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Beantown CampRegistrations have been coming in nicely, however, leaders are needed!

Here’s the current wait list situation:

  • Followers wanting to register for the weekend or extended weekend will go on the wait list unless also registering with a leader. The leader does NOT have to register for the same registration period.
  • Registration is open for followers registering for the week and whole shebang, however, registering with a leader will be helpful to avoid having potentially more follows going on the wait list.
  • The sooner we can accumulate leaders, the sooner we can accept those on the wait list.

If you are already registered and know of leads you can encourage to sign up, we would very much appreciate your help!

Beantown CampThere’s always something new at camp! Each year we take a good look at what we’ve done, listen to your feedback and keep an eye on what’s going on in the greater Lindy scene. There are always improvements that can be made as well as changes and additions to keep things fresh and use the strengths of our amazing staff. Plus as many previous campers know, Endicott College is always up to something and we think everyone is going to be very happy with the changes. The beautiful setting and wonderful facilities add to the awesome time we have at Beantown each year!

What’s new for 2015:

  • Two new mini-tracks have been added. Gaby Cook will be teaching choreography for performance with Gaby’s Chorusline Ladies. Nathan Bugh will be doing a routine for newer and experienced tappers with Nathan’s Awesome Tap Routine!
  • All Lindy Hop tracks will have some classes designated with a particular topic, including musicality, dance technique, partner connection and movement as well as the usual track routines.
  • New specialty classes are in the works and will be added to the schedule.
  • Competition preliminaries have been moved to an earlier evening time slot to allow for more prime time social dancing.
  • Auditions and track placements will be under the direction of Jenna Applegarth and new procedures are in the works to help improve the process as well as track balances.
  • The Callahan Center renovations are complete and the main room has been transformed. It is much bigger, more open and looks very different. New AC has been installed as well. The lobby is gone and the main entrance is in the center of the front side of the building.
  • The dining hall has also been completely transformed. It is bigger and configured differently than in the past. The serving area is now gone and food stations are located throughout the main part of the room. There is all new seating and the entire look is very modern. The entrance is now off the street side of the building on the 2nd floor and leads directly into the dining hall.
  • A brand new space has been created called Gully’s, located in the center of the campus in the same building as the large auditorium. The entrance is across from the lake and the Amphitheater. About half the room holds the newly located pub and the other half is an open dance space. We’ll be using it for a class space as well as for some of the evening activities.

Although the basic schedule is up, many of the class descriptions, specialty classes and presentations are in the process of being added. Other refinements are likely to be made as plans are finalized. We are very excited with how it is all coming together!

Beantown runs from June 25 to July 2. Do the week to get the full experience! There is so much that you won’t want to miss. Most campers stay on campus, which is highly recommended and adds to the fun of coming to camp!

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Beantown CampRegistrations have continued to come in from all over the U.S. and beyond! Lots of returning campers and lots of first-timers!

That’s the good news. The not so good news is that we are going to have to start a wait list for weekend and extended weekend followers. Here’s the situation:

  • Followers wanting to register for the weekend or extended weekend will have to go on a waiting list unless also registering with a leader. The leader does NOT have to register for the same registration period.
  • Registration is open for followers registering for the week and whole shebang, however, registering with a leader will be helpful to avoid having to start a wait list.
  • The sooner we can accumulate leaders, the sooner we can accept those on the wait list.

There is a solution! Leaders, please register so that we can accept all follows who would like to attend. The last thing we want to do is have to close someone out. There is time, however, the sooner the better so everyone is able to make their plans for attending.

If you are already registered and know of leaders you can encourage to sign up, we would very much appreciate your help!

Register today for your dance vacation at Beantown Camp.

Early Bird prices are in effect until April 30. If you would like to get on the 3 month installment plan, the deadline is April 25.

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Beantown CampIf you would like an excellent opportunity to improve and grow as a Lindy Hopper, if you want to be challenged and inspired, and if you want classes with some of the world’s best instructors, Beantown’s got all that! Check out this incredible line-up!

  • JENNA APPLEGARTH
  • EVITA ARCE
  • RICHARD BADU
  • DARYL BEGIN
  • NATHAN BUGH
  • GABY COOK
  • EMELIE DECAVITA
  • REBECKA DECAVITA
  • ERIC FENN
  • NINA GILKENSON
  • LAURA GLAESS
  • KATE HEDIN
  • SKYE HUMPHRIES
  • MICHAEL JAGGER
  • JAVIER JOHNSON
  • LUNOU SAMSON POIROT
  • ANDY REID
  • ZACK RICHARD
  • MIKE ROBERTS
  • MICHAEL SEGUIN
  • JENNIFER STOUT
  • PETER STROM
  • SYLVIA SYKES
  • JENNY THOMAS
  • JON TIGERT
  • NAOMI UYAMA
  • BOBBY WHITE

In addition there will be some specialty classes which are still in the process of being finalized. So much amazing stuff this year. We can’t wait to get it all on the schedule!

