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Skye Humphies & Naomi Uyama Workshop AlbumLast weekend was a blast - fun, challenging, inspirational and full of awesomeness! Good thing there are high ceilings at Brookline Tai Chi or we would have blown the roof off the joint at Uptown Swing on Saturday night! Gordon Webster, Naomi Uyama, Jesse Selengut, Adrian Cunningham, Cassidy Holden and Jeremy Noller were on fire! So much fun and great energy which pushed them to keep playing past 1:00am. It was a packed house full of beaming faces. Very special thanks to those who stuck around until after the music finally ended to help us pack and clean up.

Huge thanks to Skye and Naomi for the excellent classes, performing for us at the dance and for being your wonderful selves. Thanks to everyone who participated. We really appreciate all the visiting dancers who joined us. Thanks also to everyone who helped with hosting, transporting, running the door and spreading the word, especially Margaret, Betty and Meredith. The vibe all weekend was so positive and full of joy! What more can you ask for?

If you would like to see photos from the workshops, check out the album on Facebook.

Solomon DouglasOur next dance will be on Saturday, January 21 with the Solomon Douglas Quintet featuring Alison Dreyfuss on vocals. We don’t see Solomon too much these days in our area so it will be a nice treat to have him play for us. Looking forward to another fun night at Uptown Swing to kick off 2012!

For details on what’s currently scheduled:

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Lindy Hop Swing Dance ClassOur first 6 week session of 2012 starts on Sunday, January 8 in Newton Lower Falls and on Monday, January 9 in Boston. Both locations include classes in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2.

Also coming up, we have a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: Partner Charleston, Flashy Variations and Transitions. It will include some cool variations on classic Charleston while also focusing on some fancy transitions. Classes will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun! This class will meet on Sundays in Newton.

If you have any friends interested in getting into dancing, lessons are a great way to get started. Please pass on the info!

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration.

Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas DVDsThere’s still time to get a gift of dance this holiday season! Here’s what you will find in the Hop to the Beat Shop:

  • Ryan and Jenny’s series of teaching DVDs. Ryan and Jenny are two of the best Lindy Hop teachers and performers in the world. These DVDs are jam packed with information with very clear presentation and tons of demonstration.
  • Beantown Camp 2011 DVDsBeantown Camp DVDs, including the 3 DVD set for 2011 covering class recaps, competitions, evening and class performances and Beantown Bounce (the awesome show)!
  • Beantown Camp and Hop to the Beat T-Shirts.
  • Gift Certificates which are customized to any amount.

Purchase at the Hop to the Beat shop.

The Skye and Naomi weekend is almost here! There is a full schedule of activities to keep everyone dancing from Friday evening through Sunday. Great music, great classes and plenty of great local and visiting dancers!

Uptown Swing Dance on Saturday

Naomi Uyama with Gordon Webster BandJoin us this Saturday, December 3 for our monthly Uptown Swing Dance. This month we are thrilled to have back the very fabulous Gordon Webster Band with the beautiful vocals of Naomi Uyama! Also featured during the evening will be a demo with Skye and Naomi that you won’t want to miss. Extra for this month, the dance has been extended to run until 12:30am. This is our last Uptown Swing dance of 2011 and we know we’ll be ending on a high note!

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and beginners are very welcome. You do not need to come with a partner. Brookline Tai Chi is a great space with a smooth wood floor and a convenient location on Beacon Street in Brookline. For those taking the T, it is directly across from the Washington Square stop on the Green Line. If you want to come early for dinner or a drink, there are plenty of places nearby. Street parking is free after 8:00pm.

Beginners welcome, no partner needed
Location: Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Band: Gordon Webster Band with Naomi Uyama
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 8:15pm-12:30am
Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
Dance Exhibition:
Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama
Admission:
$15 ($10 with Student ID)

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Workshop Weekend

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaThe wait is over. Be prepared for a phenomenal weekend of workshops with Skye and Naomi! Classes are scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2-4. Join fellow dancers from 9 states and Canada. There are classes for all levels including beginners.

