Bringing Lindy Hop to New England since 1995!

Uptown Swing Dance

Boston’s Home of Happy Feet!

Lindy Hop • Swing • Balboa

If you like dancing to awesome music, meeting new people, and having fun, come on out to the monthly Uptown Swing dance! Singles, couples, groups, plus all levels are very welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. A Swing/Lindy Hop lesson is included to start the evening. KI is a beautiful spacious venue conveniently located a few blocks from Coolidge Corner.

Frankie Manning Celebration

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!
Kevin Lin
Marta Pedrero

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!

Profits from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Ambassador 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.

From the Frankie Manning Foundation:

Frankie Manning had a long association with Beantown Camp. He would be so pleased to see the amazing job that Beantown has done in creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for African American Lindy Hoppers. No camp has done more to increase African American participation and inclusion in the world swing dance community.

Music this month will be provided by guest DJs Kevin Lin and Marta Pedrero! 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’!

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!”

Marta has been Djing weekly for the last 5 years in her local scene in Barcelona, as well as in international events such as Swim Out Costa Brava and Boston Tea Party. Music is so important when it comes to Lindy Hop; paying attention to the dancers, understanding their mood and generating a good environment are things that Marta ensures while she DJs. If you enjoy dancing to Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald do not miss it because they are always on her list!

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
  • Performance with Hop to the Beat!
  • Shim Sham, Frankie Style!
  • Big Apple, the Frankie version of course!
  • Frankie Doo!
  • All profits go to the Beantown Ambassador Program

 

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Uptown Swing Dance

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