uptown Swing is held at KI, which is our beautiful venue conveniently located on Harvard Street near Coolidge Corner in Brookline. There’s AC, a fabulous large floor for dancing, plus nearby town lots and free street parking after 8:00pm. Beginners are very welcome and there is a lesson included at the beginning of the evening to get everyone started. You do not need to have a partner to attend. Bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing!

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: KI, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (Entrance on Williams Street!)
  • Band: Toni Lynn Washington Band
  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)
  • Parking: Town lots and street parking available. Some free after 6:00pm, others free after 8:00pm.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

DanceAs always, it is still possible to join our new session of classes in the second week. This is our last session before Beantown Camp! Classes for this session include Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2. These classes are offered both on Sunday evenings at the Newton Lower Falls Community Center and on Monday evenings at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston.

The Level 1 class in Boston has more leaders! Followers, this is a great session to join! All other classes are even or close to even.

Also on Sunday in Newton we are teaching Variations Aplenty!, a fun class where we’ll take fundamental moves and add twists and turns and rhythm variations to create something new and unexpected. This class is close to even.

Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation.

Full details and registration.

Toni Lynn WashingtonOur next monthly Uptown Swing Dance is coming up in Brookline on Saturday, May 18 featuring the Toni Lynn Washington Band. We’ll be back at KI, our beautiful dance venue near Coolidge Corner.

Beginners are very welcome and you do not need to have a partner. The music will be great for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and some Blues. This will be an excellent night to bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing!

Uptown Swing Dance information.