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Uptown Swing in April

Solomon DouglasThe next Uptown Swing dance will be on Saturday, April 18 with the Solomon Douglas Heptet.  Solomon keeps a busy schedule playing at dances and events around the country and it will be a special treat to have him here right in our own backyard!

Joining us this month are dancers attending the Second Rate Swing Exchange, although they promise to behave themselves and act first rate:-) Our friends from Providence Swings will also be in the house along with a bunch of their students. Yeah visitors!

KI is one of the best venues for dancing in New England with its spacious smooth wood floor, wonderful room and excellent location. It has it all! Top that off with the fabulous Solomon Douglas this month, fun and friendly dancers, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an awesome night of Swing!

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Uptown Swing this Saturday

Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried BananasCome on out to Uptown Swing this Saturday with the fabulous Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas! Shawn first created the Fried Bananas back in his Boston days and we had some great nights dancing to them. Josh also played for us with his own previous band. Now these two have teamed up with a whole new group. They played at the last Montréal DanceFest and had the place swingin’ hard and we’ve been trying ever since to get them back to Boston!

In addition to the Fried Bananas, Paul Loschak will be our guest DJ for the band breaks. It is going to be an excellent night of dancing!


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 (entrance on Williams Street). For those taking the T, it is close to both Coolidge Corner and Harvard Ave stops on the Green Line. If you want to come early for dinner or a drink, there are plenty of places nearby. Parking is free after 8:00pm (some areas after 6:00pm) and there is usually plenty of street parking and several town lots in the vicinity.

Buy Tickets NowBeginners welcome, no partner needed
Location: KI (Congregation Kehillath Israel), 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446; entrance on Williams Street
Band: Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas
Guest DJ: Paul Loschak
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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Boston Tea Party this Weekend

The Boston Tea PartyChampion level instruction with 80 workshops. West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Balboa. Over 1400 attendees. Live music with the White Heat Swing Orchestra and Eight to the Bar, plus some of the country’s top DJs. Three separate ballrooms and all-night social dancing. All that and more!

Where is this all happening? Right here in Newton, MA, March 19-22! This is going to be one big dance party!


Deal 1: Purchase a weekend pass to BTP and you also receive FREE admission to Uptown Swing! That’s a 2 for 1 deal on Saturday night. All you have to do is show your wristband, sign in, and dance to the fabulous Fried Bananas! BTP has arranged to have their Saturday night band play from midnight to 3:00am so as not to overlap and there will be plenty of time to dance the night away.

Deal 2: Uptown Swing attendees who are not registered for BTP get half off the evening rate in the downstairs ballroom, which opens right after the comps. Eight to the Bar plays from midnight to 3:00am and dancing continues until 5:00am or whenever the last few couples collapse, whichever comes first! It will be after hours and registration will be closed. Please bring $20 exact change, if possible, to help door security volunteers.

Boston Tea Party information.

The Dirty Dozen Weekend Junior

The Dirty Dozen WeekendProvidence Swings is back with a new edition of The Dirty Dozen Weekend - Junior Style, April 24-25. Saturday workshops with two of our favorite Canadians, Jonathan Caron & Lunou Samson Poirot. Two nights of live music with Sarah Sullivan & The New Old Fashioneds from Baltimore. One epic mash-up Jack & Jill competition. Always a super fun weekend!

Register by March 20 for early registration prices!

Dirty Dozen Weekend information.

Next HTTB Class Session

Hop to the Beat ClassOur next class session will be 5 weeks instead of the usual 6 (due to snow cancellations messing up the schedule) and will be starting on Sunday, March 8 at the Lower Falls Community Center in Newton and Monday, March 9 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston (on Beacon Street near Kenmore Square). There are classes for all levels, no partner required as classes will rotate.