Beantown runs from June 25 to July 2. Do the week to get the full experience! Most campers stay on campus, which is highly recommended. Early Bird prices are in effect until April 30. If you would like to get on the 4 month installment plan, the deadline is March 25.

Registrations have been coming from all over the U.S. and beyond! There are already large groups representing Chicago, NYC, Connecticut, Maine, Montréal and Québec City, with more in the works. Some housing options have sold out, including Hawthorne and Woodside. Winthrop has only limited spaces open. There are still options for singles, doubles and triple/quad rooms as well as 4 person suites in Manchester/Gloucester.

Work crew positions are available for a registration discount. At the moment we are booking volunteers for the week or whole shebang only as most work crew assignments are needed to be filled for the full week.

Register today for your dance vacation at Beantown Camp!

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Beantown CampRegistrations have continued at a nice steady pace and we are excited by our fantastic start. There are currently groups organizing from New York, Maine, Providence, Connecticut and Chicago as well as many Canadians. In addition, there is already a great mix of campers coming from all over the country and beyond. Lots of first timers as well as those who’ve come for many years.

Some of the housing options have filled, although there is plenty of available housing on campus. If you are interested in a triple/quad, which is the cheapest on-campus option, they have been filling quickly. There are some spaces still available in Marblehead and Kennedy.

Early Bird discount prices are currently available. Great bargains are still to be had!

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More exciting announcements will be coming soon!

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Beantown CampReady…set…it’s almost here!

Registration opens TOMORROW, January 29 at 8:00pm EST! Be one of the first campers to register to get the biggest discounts. Don’t forget to set up your Beantown account in advance if you don’t already have one!

Check out these pricing deals:

  • NO camp registration increases.
  • TIERED pricing for the earliest camp registrations. 
  • TIERED whole shebang and week discounts for first time campers. 
  • INTERNATIONAL camp registration discounts. 
  • MINOR Endicott price increases for housing and meals.
  • STUDENT housing discounts. 
  • FIVE month installment plan available for registrations by February 25. (Additional installment plans afterward.)

Beantown runs from June 25 to July 2. Do the week to get the full experience! Most campers stay on campus, which is highly recommended.

View the website for more information!

Join the Beantown Camp Facebook event.

Beantown CampRegistration is going live on
Thursday, January 29 at 8:00pm EST!

Here’s what to look out for:

  • First Timer Discounts
  • Special Tiered Early Bird Discounts
  • International Discounts

In addition, there are some changes to the on-campus housing options.

Details will be available soon! Stay tuned!

Beantown Camp website.

Beantown CampShut off the stresses of the outside world, relax in a beautiful shoreline setting and enjoy immersing yourself in dance camp. Outstanding instructors, incredible bands, a wide range of Lindy Hoppers from near and far. Many class options, inspiring performances, lots of social dancing, karaoke, Beantown’s Got Talent, fun competitions, camp social, camp BBQ, Soul Dance Party, tons of fun. Comfortable housing options, high quality meals, private beaches, excellent facilities. Meet a living legend of Lindy Hop, make new friends, join a music jam, swim in the ocean, play volleyball by the beach. Feel the Lindy Love! In a nutshell, that’s what you get at Beantown!

Beantown runs from June 25 to July 2. Do the week to get the full experience! Most campers stay on campus, which is highly recommended.

The website is in the process of being updated and new information is being added daily.

Beantown Camp website.

Beantown CampAlthough Beantown Camp news has been quiet, the wheels are turning and there is much being prepared! We can mention that the instructors and bands for the week will be outstanding, some new plans are in the works, as well as some exciting changes at Endicott College. Registration is scheduled to open later this month!

Announcements will be rolling out soon. Save the dates, June 25 to July 2, and stay tuned!

Beantown and we are still busy with camp follow-up and sorting through literally thousands of photos. This year’s camp had some extra challenges which kept us extremely busy. Callahan renovations were not complete, which meant no dining hall and no main dance venue. Plus registration was up, which was exciting and wonderful, but added to the unknowns as to if everything was going to work. We made our best judgments as we planned out the week, knowing that sometimes you have to actually experience something to know what you are dealing with. In addition, this year’s Beantown was a tribute to Frankie and there were several plans in the works that were not easily coming together but that I wanted so much to complete.

BBQ

One way or another, we made it to opening day and then experienced the absolutely most wonderful Beantown ever! Sure there were some logistical issues that could use improvement, and we were able to see ways to do some things better. However, when it comes down to everything that counts the most, we couldn’t have been happier. Mostly what we saw were smiling, happy, joyous faces!

