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Solomon DouglasCome on out to Uptown Swing this with the Solomon Douglas Quintet.  Solomon keeps a busy schedule playing at dances and events around the country and it will be a special treat to have him here right in our own backyard!

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and beginners are very welcome! KI is a beautiful large space with a smooth wood floor and a convenient location on Harvard Street in Brookline (entrance on Williams Street). For those taking the T, it is close to both Coolidge Corner and Harvard Ave stops on the Green Line. If you want to come early for dinner or a drink, there are plenty of places nearby. Parking is free after 8:00pm (some areas after 6:00pm) and there is plenty of street parking and several town lots in the vicinity.

Special 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 any 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!) We very much appreciate everyone’s cooperation so that we may enjoy this wonderful venue for our dance. Thanks!

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Frankie and Julie at Beantown Camp 2007We were very fortunate to have Frankie join us many times at Beantown, starting with year two in 1998. One of the things planned is a display of photos from over the years of Frankie at Beantown. If you are a past attendee from that time and have Beantown photos of Frankie you can dig up, we would really appreciate it!

Any format is fine (RAW, JPEG, TIFF, Adobe Lightroom Catalog, …) and the higher the resolution the better. Either email them or let us know and we can send you a Dropbox folder invite.

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Frankie Manning Foundation's Ambassador ProgramThis will be the 3rd year that Beantown Camp has been involved in the Frankie Manning Foundation’s Ambassador Program. It has been a wonderful experience for both Beantown and the ambassadors and we are looking forward to meeting this year’s recipients. In addition, we would like to help previous recipients return to camp this year as most of them do not have the means to do so on their own.

Beantown will be providing the camp registration at no cost, however, there are expenses that need to be covered including housing, meals and travel.

If you would like to make a contribution, any amount would be greatly appreciated! All funds will go directly to cover expenses.

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Beantown CampApril 30 is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount prices for camp registration! There is still time to pay by the 3 month installment plan if you register by April 25.

Everything is coming together for an amazing week of classes, socializing, entertainment and fun! If you would like to have a vacation immersed in dancing and good times, Beantown is for you!

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Camp runs from June 26 to July 3 with multiple registration options.

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Frankie ManningIt is still possible to join the new session in the second week. This will be the last Newton session until September! Boston classes continue through the summer.

Classes 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.

For Sundays only, there is a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers on Frankie’s Favorites.  Included will be some Frankie stories and Frankie styling as we immerse ourselves in the joy that is Frankie Manning!

If you are planning to attend any of these classes and have not already done so, it is very helpful if you would submit an on-line registration to speed up check-in. You can pay in advance through PayPal or at the first class by cash, check or credit card. Thanks!

Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome. No partner necessary.

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Solomon DouglasWe are looking forward to Uptown Swing back at KI after a long break due to a snow cancellation and some scheduling issues. We are also happy to report that our upcoming dance schedule for the next year is overall looking good!

The next Uptown Swing dance will be on Saturday, April 19 with the Solomon Douglas Quintet. Solomon keeps a busy schedule playing at dances and events around the country and it will be a special treat to have him here right in our own backyard!

KI is one of the best venues for dancing in New England with its spacious smooth wood floor, wonderful room and excellent location. It has it all! Top that off with the fabulous Solomon Douglas this month, fun and friendly dancers, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an awesome night of Swing!

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Frankie ManningApril has arrived AND some actual signs of spring! The calendar is getting very busy with a lot of fun dance opportunities coming up.

New Hop to the Beat classes will be starting this week. Come check out our brand new floor in Newton! This will be the last session in this location until the fall. Boston classes will continue through the summer.

Special for this session is a new class of Frankie’s Favorites. There is no one who could light up a room quite like Frankie and we’ll be doing some of his classic moves and sharing the Lindy Love!

New classes start this Sunday, April 6 at the Lower Falls Community Center in Newton and this Monday, April 7 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston near Fenway Park. You do not need to attend with a partner for any of the classes.

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    Appropriate for anyone starting out as well as those with some experience who are working on building a solid foundation of dance skills. Includes six count basics, an intro to eight count basics, along with a variety of fun steps to build your repertoire and get you out on the dance floor! Meets in both locations.
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
    For more intermediate level Swing dancers, some prior Lindy Hop experience is helpful. Eight and six count basics will be mixed along with a variety of classic Lindy Hop, newer variations, and a focus on partnering, technique and style. Meets in both locations.
  • Frankie’s Favorites
    Frankie Manning danced with passion and joy, something we all need in our lives. This class will feature classic moves from the man himself that every Lindy Hopper should know! Come share the Lindy love! For intermediate to advanced. Meets in Newton only.

If you are planning to attend any of these classes and have not already done so, it is very helpful if you would submit an on-line registration to speed up check-in. You can pay in advance through PayPal or at the first class by cash, check or credit card. Thanks!

Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome.

Full class details and schedule on website.

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Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning leading the Shim Sham during a Hop to the Beat Dance at the Cambridge Friends School in 2005.

This May, Lindy Hoppers around the world will be celebrating Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday. Uptown Swing will be hosting a local celebration on May 10th and welcome all dancers to join in!

All profits from the dance will go to the Frankie Manning Foundation.

Get ready for some Shim Sham, Big Apple, and a joyful night of dancing!

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Beantown CampPlans are continuing to take shape for an incredibly fun week at Beantown Camp this summer. Dancers are already registered from all over the U.S. as well as several other countries. We will have some announcements soon about some of the special classes and presentations that are being added. Lots of great stuff to look forward to!

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering for a work crew position for a camp registration discount. There are still several openings available.

Some of the housing options on campus have sold out, including Woodside and Hawthorne. Manchester and Gloucester are very close to being filled. There are still plenty of rooms available in the other options including singles, doubles and triple/quads. Check the website for details.

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Beantown is known for providing excellent music for your dancing pleasure and this year will be no exception! Check out what’s in store for another amazing week of camp.

Boilermaker Jazz Band

Boilermaker Jazz Band with special guest Naomi UyamaIt has been too long since the Boilermaker Jazz Band were last at Beantown, however, the wait is over! They will be kicking things off on Friday night and we’ll be in good hands to get the party started! Special guests include Josh Collazo on drums and Naomi Uyama on vocals. Beantown campers are going to be happy with this news!

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five

Jonathan Stout and his Campus FiveYes folks, they’ll be making the trek across the country to join us again and we couldn’t be happier! Campus Five will be playing on Saturday and Sunday! It has been confirmed that Beantown and Campus Five make an excellent combination. Be ready for some outstanding nights on the dance floor!

Gordon Webster & Friends featuring Naomi Uyama

Gordon Webster & Friends featuring Naomi UyamaGordon and his band have been regulars at Beantown and every year we think we couldn’t love them any better, but we always do.What’s better than one night of Gordon Webster? Two nights of course! The band will be playing for both Tuesday and Wednesday. There just isn’t a better way to celebrate and finish up an awesome week of camp!

Beantown DJ Crew

Mary FreitagFive nights of fabulous live music! That’s a lot to be excited about! But wait, there’s more…

Allen Kerr will return to head our excellent line-up of DJs. This year’s crew includes Mary Freitag, Jesse Hanus, Dan Lepsch and Dan Newsome. In addition, Peter Strom will be back hosting a late night Soul Party, a not-to-be-missed Beantown highlight!

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Beantown Camp

Beantown CampCamp runs from June 26 to July 3 with multiple registration options. Early Bird discount prices are currently available. Register today for your dance vacation at Beantown Camp!

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