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    Appropriate for anyone starting out as well as those with some experience who are working on building a solid foundation of dance skills. Includes six count basics, an intro to eight count basics, along with a variety of fun steps to build your repertoire and get you out on the dance floor! Meets in both locations.
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
    For more intermediate level Swing dancers, some prior Lindy Hop experience is helpful. 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. Meets in Newton only.
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine
    This routine class will have 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 class. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers and does not require a partner. Meets in both locations.

    Part 2 of this class will continue in the following session in Boston only. The focus will be on performance, teamwork, formation and practice. Besides having taken the first class, it will require an audition and 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.

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Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing this Saturday

Rack Thomas BandCome on out this Saturday, February 21 to Uptown Swing’s special Swing & Soul Dance, featuring the Racky Thomas Band! Racky loves playing for dancers and is great at keeping a Swing groove to everything played. 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.

Guest DJ Javier Johnson will be playing some get-up-and-dance Soul music during the band breaks. Javi is a founding member of the Hartford Underground as well as Hart & Soul, an annual dance weekend event which debuted in September 2013. In addition, he teaches both locally and internationally, and dances with a smooth, joyful, rhythmical style which is always a standout on the dance floor.

The atmosphere at Uptown Swing is fun and friendly and beginners are very welcome! KI is a beautiful large venue with a smooth wood floor and a convenient location on Harvard Street in Brookline (entrance on Williams Street).

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Swing & Soul Workshops with Javier Johnson

Swing and Soul DanceJavier Johnson will be coming to Boston this Saturday, February 21 for our Swing & Soul event, and in addition to the dance at Uptown Swing, he’ll be teaching 2 workshops on Saturday afternoon. This will be the perfect way to get into your soul groove! Workshops will be held at Ruggles Baptist Church on Beacon Street in Boston, not far from the dance location.

  • A. 3:15-4:15pm Diggin’ on James Brown
  • B. 4:30-5:30pm Awesome Sauce

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Workshop details and registration.

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Next HTTB Class Sessions

Lindy Hop/Swing ClassesSnow cancellations have not only effected our current session, but will have an impact on scheduling through the spring. Our usual 6 week sessions will each be 5 weeks instead. The first one will be starting on Sunday, March 8 at the Lower Falls Community Center in Newton and Monday, March 9 at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston (on Beacon Street near Kenmore Square). There are classes for all levels, no partner required as classes will rotate.

Spring Session One (5 weeks)

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    Newton & Boston
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine
    Newton & Boston

Spring Session Two (5 weeks)

  • Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1
    Newton & Boston
  • Lindy Hop Level 2
  • Creating New Moves
  • Lindy Hop/Jazz Routine, Part 2 

The first spring session is open for registration!

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

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Kind of a Big Deal this Weekend

Gordon WebsterBSC’s Kind of a Big Deal weekend is here! There are workshops with Andy & Nina and Mike & Casey. Check the website to see what’s available.

What’s better than 1 night of dancing to Gordon Webster? Well 2 of course! Be sure to check the venue information for each event.

Adding to the fun will be out-of-town visitors and some J&J competitions. Should be a fantastic weekend of classes and dances!

Kind of a Big Deal weekend information

Tickets on Sale for the Ctrl+Alt+Dance Movie Premiere Event on March 12

Ctrl+Alt+Dance MovieThis film was made by Swing dancers for Swing dancers and features acting and dancing by Lindy champions Dax Hock and Sarah Breck, choreography by Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg, and killer tracks by Carsie Blanton, the Low Down Sires, and Caravan Palace!

Find out more about the film and check out the trailer.

There is a one-night-only premiere event planned around the world to be held on Thursday, March 12. This may be our only chance to see the film in theaters. To be sure we get a Boston showing, we must purchase enough tickets by February 15. In addition, a percentage of ticket sales will go towards supporting Swing dancing right here in Boston!

Let’s be sure we get a Boston showing! Plus support our local scene! Any funds raised for Hop to the Beat will go to the Beantown Scholarship Donation to help past Frankie Ambassadors return to camp this year.

Beantown Scholarship Donation information.

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