Beach

We had put a bunch of stuff on the schedule and day after day, each one was so positive and wonderful and just how you hope it would be. We saw happy instructors, happy bands, happy campers! What more could you want? Even the weather was just about perfect! It was an emotional roller coaster ride that turned into a very special and amazing week that will carry us for a long time to come.

Beantown Bounce

There are so many people to thank including of course our amazing staff of instructors, our outstanding bands, DJs, work crew and helpers. Every single one contributed to making Beantown the spectacular week that it was. This year something that stood out more than ever was the enthusiasm in which both staff and campers wanted to help, wanted to participate and wanted to add. There are some that we want to thank individually.

 

Bobby White Talk

  • Bobby White for offering his two entertaining and educational talks.
  • Dan Newsome for volunteering to host a DJ summit.
  • Allen Kerr for not only being head DJ, but also handling DJ duties at many of our special events throughout the week.
  • Tom Hagar for heading up the photo crew and getting himself just about everywhere.

Beantown Bounce - The Errand Boy

  • Michael & Evita for directing Beantown Bounce, plus everyone who performed and worked on the production. What a special treat to have such a first class show at Beantown and we truly appreciate all the hard work and thought that went into it.
  • Dan Repsch & Jenny Sowden for taking their task of teaching the Blues Mini-Track and expanding it into hosting a Swing & Blues Party and a Blues practice. Your spirit and enthusiasm are much appreciated.

Beantown Camp Competitions

  • Jenna Applegarth and her lovely assistant Jon Tigert for superbly handling our largest competitions ever.
  • Jon Tigert and his lovely assistant Jenna Applegarth for putting together the most amazing Beantown’s Got Talent! Beantown proved that it does have talent and plenty of it! Plus of course these two also hosted another fun night of Beantown Karaoke:-)
  • Kenny Nelson for running the always challenging track auditions and all that goes with it. A thankless job for sure, except by us:-)

Soul Party

  • Peter Strom for adding so much to Beantown year after year! What is more fun than the Soul Party? Such a big highlight and somehow even better than ever. Special this year was the Frankie Presentation. It was just the right mix of everything and near and dear to our hearts:-)

Frankie Showing The Way

Usually camp is set up a few days in advance. Due to the construction of our dance “room”, we had to do it the night before, something we would definitely not recommend! We would not have managed without the help of Martin Fréchette, Joe Toth, Rachelle Gaudet, Suzanne Gaudet, Steve & Deb Carmel, Betty Stone, Anne Orens, Denyce Zabrecky and Benson Wong. Michael Strickland and Xander Norman tackled the dance rooms through the late hours of the night and then completed all the sound along with Maduka Chidebelu-Eze on Thursday. Rebecca Strickland worked the auditions, competitions and filled in for me on countless tasks throughout the week. Each one stepped up when we needed them most, and we truly appreciate all of them!

Photo Booth

Special thanks go out to our good friend Don Fish who created the illustration for our amazing photo booth. I reached out to him as time was running out and help was needed. He jumped right in and we ended up with something so much more than we could envision. Don also has done many of our wonderful t-shirt and banner designs. Don was a student in our very first regular classes that we taught in Providence many years ago. We are so fortunate to still have him in our lives.

Québec

Most new campers come based on recommendations from instructors, classmates, friends and acquaintances. Thank you so much to every one of you who helped make this our best attended Beantown ever! We couldn’t possibly do this without you.

Chicago

We especially want to thank Carl Linder, Karrie Willis, Lunou Samson Poirot, Jasmin Hains, Katleen Rousseau, Daryl Begin, Jennifer Stout, Javier Johnson, Cynthia Simonds and Samuel Coleman who all put in the extra effort to organize and encourage large groups of mostly new campers.

New York City

In addition we have to thank the Canadian dancers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who just kept registering, as well as all NYC area dancers for your tremendous support as you keep multiplying year after year! When I mentioned at camp how much you all helped me to get through some overwhelming moments, I was not kidding!

Dining Hall

It is not just the beautiful setting and facilities at Endicott College that we love. Most important is working with Patrick Cornelissen and the Endicott College staff. They are the best and we can’t imagine running Beantown without them. Paul Belski and the food service crew did a tremendous job through difficult conditions, working from a portable kitchen. Our group filled the temporary dining hall and we were told that ours was the only group that could have managed with our size as we are the only ones who will all share the tables. Yay Lindy Hoppers!

Gordon Webster and Friends with Naomi Uyama

Last but not least, thank you to all Beantown campers for bringing your wonderful selves to camp this year! The positive, supportive and happy environment at camp was due to all of you. Thank you for your participation, your energy, your friendliness and your smiles. The spirit of Frankie was alive and well at Beantown this year and we couldn’t be more proud.

Beantown's Got Talent - Poetry with Jonathan Chen

We wish you all the best and look forward to doing it all again in 2015!

Sincerely,
Aurelie & Tony