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Dancing This Weekend

Frankie Manning leading Shim Sham at the Hop to the Beat Dance, Cambridge Friends School, February 2005
Frankie Manning leading Shim Sham at the Hop to the Beat Dance, Cambridge Friends School, February 2005

A reminder to HTTB students, we do not have classes this Sunday and Monday, however, there is still plenty of dancing available this weekend for everyone.

Not only is this a holiday weekend, this Saturday, May 26 marks what would have been Frankie Manning’s 98th birthday. It is hard to believe that 3 years have passed since we lost this most special person. The dances planned for this weekend will be celebrating his life and wonderful spirit.

This Friday at Boston Swing Central we’ll be teaching the Shim Sham at the pre-dance lesson. Later that evening we’ll all dance the Shim Sham in our best Frankie Manning tradition! Music for the evening will be provided by special guest DJ Gina Helfrich, featuring many of Frankie’s favorites. Check BSC site for all the details.

On Saturday night Blues Café will be hosting the Boilermaker Jazz Band, one of the most popular bands out on the national scene making a rare New England appearance! Here will be your second chance to learn the Shim Sham, this time with Abby Cohen, plus there will be a 2nd chance to dance another Shim Sham for Frankie! Check BC site for all the details.

Toni Lynn Washington Band at Uptown Swing this Saturday

Lindy Chorus, Uptown Swing Dance, Brookline MACome on out to Uptown Swing this Saturday, May 19 for a fun night of dancing with the Toni Lynn Washington Band! Toni is Boston’s own Queen of Swing and she knows how to keep our happy feet moving all night. The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues.

Check out the HTTB class performance of the Lindy Chorus at our last dance, our tribute to the most wonderful Frankie Manning!

Uptown Swing is held at Brookline Tai Chi, which is our fabulous venue conveniently located directly across from the Washington Square T stop on Beacon Street. There’s AC, a fabulous floor for dancing, plus free street parking after 8:00pm. Beginners are very welcome and there is a lesson included at the beginning of the evening to get everyone started. You do not need to have a partner to attend. Bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing!

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
  • Band: Toni Lynn Washington Band
  • Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)

Uptown Swing Dance information.

BSDN 25th Anniversary Dance

Dom V and the Swingout Big BandThe place to be this Saturday night is in Watertown at the BSDN 25th Anniversary Dance! Music will be provided by Dom V & the Swingout Big Band, a true big band! We hope to see all of the Boston Swing community come together and show Roger Weiss our appreciation for continuing to bring us live music for our dancing pleasure year after year! Twenty five years is something to celebrate.

Special this month will be cake and ice cream, door prizes and more!

Boston Swing Dance Network dance information.

Toni Lynn Washington Band coming to Uptown Swing on May 19

Toni Lynn WashingtonOur next monthly Uptown Swing dance is coming up in Brookline on Saturday, May 19 featuring the Toni Lynn Washington Band, a guaranteed fun time! Toni is Boston’s own Queen of Swing and she knows how to keep our happy feet moving all night. The music will be great for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues. This will be an excellent night to bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing! The pre-dance lesson is included.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Racky Thomas at Uptown Swing this Saturday

The Racky Thomas BandCome on out to Uptown Swing this Saturday, April 28 for a fun night of dancing with the Racky Thomas Band! The music will be excellent for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues.

Uptown Swing is held at Brookline Tai Chi, which is our wonderful venue conveniently located directly across from the Washington Square T stop on Beacon Street. There’s AC, a fabulous floor for dancing, plus free street parking after 8:00pm. Beginners are very welcome and there is a lesson included at the beginning of the evening to get everyone started. You do not need to have a partner to attend. Bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing!

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Special this month: Class performance of the Lindy Chorus, a tribute to Frankie Manning!
  • Location: Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
  • Band: Racky Thomas Band
  • Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Join Second Week of New Session Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

Lindy Hop/Swing DancingAs always, it is still possible to join our new session of classes in the second week. This is our last session before Beantown Camp! Classes for this session include Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2. These classes are offered both on Sunday evenings at the Newton Lower Falls Community Center and on Monday evenings at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston.

The Level 1 classes do need leaders, especially the Sunday Newton class! The Level 2 classes are close to even and there is room to join.

