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Racky Thomas Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Racky Thomas Band

Special Event: Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing

Highlights

  • Racky Thomas Band at 9:00pm
  • Guest DJ Javier Johnson
  • Special lesson at 8:00pm, Intro to Partnered Soul with Javier Johnson
  • Soul Competition

 

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!

Guest DJ Javier Johnson will be playing some get-up-and-dance Soul music during the band breaks as well as teaching the lesson at the start of the dance. Javi is the founding member of what is now the Hartford Underground, a Swing dance organization based in Hartford, as well as Hart & Soul, an annual dance weekend event held in September. In addition, he teaches both locally and internationally, and besides Swing, specializes in Balboa and Soul. He has a smooth, joyful, rhythmical style which is always a standout on the dance floor.

Special lesson Intro to Partnered Soul to start the evening. This class will get you grooving with the music and your partner. You’ll learn the basics of how to connect your dancing to the soul of the music. Open to all and included with admission.

Grab a partner and participate in the Soul Competition! 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!

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Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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Gordon Webster Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, November 28, 2015
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 Paul Loschak.

Admission: $22 ($18 with Student ID)

Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guest DJs: Dang Mai, Andrew Selzer, Paul Loschak

Fundraiser for the Beantown Scholarship Program

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.

Gordon Au and The Grand St. Stompers at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Gordon Au and The Grand St. Stompers

Hop to the Beat 20th Anniversary Celebration

It was 20 years ago in September when Hop to the Beat was established and offered Lindy Hop classes in Newton. Shortly after, small practices were started which eventually grew into a monthly Swing dance. Venues came and went and a few years ago we found ourselves at the beautiful KI in Brookline where Uptown Swing is now held. Classes branched out to our Boston location to be more accessible for those who live closer to our dance. Many weekend workshops were offered bringing in an incredible list of the best instructors from around the world. Beantown Camp was started in 1997 at a time when there were few opportunities that brought together dancers from different areas. We rode through the ups and downs over the years to have the biggest and most wonderful Beantown ever this year.

It has been an incredible journey and so much has happened that we never could have envisioned back when we first started. We have had some very amazing opportunities over the years, one that even took us to Taiwan and Hong Kong to perform with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Many people have come and gone, although there is still a good representation from the early days. Many friendships, a huge number of students, memorable moments, as well as our share of frustrations, challenges and a ton of work!

HTTB was started for one reason, which was to spread our love of Lindy Hop. It is still why it exists today. Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of joy, passion and Lindy love!

Aurelie & Tony

The Grand St. Stompers, called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by the New York Times, are a New York-based New Orleans-style hot jazz band, reviving and refreshing the music of the 1920s to 1940s for today’s listeners, dancers, and fans. Their leader Gordon Au, called “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by music writer Michael Steinman, is known in the Lindy scene for his fiery and rhythmic trumpet playing, found at the forefront of bands led by Jonathan Stout, Glenn Crytzer, Gordon Webster, Vince Giordano, Baby Soda and others.

Guest DJ Stan Yen.

The Hop to the Beat Dancers are reuniting for a performance, joining forces with dancers from our latest class routine for an updated version.

Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)

Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess

Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess is a NYC based traditional Jazz band that specializes in music from the 1920s-1930s. The band plays songs made popular by Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday just to name a few. Over the past few years the band has performed around the east coast and has been a regular performer for The Jazz Foundation of America and featured on The Simpsons.

Guest DJ Dang Mai.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Professor Cunningham and his Old School at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Professor Cunningham and his Old School
Professor Cunningham and his Old School

Please note the adjusted schedule!

Due to time restrictions at KI (having to do with sundown), this dance will run from 8:50pm to 12:30am.

Solomon Douglas Heptet at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Solomon Douglas Heptet
Solomon Douglas Heptet

The brand-new Solomon Douglas Heptet is a tight-swinging little band that plays music inspired by the great later swing small groups and early modernists of the late 1940s. This New York City-based group was founded in September of 2014 by Toronto-born pianist and composer Solomon Douglas, whose various bands have played at hundreds of swing dance and music festivals in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past 15 years.

Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas
Boston Tea Party Special Deal: Boston Tea Party had to move their event to fall on our dance date this year, however, they are offering a special deal to all attendees. Purchase a weekend pass to BTP and you also receive free admission to Uptown Swing! That’s two dances for the price of one on Saturday night. All you have to do is show your wristband, sign in, and dance to the fabulous Fried Bananas! In addition, BTP is offering all Uptown Swing attendees who are not attending the weekend to come to the Saturday late night for $20. BTP will be going all night so there will be plenty of time to dance the night away!

Uptown Swing is excited to welcome Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas to our March dance! Shawn first created the Fried Bananas back in his Boston days and we had some great nights dancing to them. Josh also played for us with his own previous band. Now these two have teamed up with a whole new group. They played at the last Montréal DanceFest and had the place swingin’ hard and we’ve been trying ever since to get them back to Boston!

The guest DJ for March is Paul Loschak.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)
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Beantown Swing Orchestra at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Beantown Swing Orchestra

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in the performance of vintage Swing Era and Sinatra classics as well as popular and original songs custom arranged for big band. The music of the Swing Era (late 1930s to early 1940s) was created specifically for dancing, with its characteristic and infectious Swing beat and exciting horn arrangements. Most of the BSO musicians and songwriters/arrangers are in their twenties and play with the energy and drive to keep everyone moving on the dance floor.

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Racky Thomas Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Racky Thomas Band

Special Event: Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing

Highlights

  • Racky Thomas Band at 9:00pm
  • Guest DJ Javier Johnson
  • Swing lesson at 8:15pm
  • Electric Slide
  • Afternoon workshops with Javi at Ruggles Church


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