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Frankie Manning Celebration at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!

Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!

May is Frankie Month and Lindy Hoppers worldwide will be celebrating this very special man. There isn’t a better example than Frankie Manning to remind us of the joy and fun we have dancing! If you don’t know much about him, be sure to check out his bio. Of course the night would not be complete without a Shim Sham, Frankie style!

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program.

The Frankie Manning Foundation was established with Frankie’s passing to carry on his legacy. We’ve been honored to have Beantown Camp as part of the Ambassador Program, which provides scholarships to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop. Recipients are primarily selected from African-American communities throughout the USA as well as areas around the world where Lindy Hop is in a very early stage of development.

The experience is often life-changing, and it is wonderful to watch them grow as individuals and dancers and begin to help teach future generations. Starting in 2014, Beantown began collecting funds to help bring past ambassadors back to camp as many do not have the means to do so on their own. There is no charge to attend camp, however funds are needed to cover housing, meals and travel.

The dance lesson is at 8:30pm and social dancing at 9:15pm. This is a slight adjustment to the usual schedule.

  • Swing lesson: 8:30pm, included with the dance
  • Dancing: 9:15pm-12:00am
  • Shim Sham, Frankie Style!
  • Big Apple, the Frankie version of course!
  • Proceeds go to the Beantown Scholarship Program

 

Admission: $14 ($10 with Student ID)

 

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Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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Joshua Fialkoff and the Fam at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Joshua Fialkoff and the Fam
Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)

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Beantown Swing Orchestra at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Beantown Swing Orchestra

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era, all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina. Some of their favorite arrangers include Fletcher Henderson and Sy Oliver, whose work was performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmie Lunceford. With most of its musicians in their twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s.

What a special treat to have this wonderful big band back at Uptown Swing!

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Racky Thomas Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Racky Thomas Band

Special Event: Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing

Highlights

  • Racky Thomas Band at 9:00pm
  • Guest DJ Samuel Coleman
  • Special Soul dance lesson with Samuel Coleman
  • Partner Soul Dance Contest!

Racky Thomas is primarily a Blues man, although he continues to add to his repertoire, which has grown to be quite eclectic! He has a talent for blending his musicians on different occasions to come up with just the right mix for his audience. Racky loves playing for dancers and is great at keeping a Swing groove to everything played. There is plenty of inspiration for swinging out! His delivery has always been “soulful” and for this dance he’ll be reaching into his bag of tricks to add some classic Soul selections. Racky connects with his audience and his energy is infectious. His fan base keeps growing as it is always a fun night when Racky is on board!

The evening will be starting off with a special lesson with guest instructor Samuel Coleman, joining us from NYC! People all over the world, join hands, start a Love Train as Samuel takes you on a body rocking, hip shaking, hand clapping, head moving and foot stomping journey exploring socially conscious Soul music through movement. A non-partner class that is sure to uplift your spirit as well as challenge your body and mind.

Samuel will also be playing some get-up-and-dance Soul music during the band breaks.

Grab a partner and participate in the Partner Soul Dance Contest! No advanced registration and no added fee to enter. This will be a fun competition open to anyone who would like to participate. There will be prizes!

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Gordon Webster Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Gordon Webster Band

Special Event: Skye & Naomi Workshop Weekend

Special Extended Dance Time: 8:15pm-12:30am

Dance Exhibition by Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama

Gordon Webster has grown into one of the most sought after musicians in the Lindy Hop world today. All the tremendous praise he receives is well deserved. His music is exciting, exhilarating and joyful! Our annual dance during the Skye & Naomi weekend has come to be a major highlight of the year.

This is a not to be missed event!

Guest DJ Stan Yen

Frankie’s Big Apple
Brush up on your Big Apple and join in! The more the merrier.

Admission: $26 ($22 with Student ID)

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Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Kevin Lin
Paul Loschak

This month we’re taking advantage of the local DJ talent and will have an evening with two of Boston’s best, Kevin Lin and Paul Loschak!

Kevin loves swing dancing, swing music, and loves listening to the music at all waking hours of the day. He has DJ’ed at local venues around Boston such as The MIT Lindy Hop Society, Monday Night Practice, and Boston Swing Central. Some of his favorite bands include Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Chick Webb. Kevin’s goal is to keep the energy high and the dancing fun, and he firmly believes in the saying… “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!”