Also on Sunday in Newton we are teaching Jazzing up your Lindy Hop, a fun class focusing on adding Jazz steps to partner dancing. This class is close to even.

Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation.

Full details and registration.

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes Start This Week

Lindy Hop/Swing ClassesOur new 6 week session starts this Sunday, April 22 at the Newton Lower Falls Community Center in Newton and this Monday, April 23 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston near Fenway Park. You do not need to attend with a partner for any of the classes. Here is what’s coming up:

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop: This class is for brand new dancers, those with some experience, and continuing students who would like to build a stronger foundation and gain more confidence on the dance floor. Six count basics are covered along with a different selection of fun steps each session. There are 7 different sessions at this level, which can be taken in any order, providing the opportunity to develop a good base for social dancing while continuing to learn new steps. If you have any friends who have been wanting to get started, please send them along! This class meets in both Newton and Boston.
  • Lindy Hop Level 2: This class is aimed at intermediate level Swing dancers who can already comfortably social dance any style of triple-step Swing. It is not necessary to already know Lindy Hop to get started. The class focuses on core moves, including a mix of 8 and 6 count basics, emphasizing technique and lead-follow connection. There are 8 different sessions at this level which continually change over time and can be taken in any order. Each session includes a mix of classic Charleston moves and newer variations. This class meets in Newton and Boston.
  • Jazzing up your Lindy Hop: This is a new class aimed at more experienced Lindy Hop dancers and meets in the Newton location only. There are a lot of fun Jazz steps which are great to dance solo which also incorporate nicely into our partner dancing. Jazz steps are an excellent way to work on varying the rhythm, musicality, as well as adding some new variety into your dancing. If you like to play with footwork, whether in a partner move or when you have a little space for your own individuality, this will be a great class for you!

If you are planning to attend any of these classes and have not already done so, it is very helpful if you would submit an on-line registration to speed up check-in. You can pay in advance through PayPal or at the first class by cash, check or credit card. Thanks!
   
Free parking available in both locations as well as near public transportation.

Full details and registration.

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes starting April 22 & 23

Swing Dance ClassNew classes will be starting on Sunday, April 22 in Newton and Monday, April 23 in Boston. This will be our last class session before the summer and our last Newton class session until the fall!

  • Both locations include a class in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1, appropriate for brand new dancers, those with some previous experience and continuing students. If you would like to work on building a solid foundation of dance skills, this will be an ideal class. Six count basics will be covered along with a variety of fun steps to build your repertoire and get you out on the dance floor!
  • Lindy Hop Level 2 is also offered in both locations. This class is aimed at more intermediate level Swing dancers and no prior Lindy Hop experience is required to get started. Eight and six count basics will be mixed along with a variety of classic Lindy Hop, newer variations, and a focus on partnering, technique and style. There are 7 or 8 different sessions at this level for those wanting to continue building a Lindy Hop repertoire as well as improving both individual and partnering skills.
  • Also on Sundays we have a new class on Jazzing up your Lindy Hop. There are a lot of fun Jazz steps which are great to dance solo which also incorporate nicely into our partner dancing. Jazz steps are an excellent way to work on varying the rhythm, musicality, as well as adding some new variety into your dancing. If you like to play with footwork, whether in a partner move or when you have a little space for your own individuality, this will be a great class for you! Join us for this fun and challenging class. This class is aimed at intermediate to higher up Lindy Hop dancers and no partner is required.

We are always striving to bring new people into the dance community and classes are a great first step. Most of our new students come from recommendations and we really appreciate all of your help to keep our community growing and thriving! If you have any friends interested in getting into dancing, please pass on the info!

Registration is open. Check the website for more information.

Racky Thomas Band at next Uptown Swing on April 28

The Racky Thomas Band

Our next monthly Uptown Swing dance is coming up in Brookline on Saturday, April 28 featuring the Racky Thomas Band, always bringing a high energy, make-you-want-to-dance experience! The music will be great for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and even some Blues. Also this month we have a Hop to the Beat class performance of The Lindy Chorus in honor of the one and only Frankie Manning. This will be an excellent night to bring your friends and introduce them to the joy of dancing! The pre-dance lesson is included.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

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