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Beantown CampIf you are planning to attend and have not yet completed a registration or an Endicott reservation, it would be a huge help if you get your registration and full payment in ASAP! There are packets to assemble and the college has rooms to prepare. We want your complete camp experience to be smooth sailing from the moment you arrive and the more we can do in advance, the easier for us to make that happen.

Join us for our 19th year! Camp runs from June 25 to July 2 with multiple registration options. Start your summer off right with a dance vacation at Beantown Camp!

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Beantown CampIt is not too late to register for one of the fun competitions during the weekend. A fantastic, supportive audience is included! Divisions include Novice, Intermediate and Advanced J&Js, Strictly, Solo Charleston and Soul! Competitions are scheduled so that we have plenty of social dance time with excellent live music on both Friday and Saturday night. (That would be the Spicy Pickles and the Campus Five in case you have forgotten!)

We are honored to have so many wonderful events sponsoring the competitions by providing prizes for each division. Be sure to check each one out for your future event plans!

Beantown Camp Sponsors.

Beantown CampThe Facebook event page is the place to go for ride sharing information. Communicate with other campers and maybe organize a door-to-door airport shuttle or request a ride from a local. For our local campers, we would really appreciate if you check to see if there are any visiting campers you can help out. Or maybe offer a ride to campus if you have space in your car. It is wonderful when we all work together to make this an amazing experience for everyone!

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Beantown CampThe Beantown Scholarship Program was first started in 2014 to help bring previous Frankie Foundation ambassadors back to Beantown. The Ambassador Program was established to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop and to carry on Frankie’s legacy. Camp registrations are free of charge, however, funds are needed to cover housing, meals and travel.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed. We currently have 5 Frankie ambassadors returning to camp funded from your contributions! There is still time to contribute if you would like to do so. Every little bit helps!

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Beantown CampIf you have registered but not yet made an Endicott Reservation for housing and meals on campus, now is the time to do it! We highly recommend staying on campus (even if you live locally) to enhance your camp experience! Several of the housing options have sold out, however, singles and doubles are still available.

All housing reservations include full meals. In addition, there is a full meal option and a lunch only option. Don’t forget the BBQ on Monday evening! Meals are excellent and all special dietary needs are accommodated. Meal time is also a fun social time! It will not be possible to purchase meals individually and only meal card holders will be permitted in the dining hall.

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This Sunday, May 31 is the last day to get a registration discount price. It is also the due date to make your balance payment.

Leaders are still needed! Please help follows get off the wait list. If you are already registered and know of leads you can encourage to sign up, we would very much appreciate your help!

We’ve got the instructors, bands, DJs and dancers for an amazing week at Beantown. Don’t miss out on our 19th year!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Uptown Swing this month as we celebrated Frankie Manning! It was a very fun dance with a wonderful, happy spirit, just as Frankie would have liked. Today would have been his 101st birthday.

Thank you so much to Guest DJs Dang Mai, Andrew Selzer and Paul Loschak for providing a wonderful night of great music.

Here’s the picture that’s been sent to the Frankie Foundation’s #iamFrankieManning photo project.

Uptown Swing Dance

The request was to send in pictures using a classic Frankie pose. We had a good model with us to show the real thing!

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program to help bring previous Frankie Foundation ambassadors back to Beantown. The Ambassador Program was established to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop and to carry on Frankie’s legacy. We are happy to report that we raised $1,275, which included a $1,000 check from a very generous dancer. We are thrilled to announce that we can now bring to Beantown at least two additional ambassadors based on these contributions, bringing our total to five.

We also want to sent out a huge thanks to our Hop to the Beat classes who worked hard on “Rock-A-Bye Basie”, our new Lindy Hop/Solo Jazz routine. Check out the awesome performance.

Beantown CampMay 31 is the last day to get the last Discount prices for camp registration! There is still time to pay by the 2 month installment plan if you register by May 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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Leaders are still needed! Please help follows get off the wait list. If you are already registered and know of leads you can encourage to sign up, we would very much appreciate your help!

Frankie ManningMay is Frankie Month and Lindy Hoppers worldwide will be celebrating this very special man. We’ll be doing so at Uptown Swing this Saturday, May 16. There isn’t a better example than Frankie Manning to remind us of the joy and fun we have dancing!

Frankie was dancing back in the heyday of the Savoy Ballroom with bandleaders such as Chick Webb, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Lionel Hampton. Can you imagine dancing to their bands in person? We can’t make that happen, however, we’ll be honoring Frankie by dancing to his favorites with tunes provided by Guest DJs Dang Mai, Andrew Selzer and Paul Loschak!

Both a Newton and Boston Hop to the Beat class has been working on a new Lindy Hop/Solo Jazz routine and will be performing at the dance! Please come out to cheer them on!

Of course the night would not be complete without a Shim Sham, Frankie style! If you’ve been wanting to learn the Shim Sham or need to brush up on the steps, we’ll be doing it at the lesson before the dance.

Participate in the Frankie Foundation’s #iamFrankieManning photo project. We’ll be recreating a classic Frankie pose with a group picture at the dance.

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program to help bring previous Frankie Foundation ambassadors back to Beantown. The Ambassador Program was established to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop and to carry on Frankie’s legacy. Camp registrations are free of charge, however, funds are needed to cover housing, meals and travel.

The atmosphere at the dance is relaxed and friendly and all experience levels are very welcome to attend! There will be a beginner lesson at the start of the evening. It will be a little shorter than usual so that we can also go over the Shim Sham.

Buy Tickets NowBeginners welcome, no partner needed
Location: KI (Kehillath Israel), 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (entrance on Williams Street)
Band: Solomon Douglas Heptet
Guest DJs: Dang Mai, Andrew Selzer, Paul Loschak
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 8:15pm-12:00am 
Swing Lesson: 8:45-9:15pm
Shim Sham Lesson: 8:15-8:45pm
Performance: Hop to the Beat
Extras: Group Frankie Photo
Fundraiser: Beantown Scholarship Program
Admission: $12 ($8 with Student ID)

For a little taste of Frankie, check out this video invitation to last year’s Frankie 100 celebration in NYC. Over 2000 Lindy Hoppers attended from 47 countries!

Frankie 100 Invite

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Lawn On DThe Lawn on D is an outdoor interactive space designed to bring together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events. It is located on D Street in South Boston and is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

The grand opening weekend kicks off this Friday, May 15, with activities including a dance party to live Swing bands, including the always entertaining Sax Gordon, lessons, including Hop to the Beat, food trucks, lawn games, plus Lincoln Tavern serving summer eats, beer and wine under The Tent. Also featured is the return of Höweler + Yoon’s Swing Time, with this year’s swings having a new eco-twist using solar energy to illuminate their magnificent lights.

We do not yet have details on all of the specifics, however, a very fun night is in store. Plus it’s free!

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