Paul (known as “DJ Loveschak” at some of the weekly Boston dances) has been dancing Lindy and Blues since 2009. He made his DJ debut at the MIT Lindy Hop Society in 2011, and he has been working hard to hone his craft ever since. Paul calls on the talents of the best artists from the Swing era and authentic Swing Jazz bands that are currently active today (with current favorites Chick Webb, Andy Kirk, Mezz Mezzrow, and The Boilermaker Jazz Band). Whether it’s your first night swinging out or you’re a seasoned lindy hopping pro, with Paul in the DJ booth you can expect to find exuberance, playfulness, and expression in your dancing.

Fast Dance Contest!

Grab a partner and participate in the Fast Dance Contest! No advanced registration and no added fee to enter. This will be a fun competition open to anyone who would like to participate. Be prepared for increasing tempos. There will be prizes!

Admission: $12 ($8 with Student ID)

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Professor Cunningham and His Old School at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Professor Cunningham and His Old School
Professor Cunningham and His Old School

September marks a new season of dances and the 22nd anniversary of Hop to the Beat!

Uptown Swing welcomes back the always fabulous Professor Cunningham and His Old School, performing the most swinging repertoire in the New Orleans tradition — from Sidney Bechet, to Fats Waller, to Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino! The band was formed in 2012 by our favorite Aussie bandleader and reedman, the charming and witty Adrian Cunningham, and consists of some of the most energetic and accomplished musicians on the New York scene. It’s been a regular hit, performing at some of the city’s finest speakeasy shows (Shanghai Mermaid, Gemini and Scorpio, NY Hot Jazz Festival) and regularly performing to packed houses at some of the city’s best Swing venues (Cutting Room, Swing 46, The Back Room).

Guest DJ Natalie Eringros will be featured during the band breaks.

Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)

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Frankie Manning Celebration at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!

Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!

May is Frankie Month and Lindy Hoppers worldwide will be celebrating this very special man. There isn’t a better example than Frankie Manning to remind us of the joy and fun we have dancing! If you don’t know much about him, be sure to check out his bio. Of course the night would not be complete without a Shim Sham, Frankie style!

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program.

The Frankie Manning Foundation was established with Frankie’s passing to carry on his legacy. We’ve been honored to have Beantown Camp as part of the Ambassador Program, which provides scholarships to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop. Recipients are primarily selected from African-American communities throughout the USA as well as areas around the world where Lindy Hop is in a very early stage of development.

The experience is often life-changing, and it is wonderful to watch them grow as individuals and dancers and begin to help teach future generations. Starting in 2014, Beantown began collecting funds to help bring past ambassadors back to camp as many do not have the means to do so on their own. There is no charge to attend camp, however funds are needed to cover housing, meals and travel.

Music this month will be provided by guest DJs Kevin Lin, Katie Piselli and Stan Yen! We’ll be dancing to Frankie’s favorites as well as music from the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. This means Count Basie, Chick Webb, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Erskine Hawkins, and more. You know it will be swingin’!

The dance lesson is at 8:30pm and social dancing at 9:15pm. This is a slight adjustment to the usual schedule.

  • Swing lesson: 8:30pm, included with the dance
  • Dancing: 9:15pm-12:00am
  • Special performances with Katie’s Riff Academy and Hop to the Beat
  • Shim Sham, Frankie Style!
  • Big Apple, the Frankie version of course!
  • Proceeds go to the Beantown Scholarship Program

Admission: $12 ($8 with Student ID)

Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones
Brennen Ernst

Brennen Ernst & The Roaming Tones are a Jazz band based in Philadelphia, PA, playing music from the ’30s and ’40s with a supremely danceable rhythm. Bandleader Brennen Ernst, originally inspired by swing guitar luminaries such as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, has been gaining recognition as one of the hardest swinging guitarists on the scene today. He was the guitarist in Solomon Douglas’ band for the last 2 years when they played at Uptown Swing. With Solomon off working for an Australian cruise line, we are looking forward to having Brennen back with his own band to play for us this year!

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 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!) It’s important that we respect KI’s restrictions and very much appreciate everyone’s cooperation so that we may have our dance this month. Thanks!

There is a small change to the usual dance schedule for April. The lesson will start at 8:30pm and dancing at 9:10pm.

Guest DJ this month is Stan Yen.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)