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.

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)
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)
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)
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Joshua Fialkoff and the Fam
Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)
Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)
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)