Workshop Location: Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove Street, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462

Friday, December 2
A. 7:30-8:30pm Lindy Hop with Skye & Naomi
B. 8:45-9:45pm Slower Routine

Saturday, December 3
C. 12:15-1:15pm Lindy Hop Fundamentals
D. 1:25-2:25pm Building on Your Basics
E. 2:35-3:35pm Charleston Foundation

Sunday, December 4
F. 1:30-2:30pm Solo Jazz Routine
G. 2:45-3:45pm Fun with Footwork
H. 4:00-5:00pm Dancing Together
I. 5:15-6:15pm Lindy Hop Partner Routine (partner needed)

It will be possible to register at the workshops as space permits. There is currently space in all of the classes and they are all reasonably balanced:-)

Workshop Location:
Lower Falls Community Center
545 Grove Street
Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462

Parking Information:
In Newton Lower Falls, please park in the inside parking lot only (near the entrance to the Lower Falls Community Center). The front and back parking lots belong to the Senior Center. There is plenty of on-street parking.

You can still pre-register to ensure your spot.

Complete workshop details and registration.

Crosby Whistle Stop on Friday

After Friday workshops, head on over to the Crosby Whistle Stop for the weekly dance. BSC is hosting Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five from NYC!

Boston Swing Central information.

January Lindy Hop Swing Class Session

Lindy Hop Swing Dance ClassPlans are set for our first 6 week session of classes in Newton and Boston for 2012!

New classes in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2 are scheduled in Newton Lower Falls starting Sunday evenings on January 8 and in Boston, Monday evenings on January 9. Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available. It will be possible to make up missed classes at the alternate location and it has been great to see students taking advantage of that.

Also coming up, we have a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: Partner Charleston, Flashy Variations and Transitions. It will include some cool variations on classic Charleston while also focusing on some fancy transitions. This class will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun! It meets on Sundays in Newton.

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend and welcoming our out of town guests!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

What a fun night we had at Uptown Swing on Saturday! As promised, there were lots of smiles, great energy, and a very hot Sax Gordon Band:-) Thank you so much to everyone who joined us. Also, a special thank you to our Hop to the Beat crew who performed with us.

Our next dance is coming up next weekend (not the usual 3rd Saturday) and features the “other” awesome Gordon!

Last Chance for Discount Prices: Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Lindy Hop Weekend + Uptown Swing Dance

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaLast chance for discount prices for the Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama workshops on December 2-4, expiring this Wednesday, November 23! You do not need to do the full weekend as workshops are a la carte. A completed registration with payment must be received by the discount due date. Sending a check postmarked by November 23 will also qualify. It will be possible to register after that date and at the door as long as space is available. The classes will all be held at Lower Falls Community Center in Newton, MA. Classes currently have a good lead-follow balance.

Complete workshop details and registration.

Naomi Uyama with Gordon Webster Band On Saturday night, December 3, is our monthly Uptown Swing Dance in Brookline featuring the always incredible Gordon Webster and the amazingly talented Naomi Uyama on vocals. They are hot off of recording a new live CD just this past weekend in Rochester. Included during the evening will be a demo with Skye and Naomi that you won’t want to miss. Special for this month, Uptown Swing has been extended to run until 12:30am.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

This very special weekend is almost here! Skye, Naomi and Gordon - a can’t miss combination. Add to that dancers coming from 8 states and Canada plus a variety of classes to choose from with great stuff for all levels. We are looking forward to welcoming our out-of-town visitors and to a fun and inspirational weekend!

Don’t miss out - register today!

January Lindy Hop Swing Class Session

Lindy Hop Swing Dance ClassPlans are set for our first 6 week session of classes in Newton and Boston for 2012!

New classes in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2 are scheduled in Newton Lower Falls starting Sunday evenings on January 8 and in Boston, Monday evenings on January 9. Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available. It will be possible to make up missed classes at the alternate location and it has been great to see students taking advantage of that.

Also coming up, we have a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: Partner Charleston, Flashy Variations and Transitions. It will include some cool variations on classic Charleston while also focusing on some fancy transitions. This class will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun! It meets on Sundays in Newton.

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration.

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are able to enjoy the time with family and friends.

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

What a fun night at the BSDN Pre-25th Anniversary dance this past Saturday in Watertown! It was so awesome to see such a huge crowd of dancers joining together to celebrate Swing dancing. Thank you Roger for bringing live music for all these years and for continuing to provide us this link to the early days of the Boston Swing community.

