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We often find ourselves reflecting on the past year as it draws to an end. This one has been kind of a rollercoaster for us with some big ups and downs along the way.

We had a truly amazing Beantown Camp this summer. It was more work than ever putting it together, which is really a reflection on the way of the dance world these days. Many events for people to attend and lots of attention needs to be devoted to marketing. Beantown has had many great years, and we always wonder how we can possibly top them, yet this year may have just been the best ever! There was a huge diversity of people attending from all over the country and beyond as well as an outstanding staff of instructors and musicians, and it all merged together into a week full of joy, laughter and a ton of fun! We owe so much to everyone who participated and contributed to making it such a positive, wonderful event.

Hop to the Beat hit an incredible milestone this year with our 15th anniversary. It is quite amazing when we think about that. It all started because we had seen this dance called the Lindy Hop and we just wanted everyone to do it! It seemed the only way to help make that happen was to teach, so we gave it a try. We added small practices which eventually led into what is now Uptown Swing. Along the way we brought in international instructors and eventually started Beantown Camp. It literally just evolved, we along with it, and it continues to be a full time endeavor.

Awesome Uptown Swing dance to close out the year! Sax Gordon and his band delivered a fun, energy filled evening, just as promised! Gordon always surprises us with the range of styles, even some hints of Gypsy Swing thrown into the mix. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we appreciate those who dressed up and added to the festive atmosphere. Just for the record, I (Aurelie, not Tony) wore a skirt at least twice this summer to dances, including one of ours, so it does happen! I didn’t realize it would be such an event:-)

Please join us for the Uptown Swing Holiday Party on Saturday, December 18 at Brookline Tai Chi. This will be our last event of 2010 and we want to make it a special one! This month’s dance features the always fab Sax Gordon Band. If you have never seen Gordon in action, you need to come check him out! He has a way of igniting the room with his power, energy and sheer joy, along with his special touch of creativity and charm.

The atmosphere will be fun and festive. Dressing up is encouraged! Holiday treats available!

Sorry to be late with our message as we’ve both had colds all week. We did want to be sure and thank everyone who joined us from near and far for the Skye & Naomi weekend. There were dancers from 8 states represented at the workshops. We said it would be awesome and awesome it was! Many positive comments on the classes and Skye and Naomi provided plenty of inspiration.

Uptown Swing dance on Saturday night was off the chart! It didn’t quite make record attendance, but it had to be the record holder for most fun ever! The energy and atmosphere in the room was fantastic from beginning to end and we were so pleased to see such a wide diversity of dancers all having a great time together. Gordon Webster and his band were on fire! Naomi was phenomenal on vocals. So many people told us that it was one of the best dances ever:-)

To check out pictures from the workshops and dance:…

The Skye and Naomi weekend is almost here and it is going to be awesome! 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

Join us this Saturday, November 27 for our monthly Uptown Swing Dance. This month we are thrilled to have back the very fabulous Gordon Webster with his band, including 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.

Last chance for discount prices for the Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama workshops on November 26-28, expiring this Wednesday, November 17! It will be possible to register after that date as long as space is available. Leaders are especially needed for most of the classes. For workshop details and registration:

If you have not yet registered for the Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama workshops on November 26-28, now is the time to do so! It is still possible to get the discount rate, which expires on Wednesday, November 17. It will be possible to register after that date as long as space is available. For workshop details and registration:

Thanks to Zac Wine, we have a great collection of new photos from our October Uptown Swing Dance featuring the Toni Lynn Washington Band. Check them out here:

Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama Workshop Weekend

Only 3 more weeks until the Skye and Naomi weekend, November 26-28. So far there are dancers coming from 6 states. There is still time to register at discounted prices by November 17. Classes are included for all levels covering a variety of topics such as fundamentals, partnering, footwork, solo Jazz, slow dancing, as well as rhythm. All good stuff! For those looking for an extra challenge there is a partner routine class.

Saturday night, November 27 will be our next monthly Uptown Swing Dance in Brookline featuring the very fabulous Gordon Webster. For some special treats, Naomi will be singing with the band, Skye and Naomi will perform and the dance has been extended until 12:30am!

Be prepared for an awesome weekend!

For workshop details and registration:

The next 3 week Hip Hop session in Providence with David Liberge starts this Thursday, November 4. This will be the last Hip Hop session for 2010! Hip Hop is fun for learning some cool moves and working on rhythm and body movement. Plus a great opportunity to get some exercise, move your body and gain confidence. Each 3 week session is different, appropriate for all levels, and no prior experience is needed. These are adult classes but teens are welcome to attend.

* Perishable Theatre (Groundwerx, 3rd Fl), 93 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903 Thursday Evenings (3 week sessions), 7:15-8:30pm November Session: November 4, 11, 18

Cost per person: Any one Regular Session (each session covers 3 weeks of lessons)…$40

Full information, on-line registration and directions are available at:

  • Whole Shebang: Thursday, June 23–Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Week: Friday, June 24–Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Extended Weekend: Friday, June 24–Monday, June 27, 2011
  • Weekend: Friday, June 24–Sunday, June 26, 2011

Check the Beantown Camp site for more information and get on the mailing list to be notified when details are available.