Lindy Hop & Swing Classes: July-August 2012 Session Registration Form
Private lessons for individuals, couples and groups are available by arrangement, just contact us.
What Is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop is the original style of Swing dancing. It can be danced to all tempos of Swing music, starting with 1920s hot Jazz and smokin’ Blues, Big Band Swing and Jazz Combos of the 1940s to today, as well as Jump Blues, Boogie Woogie, ’50s Rock ’n’ Roll, R&B and even some popular contemporary tunes.
Originating in the late 1920s, Lindy Hop evolved out of the Charleston in the ballrooms of Harlem. Today it is still wildly popular among groups of dancers all over the U.S. and around the world. Lindy Hop has continued to evolve over the years, influenced by other dance styles and changes in popular music. It has become an incredibly fun, creative partner dance mixing the classic with the new. With a character all its own, Lindy Hop is hard to resist!
What Is Balboa?
Balboa is a closed position dance originally developed in the early 1930s in California. Open position moves were later added and the name Bal-Swing was coined. These days Balboa includes both pure Bal and Bal-Swing and continues to grow in popularity among dancers across the U.S. and beyond. A real plus is that since it easily mixes in with Lindy Hop, you can add it to what you already know. Balboa emphasizes footwork, has great partner connection and goes especially well with medium to very fast tempos.
I’d like to thank you both for all the efforts you’ve made to bring some rhythm to our lives. Lindy is the best and you are the best at bringing it to us. Looking forward to all the fun in the coming year.
I’d like to thank you for the great teaching and the unforgettable Beantown Camp. In my top five of best memories, three are related to Lindy Hop. Thanks for being my first Lindy Hop teachers and I hope to see you some time next year during one of my visits to Boston!
I am still so grateful for the lessons we had with you - you and Tony truly gave us the first dance we dreamed up, and that we (and our guests!) won’t soon forget! Thank you again and looking forward to seeing you soon!
A year ago, we were a young couple in (desperate) need of dance lessons for our wedding. Lucky for us, we happened on one of the monthly Uptown Swing events in Brookline, discovered Tony & Aurelie, and now we can’t get enough!
Tony & Aurelie are knowledgeable, fun teachers that deliver well-balanced lessons—always adding new moves to the mix, covering (necessary) technique, and giving personal feedback. Lindy is so much fun and we continue to have a blast learning it together (even after the wedding). We have Tony & Aurelie to thank for our new found addiction that will certainly keep us dancing (and laughing) together for years to come.
Aurelie & Tony are such wonderful Lindy Hop teachers. I absolutely love their classes. Their fantastic dedication in nurturing their students and in providing a terrific strong supportive Lindy and swing community is a total inspiration. Uptown Swing—their dynamite monthly dance in Brookline, is not to be missed! Their most incredibly phenomenal premier Beantown Lindy Hop Camp for the worldwide Lindy community is truly absolutely amazing beyond words.
So you are great dance instructors and are solely responsible for all the fun I’ve had dancing over the last 8 years, as I got better and better, so thank you for all that.
…just want to thank you for being such wonderful teachers, delightful people, and powerful advocates and supporters of the Swing dance community! It has been terrific participating in your classes; I learned so very much and enjoyed myself all the way.
Just to thank you (Tony) and Aurelie for your wonderful dance instruction…I really appreciated the teaching methods that you and Aurelie used. You broke everything down and allowed us plenty of opportunity to practice (again and again) the moves we’d just learned. Also, you were so very positive and encouraging–not to mention generous with the time you spent with me/us individually! AND, you were great not only at identifying my areas of “weakness”, but at giving very specific and concrete suggestions on how to address whatever it was that was going wrong. Incredibly helpful!