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First Lindy Hop/Swing Classes in 2016!

Hop to the Beat classHave you been telling yourself that you want to finally take a dance class? Have you been away for awhile and feeling you want to get back out? Now is the perfect time! A new year, a new start. Our first 6 week session of 2016 begins on Sunday, January 10 in Newton Lower Falls and Monday, January 11 in Boston. Classes are relaxed, good exercise and a fun opportunity to meet people.

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    The place to start for those brand new to Swing dancing! Also ideal if you have some experience and are working on developing a solid foundation of dance skills while building a repertoire of fun moves. 6 count basics plus an intro to 8 count will be covered along with a different selection of steps each session. The 7 different sessions at this level are designed to provide a good base for social dancing. Okay to start with any session. Students are recommended to stay at this level long enough to feel very comfortable with what’s taught before moving to Level 2. Discount after 2 full sessions. No experience required.
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
    This level is for refining the core moves of Lindy Hop and in each session there will be some time devoted to the finer points as well as adding variations to the basics. Emphasis is on technique, partner connection, musicality and building skills. The 8 different sessions continually evolve over time with each one focusing on a different theme (such as stretch, flow and rhythm). Sessions can be taken in any order. Each one has a mix of the classic (including Charleston) along with newer variations, all with a touch of style and flash! Discount after 2 full sessions. Some previous Lindy Hop experience is required. Meets in Newton only this session.
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine
    This uptempo routine will include a mix of partner and solo dancing. The focus while learning the steps will be on rhythm and musicality. Learning choreography is fun, challenging and a great way to work on your dancing! An interest in performing is not needed to take this session. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers. A partner is not required, however, for those interested in continuing, it would be helpful to join with a partner. Meets in both locations.

    Part 2 of this class will continue in the following session. The focus will be on performance, teamwork, formation and practice. Besides haven taken Part 1, it will be by invitation and require a partner.

Singles and couples welcome. No partner necessary. Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available. Missed classes may be made up at the alternate location when the same class meets.

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Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing

Swing & Soul DanceOn Saturday, January 16, Uptown Swing will be hosting a special Swing & Soul Dance at KI in Brookline. The dance will feature the fabulous Racky Thomas Band and guest DJ Javier Johnson, bringing a great mix of fun get-up-and-dance music.

There’s more! Included with dance admission, a special Intro to Partnered Soul lesson with Javi Johnson and a Soul Competition (with prizes)!

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Winter/Spring Schedule for Uptown Swing

Uptown Swing DanceUptown Swing is ready to take on a new year! We have an exciting line up of bands confirmed with something special each month.

  • January 16, Swing & Soul Dance, Racky Thomas Band
    Lesson with Javier Johnson, Soul Competition
  • February 20, Beantown Swing Orchestra
  • March 19, Uptown Swing Moves to the Boston Tea Party, Boilermaker Jazz Band
  • April 2, Solomon Douglas Heptet
    2nd Second Rate Lindy Exchange
  • May 21, Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas
    Frankie Manning Celebration

Full Uptown Swing details,

2015 Year End Message

2015 is just about over and what a year it was! Some of our most wonderful highlights contrasted with some of our biggest challenges.

Of course there was the snow! For the first time ever we had to cancel a class session. Four cancelled Mondays in a row beat our previous record of one. We decided at that point to give up and try again with the new session. It was a longer wait than usual and very welcome when spring finally arrived.

Snow in BostonSnow in Boston

May brought us one of our worst experiences when we almost lost Beantown about a month prior to opening day. The main issues had to do with some new insurance requirements that we were having an impossible time fulfilling. Thankfully we managed to squeak by under the deadline as we couldn’t imagine the alternative. It was a horrible experience which completely took us by surprise.

Despite any issues, Beantown managed to be the most wonderful ever. It was the best attended, however, it was the amazing week that reminded us why we do it every year. So much joy, so much love! We couldn’t be more grateful to every single person who attended and contributed to a most spectacular camp.

After a stressful summer wondering if we’d be back at Endicott, we were incredibly relieved in the fall to get a positive outcome. There are some new parameters to follow, but any cons are far outweighed by the positives. We are grateful to have such a beautiful venue which has contributed much to what Beantown has become.

September marked the 20th anniversary of Hop to the Beat, which was highlighted by an excellent Uptown Swing celebration. We enjoyed the most awesome jam ever and were particularly excited to reunite the Hop to the Beat Dancers. Mostly we were reminded of how grateful we are to have made so many friends and met so many fantastic people, all coming together through this fabulous dance that we love so much.

