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Toni Lynn Washington Band at Uptown Swing this Saturday

Toni Lynn WashingtonThis Saturday, October 19, Uptown Swing welcomes back Boston’s own Queen of Swing, Toni Lynn Washington!

Toni started her career as a Jazz singer when she was a young girl. Her Mom took her to clubs in Boston and she would get up and sing with the band. Eventually she added Blues and over the years she has been nominated for multiple W. C. Handy Awards, widely regarded as the highest honors for Blues artists in the U.S. We’re very fortunate here in Boston to have such a wonderful talent to keep our happy feet dancing all night.

Uptown Swing is held at KI, which is a beautiful venue conveniently located on Harvard Street near Coolidge Corner in Brookline. There’s AC, a fabulous large floor for dancing, plus nearby town lots and 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: KI, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (Entrance on Williams Street!)
  • Band: Toni Lynn Washington Band
  • Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)  
  • Parking: Town lots and street parking available. Some free after 6:00pm, others free after 8:00pm.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

New Session Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

Swing Dance ClassNew Sunday classes start on October 27 at the Newton Lower Falls Community Center. Due to schedule conflicts this fall, the Sunday session will be only 4 weeks.

New Monday classes start on October 28 in Boston at Ruggles Baptist Church for a 6 week session. This great location is on Beacon Street right at the Brookline border.

Classes for this session include a new 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. 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!

Also this session is a new Lindy Hop Level 2. This class is for more intermediate level Swing dancers, although no prior Lindy Hop experience is required to join. 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.

For Sundays only, there is a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: “Stops” Routine/Fast Dancing. The “Stops” routine is a classic, known by Lindy Hoppers around the world. It was originally created when Frankie Manning took a series of “freezes” he had danced and realized they could be done with any song. The rest is history! After learning this fun routine, the class will focus on doing it faster and with Lindy Hop styling. It will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun!

If you have friends interested in dancing, lessons are a great way to get started. Please pass on the info!

If you are planning to take class, please submit your registration.

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration. 

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration.

Skye & Naomi Early Bird Prices - 2 More Weeks

Skye and NaomiThGet your early bird prices for the Skye & Naomi weekend! You have only two more weeks to register at the cheapest prices, so do it now!

Skye, Naomi and the equally fabulous Gordon Webster will be returning November 29-December 1 for their 6th annual weekend of fabulous classes, music and fun!

There is a full schedule of workshops with classes for all levels. All classes will be held at the Newton Lower Falls location. Saturday’s Uptown Swing Dance will be at KI in Brookline.

The early bird discount date is October 30. If you register by October 28, you can also take advantage of a 2 part installment plan to make your payments online.

If you are planning to attend, please respond on the Skye & Naomi Facebook Event page. Thanks!

Check the website for all details and registration.

Check the website for all details and registration.

New Lindy Hop Swing Class Session

Swing Dance ClassHappy October and another beautiful week of weather in the forecast. It makes the end of summer not so hard to take.

As fall marches on, it is exciting that there are so many wonderful dance opportunities to look forward to!

New classes are now up. It doesn’t seem possible, but this will be the last session of 2013!

New classes in Beginner Swing/Intro to Lindy Hop Level 1 and Lindy Hop Level 2 are scheduled in Newton Lower Falls starting Sunday evenings on October 27 and in Boston, Monday evenings on October 28.

Also coming up, is a new class for intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers: “Stops” Routine/Fast Dancing. The “Stops” routine is a classic, known by Lindy Hoppers around the world. It was originally created when Frankie Manning took a series of “freezes” he had danced and realized they could be done with any song. The rest is history! After learning this fun routine, the class will focus on doing it faster and with Lindy Hop styling. It will be challenging, energetic and of course a ton of fun! It meets on Sundays in Newton.

Due to schedule conflicts this fall, the Sunday session will be only 4 weeks. (Mondays will be the usual 6 weeks.)

Both locations are conveniently accessible by car or T with free parking available. It will be possible to make up missed classes at the alternate location and it has been great to see students taking advantage of that.

Registration is open - Complete class information and registration.