Saturday Uptown Swing Dance with Sax Gordon Band

Sax Gordon

Come on out to Uptown Swing this Saturday, November 19 with the Sax Gordon Band. Gordon is an amazing sax player who has played all over the world. He and his band receive rave reviews whenever we have been fortunate to get them on our dance schedule. If you have not had the opportunity to dance to Gordon and his band, be sure to check them out! There will be lots of smiles, good energy and fun dancing at Uptown Swing this Saturday!

Also included this month is a Lindy Hop performance with Hop to the Beat! We’ll be Flying Home and would love for you to come and cheer us on:-)

The dance is held at Brookline Tai Chi, which is our wonderful venue conveniently located directly across from the Washington Square T stop on Beacon Street. There’s AC, a fabulous floor for dancing, plus 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. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues. Bring your friends and introduce them to a fun night of dancing!

Beginners welcome, no partner needed
Location: Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Band: Sax Gordon Band
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
Dance Performance: Hop to the Beat
Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Lindy Hop Weekend

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaThis is the last week to register at the discount prices for the Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama workshops on December 2-4, expiring next Wednesday, November 23! It will be possible to register after that date as long as space is available.

Complete workshop schedule and registration.

The classes will all be held at Lower Falls Community Center in Newton. The most beginner classes are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Prior Lindy Hop experience is needed for the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon classes (except for the Solo Jazz Routine which is open to all levels). There will be something for everyone and a variety of topics covered including fundamentals, partnering, footwork variations, solo Jazz, slow dancing and Charleston. For those really looking for a challenge, there is a partner routine class to end the afternoon on Sunday. Skye and Naomi are two of the must popular instructors on the scene today and we are very excited for this opportunity to have them teaching in our own backyard!

The weekend will also include our monthly Uptown Swing Dance in Brookline featuring the Gordon Webster Band with Naomi on vocals plus a dance performance with Skye and Naomi. This weekend with the combination of Skye, Naomi and Gordon has always been a highlight of the year, which is why we are doing it for the 4th time! It is guaranteed awesomeness:-) Register today to get the discount price!

New Lindy Hop Swing Class Session

Lindy Hop Swing Dance ClassPlans are already set for our next 6 week session of classes! We’ll be continuing in both our Newton and Boston locations starting in January.

New classes in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2 are scheduled in Newton Lower Falls on Sunday evenings starting January 8 and in Boston on Monday evenings starting January 9. Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available.

It will be possible to make up missed classes at the alternate location and it has been great to see students taking advantage of that.

Also coming up, we have a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: Partner Charleston, Flashy Variations and Transitions. It will include some cool variations on classic Charleston while also focusing on some fancy transitions. This class will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun! This class will meet on Sundays in Newton.

Complete class information and registration.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Uptown Swing this Saturday!
Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

It’s fall, it’s winter, it’s spring, it’s dark! We can’t keep up. Let’s just enjoy it all one way or another:-)

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Lindy Hop Weekend

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaThis is shaping up to be an excellent weekend! We already have dancers coming from 8 states and Canada. (Hey NH, we need you!) Discount prices are now in effect until November 23. (Full price afterwards.) There are a variety of classes to choose from with great stuff for all levels. The weekend is December 2-4 and all workshops will be at the Lower Falls Community Center in Newton Lower Falls. Also included on Saturday night is our monthly Uptown Swing dance in Brookline featuring the always incredible Gordon Webster and the amazingly talented Naomi Uyama on vocals. Now that is a can’t miss combination!

Skye and Naomi are highly sought out instructors and we are happy for this opportunity to have them back in the Boston area. We are looking forward to welcoming our out-of-town visitors and to a fun and inspirational weekend!

Complete workshop schedule and registration.

November Uptown Swing Dance with Sax Gordon

Sax GordonOur next Uptown Swing dance is on Saturday, November 19 welcoming back the incredibly awesome Sax Gordon! Gordon is a highly sought out sax player and we always feel fortunate when we can get him on our dance schedule. He plays with an exuberant spirit that seems to take over the room. You will need to dance! If you have never had the opportunity to dance to Gordon and his band, be sure to check him out. You will be glad you did:-)

Also included this month is a Lindy Hop performance with Hop to the Beat! We’ll be Flying Home. We would love for you to come and cheer us on:-)

Uptown Swing is a monthly dance which is held at Brookline Tai Chi, conveniently located directly across from the Washington Square T stop on Beacon Street. It is a wonderful venue with an excellent wood floor for dancing. Street parking is free 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. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues. Bring your friends and introduce them to a fun night of dancing!