Uptown Swing Dance November 2015 photo albumUptown Swing Dance November 2015 photo album
Also available on Facebook

The year once again closed out with another awesome Skye-Naomi-Gordon weekend. We couldn’t have ended our dance year on a higher note, full of friends, fun, inspiration, spirit and sheer bliss!

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Workshops 2015 photo albumSkye Humphries & Naomi Uyama Workshops 2015 photo album
Also available on Facebook

Now it’s time to look forward to the new year!

Wishing you much joy and happiness in the new year.

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

Skye & Naomi Lindy Hop Weekend: Last Week for Discount Prices!

Skye & Naomi
Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama performing at Uptown Swing Dance at Boston Tai Chi with the Gordon Webster Band (12/13/2011)

The Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama workshops are coming soon on November 27-29! This is the last week to register at discount prices, expiring Wednesday, November 18!

It will be possible to register after November 18 and at the door at full prices, space permitting.

Workshops will be held at Lower Falls Community Center in Newton. The most beginner classes are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Prior Lindy Hop experience is needed for the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon classes (except for the Solo Jazz which is open to all levels). There will be something for everyone and a variety of topics covered including fundamentals, variations, rhythm, footwork, solo Jazz and Charleston.

Balances are currently fairly good for all classes.

For those really looking for a challenge, you will enjoy the partner routine class to end the afternoon on Sunday. If you don’t have a partner, you may be able to find one at the workshops.

Skye and Naomi are two of the must popular instructors on the scene today and they are looking forward to being back in Boston!

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Uptown Swing November 28 with the Gordon Webster Band!

Gordon Webster BandThe Skye & Naomi weekend also brings us another fantastic Uptown Swing Dance with the always amazing Gordon Webster Band. In addition, Skye & Naomi will be treating us to a performance. Be prepared to have an awesome night!

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and beginners are very welcome! KI is a beautiful large space with a smooth wood floor and a convenient location on Harvard Street in Brookline near Coolidge Corner.

Bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing!

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Uptown Swing Dance information and directions.


New HTTB Classes on Sundays and Mondays

Hop to the Beat ClassThe fall lineup for new classes is set! Classes will be starting on Monday, September 14 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston on Beacon Street, not far from Kenmore Square. Due to some scheduling conflicts, Sunday classes will be starting on October 4 at the Lower Falls Community Center in Newton.

There are classes for all levels, no partner required as classes will rotate. The Level 1 and Level 2 classes each have 7-8 different sessions and are designed to be taken multiple times covering new topics with each one. It is okay to start with any session.

Monday Fall Session One (6 weeks)

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
  • Lindy Hop Level 2

Monday Fall Session Two (6 weeks)

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
  • Shagamania
    Collegiate Shag and St. Louis Shag

Sunday Fall Session (6 weeks)

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
  • Exploring the Possibilities

The first Monday fall session and Sunday session are now up and open for registration.

Free parking available as well as near public transportation. Singles and couples welcome.

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HTTB 20th Anniversary Celebration at Uptown Swing

Gordon Au and The Grand St. StompersThis September marks the 20th anniversary of Hop to the Beat and we’ll be celebrating at the next Uptown Swing dance on Saturday, September 19. We are exciting to have Gordon Au and The Grand St. Stompers from NYC joining us for their first appearance at Uptown Swing! We’ve wanted to have them at our dance for ages and finally have just the occasion to make it happen.

Plus we’re reuniting the Hop to the Beat Dancers. We did all kinds of performances and gigs together which provided some really fun as well as “interesting” experiences:-) Our HTTB performance will be an updated version of our latest class routine from the spring combining us all into one big happy group.

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

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Skye & Naomi Weekend

Skye & Naomi
Syke Humphries & Naomi Uyama performing at Uptown Swing Dance with Gordon Webster (11/29/2014)

Information is now up and registration is open for the Skye & Naomi weekend, November 27-29. This is the 8th time with this dynamic duo along with the always amazing Gordon Webster featured at Saturday’s Uptown Swing Dance. Every time this weekend somehow just gets better and better and is surely one of the best highlights of the year!

There is a full schedule of Lindy Hop workshops with classes for all levels. All classes will be held at the Newton Lower Falls location.

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Check out the special FULL PACKAGE early bird discount available through September 23! If you register by August 26 (for all registration options), you can take advantage of a 4 part installment plan to make your payments online.

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Summer Class Session

Hop to the Beat ClassAfter Beantown we will have one 6 week session of classes for the summer. Information and registration is up on the website. As usual for the summer, there will be no Sunday classes. Mondays will be continuing in Boston at Ruggles Church near Fenway Park. Sundays in Newton will resume in September.

The summer classes will be starting on Monday, July 6 and include Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2.

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