Toni Lynn Washington at Uptown Swing Dance

Toni Lynn WashingtonThe next monthly Uptown Swing Dance is coming up on Saturday, October 19 featuring the Toni Lynn Washington Band. Uptown Swing will be back at KI! This place is gorgeous with an excellent huge dance floor, conveniently located near Coolidge Corner in Brookline.

Beginners are very welcome and you do not need to have a partner. The music will be great for Lindy Hop, Swing and Balboa. An excellent night to bring your friends for a fun night of dancing!

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Skye & Naomi Workshop Weekend

Skye and NaomiThe Skye & Naomi weekend is coming up November 29 to December 1. This is the 6th time with this dynamic duo as every time it has been such an excellent weekend that it is a must do for another year! Seriously, their classes are fabulous! Inspiring and challenging while taught in a relaxed and fun spirit. You will love them! As if that isn’t enough, Uptown Swing will feature the return to Boston of the most fabulous Gordon Webster Band with Naomi on vocals. Something to look forward to for this Thanksgiving weekend!

There is a full schedule of workshops with classes for all levels held in Newton Lower Falls. The early bird discount date is October 30. If you register soon, you can even take advantage of a 2 part installment plan to make your payments online.

Check the website for all details and registration.

Montréal Dance Fest

Montréal Dnce FestDowntown Montréal will be invaded by dancers for Montréal Dance Fest on October 10-14. The weekend features classes and competitions in WCS, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues. This holiday weekend celebrates both Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. Festivities include a Thanksgiving Dinner and Show.

This will be our first time attending and we’ll be helping out on the staff. Looking forward to joining a wonderful gathering of instructors and dancers for a fun weekend in Montréal!

Montréal Dance Fest web site.

Skye & Naomi Weekend Special Deals

Skye and NaomiIf you want to get the super cheap full weekend deal for the Skye & Naomi workshop weekend, you must register by this Wednesday!  

  • Special Full Package Discount Payment by September 25!
    For only $100 you can get 9 workshops with Skye & Naomi plus Uptown Swing with Gordon Webster on Saturday night. An excellent price to experience the full weekend with this incredible lineup of talent.

For ANY registration package, if you want to take advantage of the 3 month installment plan, you must register by this Saturday!

  • 3 Month Online Installment Plan by September 28!
    Even if you only sign up for one workshop, you can divide it into 3 easy payments. For example, the Special Full Package Discount would be only about $33 per month to get the entire weekend!

Don’t delay, register today!

Skye and Naomi workshop information.

Uptown Swing this Saturday - Special Location!

Uptown Swing DanceThis month’s Uptown Swing Dance is this Saturday, September 21 with the Racky Thomas Band. Always a fun night when Racky is in the house! You’ll be out on the dance floor with that joy that keeps you coming back for more. Their style reflects the Chicago Blues and it swings! All levels of dancers are very welcome, including first-timers.

Due to a schedule conflict with KI, for this month Uptown Swing will be at Extreme Dancesport, located in the Fresh Pond area of Cambridge. This beautiful studio was just completed last year, with all renovations aimed specifically to create the perfect room for dancing. We’ve used this space twice before and are looking forward to getting back on the wonderful sprung floor.

Please help to spread the word that the venue location has changed for the September dance. In October, Uptown Swing returns to KI!

  • Beginners welcome, no partner needed
  • Location: Extreme Dancesport, 26 New Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Band: Racky Thomas Band
  • Special this month: Swing Stroll will be back!  
  • Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • Time: 8:15pm-12:00am
  • Swing Lesson: 8:15-9:00pm
  • Admission: $15 ($10 with Student ID)
  • Parking: Tons of free parking in several nearby lots.

Uptown Swing Dance information.

Frankie 100 Registration this Thursday!

Frankie 100Frankie 100 is a huge celebration honoring the joy, spirit and vision of the one and only Frankie Manning. This very special event will be held in NYC over Memorial Day weekend in 2014 and will be attended by Lindy Hoppers from all over the world. Check out the information today!

Frankie 100

Registration is organized in 3 waves depending on geographic location. Wave 1 covering Asia and Australia has sold out!

The Boston area is in Wave 3, which opens at 5:00pm this Thursday, September 19. It will close at 1:00am or sooner if it sells out. (Count on it selling out!) If you want to attend this incredible event, be ready to register this Thursday! Do it!

Frankie 100 Registration

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