Uptown Swing Dance information.

BSDN Pre-25th Anniversary Battle of the Bands

The Love DogsThis year the Boston Swing Dance Network will be celebrating 25 years of bringing live music to the Boston Swing dance community! This Saturday, November 12, BSDN will be hosting a special Pre-25th Anniversary dance featuring a Battle of the Bands with The Love Dogs and Eight to the Bar. In addition, we are excited to be performing with a group of Hop to the Beat dancers!

Eight to the BarWe hope everyone will come out to this very special dance and to thank Roger Weiss for bringing us live music for 25 years!

Boston Swing Dance Network dance information.

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

Saturday’s snowstorm was quite a shock to the system! We hope everyone has power back by now and that the damage was minimal. We had numerous tree branches down at our house including one perched on our power line, which fortunately held until the branch was cut down. The local streets are still quite a mess and it is sad to see so much damage to the beautiful landscape.

Early Bird Price This Wednesday: Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Weekend

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaNow is the time to register to get the early bird discount for the Skye and Naomi Lindy Hop workshops on December 2-4. It expires this Wednesday, November 2nd! You do not need to do the full weekend as workshops are a la carte. The price is only $15 per workshop with even greater savings for 4 or more. To get this great deal, a completed registration with payment must be received by the early bird due date. Sending a check postmarked by November 2 will also qualify.

Skye and Naomi are highly sought out instructors and we are looking forward to having them back here in the Boston area. There are a variety of classes to choose from with great stuff for all levels! It is going to be a fun and inspirational weekend. All classes will be taking place in Newton Lower Falls.

Please note that the times for Saturday have been changed slightly from what was originally scheduled.

Complete workshop schedule and registration.

When should you register? RIGHT NOW!

November Uptown Swing Dance with Sax Gordon

Sax GordonOur next Uptown Swing dance is on Saturday, November 19 welcoming back the incredibly awesome Sax Gordon! Gordon is a highly sought out sax player and we always feel fortunate when we can get him on our dance schedule. He plays with an exuberant spirit that seems to take over the room. You will need to dance! If you have never had the opportunity to dance to Gordon and his band, be sure to check him out. You will be glad you did:-)

Uptown Swing is a monthly dance which is held at Brookline Tai Chi, conveniently located directly across from the Washington Square T stop on Beacon Street. It is a wonderful venue with an excellent wood floor for dancing. Street parking is free 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. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues. Bring your friends and introduce them to a fun night of dancing!

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Beantown Camp 2011 DVDs

Beantown Camp 2011 DVDWe are very happy to say that the Beantown DVDs are done and we are now in the process of distributing to everyone who pre-ordered. For those who selected to have theirs mailed, all have been sent out. If you selected to pick up, we will have them with us at the local dances and at the Skye and Naomi workshops.

Beantown Camp 2011 DVD information and ordering.

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

It is still possible to join our new session of Lindy Hop classes which just started last Sunday and Monday. This will be our last session of 2011!

Join Second Week of New Session Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

Lindy Hop Swing Dance ClassClasses 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 Boston Level 1 class needs leaders while both the Boston Level 2 and Newton Level 1 could use 1 or 2 more followers!

Also on Sunday in Newton, we have a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers called Rhythm Variations. This class will be excellent for anyone wanting to incorporate footwork variations into your dancing and who enjoy experimenting and playing with new possibilities.

This class needs more followers!

Please let us know if you are planning on joining any of the classes or submit an on-line registration. Thanks!

Full class details and registration.

Early Bird Price for Skye & Naomi Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend

Skye Humphies and Naomi UyamaThere is still one week left to register for the Skye and Naomi workshops at the early bird prices, expiring on Wednesday, November 2nd!

You do not need to do the full weekend as workshops are a la carte. The price is only $15 per workshop with even greater savings for 4 or more. To get this great deal, a completed registration with payment must be received by the early bird due date. Sending a check postmarked by November 2 will also qualify.

Skye and Naomi are highly sought out instructors and we are looking forward to having them back here in the Boston area. There are a variety of classes to choose from with great stuff for all levels! It is going to be an awesome weekend. All classes will be taking place in Newton Lower Falls on December 2-4.

Please note that the times for Saturday have been changed slightly from what was originally scheduled.

Complete workshop schedule and registration.

Don’t delay - register today!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony