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Summer may not be just around the corner, but summer planning is! Join us for our 16th Beantown Camp! Beantown has long been known as an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as a Lindy Hopper. You will be challenged, inspired and awed! How could you not with this incredible group of instructors?

  • Beantown CampEvita Arce
  • Eric Fenn
  • Nina Gilkenson
  • Laura Glaess
  • Skye Humphries
  • Michael Jagger
  • William Mauvais
  • Mike Roberts
  • Peter Strom
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Maeva Truntzer
  • Naomi Uyama
  • Richard Badu
  • Heather Ballew
  • Daryl Begin
  • Gabriella Cook
  • Kate Hedin
  • Kenny Nelson
  • Daniel Newsome
  • Michael Seguin
  • Jennifer Stout
  • Andrew Thigpen
  • Karen Turman
  • Bobby White

Camp runs from June 28 to July 5 with multiple registration options. This will be a phenomenal year to come to Beantown! If you’ve never done the full week, do it in 2012. There is just too much that you won’t want to miss! The website continues to be updated with the latest info. Registration opens in February, date TBA.

Check out the website for information.

There are so many truly awesome things we could say about Beantown Camp #16, but right now we’ll just focus on the live music! We are so excited about this line-up!

  • Gordon WebsterGordon Webster & Friends featuring Naomi Uyama on vocals. Gordon and his band have become regulars at Beantown and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. They’ll be kicking things off on Friday night.
  • Campus FiveJonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander. Yes folks, they’ll be back! Saturday and Sunday! We had just too much fun last year to not do it again.
  • Glenn Crytzer and his SyncopatorsGlenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, featuring Meschiya Lake on vocals and Solomon Douglas on keyboard. This will be their first Beantown appearance, although Solomon has played for us in the past. Our last night this year is July 4th and we just had to finish up with a bang.Laughing

To sum it up, some words from Jon Tigert…

Has anyone else noticed that Beantown Lindy Hop Camp has Gordon Webster, Glenn Crytzer w/ Meschiya Lake, and Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, feat. Hilary Alexander?

HOLY BEJEEZUS!! Can we say best music lineup of the year?

Camp runs from June 28 to July 5th with multiple registration options. The website continues to be updated with the latest information. Registration opens in February, date TBA. If you have always wanted to come to Beantown, this will be a phenomenal year to do so. If you’ve never done the full week, do it in 2012!

Check out the website for information.

Beantown Camp 2012Plans for Beantown Camp 2012 are well under way! This will be #16 and we know it is going to be special! This year camp runs from June 28 to July 5th and we will be back on the beautiful Endicott College campus on the shore just north of Boston. Although the general format will be similar to last year, there are some schedule and activity changes and additions to ensure maximum fun and awesomeness!

Some new features for 2012:

  • New registration format. It is now possible to register for Beantown separate from the college options for housing and meals.
  • The last night is July 4th and plans are in the works to go out with a bang.Laughing This is the ideal year to stay for the full week!
  • A brand new dorm option providing for the first time the most requested choice - individual rooms with private bathrooms and AC!

Although the website is updated for 2012, the registration section is being reworked, staff additions are in the process of being confirmed, and the schedule will certainly have some tweaking as well as class details to be added.

Registration will be opening in February (date TBA). Stay tuned for information on early bird pricing options. Make your plans for starting out the summer at Beantown Camp! You will be glad you did.Cool

Beantown Camp information.

Ready or not, another year has come to an end. It is not possible for me (Aurelie) to reflect on it without the one overriding feature of losing my Dad in May. I and the rest of my family miss him very much. He was the focal point, so there is a big gap to fill. We are learning to find our way as we move forward. Thankfully I come from a large family and we have each other.

2011 did bring many wonderful moments and here are a few of our biggest highlights:

  • Not only did we hold our 15th Beantown Camp, we received many comments of “best ever” and we think we agree. A gathering of many wonderful people for a week full of joy, tons of positive energy and just so much fun!
  • Hop to the Beat had its 16th anniversary this September, something we find pretty amazing.smiley
  • Passing our 1 year mark in our Monday night Boston location. It is always a big challenge to start something new and we have really enjoyed our classes and the people we have gotten to know from them.
  • Skye Humphries and Naomi Uyama performing at Uptown Swing Dance with the Gordon Webster BandA truly phenomenal Uptown Swing dance with Gordon Webster during the Skye and Naomi weekend. The house was absolutely packed, however, what made it exceptional was how the room was on fire! Gordon surpassed himself, Naomi was incredible, she and Skye entertained and inspired us, and everyone present contributed to such an awesome, happy night. We couldn’t have ended our HTTB year any better.
  • Izzy and LunaA non-dance highlight was adopting our two rescue kitties, Izzy and Luna, in August. They have brought much cuteness to our home.smiley

Something that continues to be a major force are all the fabulous people who have touched our lives through our classes, dances, camp and other activities. We are very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your life and there is nothing that makes us happier than seeing new friendships made, smiling faces and everyone having a good time. We caught the Lindy Hop bug back in our early days and are thrilled if we can help pass that on to someone else. Neither of us could ever have imagined back when we each started dancing what it would become in our lives. It has brought us each other and so much more.

So here’s to a new year which we hope will give you all much joy, happiness and of course plenty of excellent moments dancing!

Our best to you,
Aurelie & Tony

Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas DVDsThere’s still time to get a gift of dance this holiday season! Here’s what you will find in the Hop to the Beat Shop:

  • Ryan and Jenny’s series of teaching DVDs. Ryan and Jenny are two of the best Lindy Hop teachers and performers in the world. These DVDs are jam packed with information with very clear presentation and tons of demonstration.
  • Beantown Camp 2011 DVDsBeantown Camp DVDs, including the 3 DVD set for 2011 covering class recaps, competitions, evening and class performances and Beantown Bounce (the awesome show)!
  • Beantown Camp and Hop to the Beat T-Shirts.
  • Gift Certificates which are customized to any amount.

Purchase at the Hop to the Beat shop.

Nick BirchakUnfortunately we have sad news to report, the sudden death of our friend and fellow dancer, Nick Birchak. He passed away in his sleep the night of August 23 due to complications from Epilepsy. He was an active member of the Albany Swing dance community and always a smiling face on the dance floor. If you attended the Michael and Evita workshops in April or Beantown in June, most likely you met Nick. He was a little guy with a big personality and a wonderful, positive spirit. He will be truly missed. If you would like to post on his Facebook wall. Memorial contributions can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast New York for scholarships in his name.

Wow - Beantown this year! A wide range of levels and ages coming together for an awesome mix of Lindy Hoppers from 33 states and 8 countries. The energy on campus was full of happiness and joy and lots of Lindy Love. Frankie would be proud:-)

This was an emotion-filled time for us. Overriding everything has been losing my Dad in May. Preparing for Beantown sure kept us busy, but thoughts of my Dad have always been with me.

As for the week of Beantown - just incredible! Too much to mention, but it’s always fun to think of some highlights, so here’s a top ten in approximate order of occurrence:

  1. Chillin’ outside at the Saturday Happy Hour as the sun finally came out in full force.
  2. Gordon Webster followed by two nights of the Campus Five. It really doesn’t get any better.
  3. Dave Lasagna’s happy dance in the middle of the circle during the finale of Beantown Bounce, the instructors’ show.
  4. The surprise cake and ovation from everyone at the BBQ. It had been tough going for me up to that point and it really turned everything around. Thanks!
  5. Spending time with Norma Miller, talking about all the things she is doing and her future plans. Like Frankie, Norma really shows us how to live your life!
  6. Fun at the photo booth!
  7. #039;s Got Talent: Synchronized Swimming" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a513359f8606180cffb915086d823bc3-200x150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="150" width="200" /> Michael Jagger’s expressions as he listened to the judges’ commentary after the synchronized swimming skit at Beantown’s Got Talent.
  8. Late night Karaoke in the pub on Tuesday.
  9. The Wednesday night track performances and feeling overwhelmed with the looks of joy and accomplishment as another week of camp winds down.
  10. Catching up with old friends and getting to know some new ones:-)

Every year we find ourselves wondering how we can possibly top the last Beantown, but it has happened once again! It would not be possible without the help of so many. Our thanks go out to all the wonderful instructors, staff, bands, DJs and of course campers who all contributed to making Beantown an amazing week of dancing, classes, socializing, laughing and having an incredibly awesome time. Plus we must also thank Endicott College for providing such a beautiful venue and setting, feeding us excellent meals, and especially Patrick for going out of his way to help us make everything work. We feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

Plans have already started for the next one. Beantown will run from June 28 to July 5, 2012. The format will be similar, although minds are already churning and ideas are formulating. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for what is sure to be another amazing week of good times and good friends!

Just after camp is a great time for reflection and we are always looking for ways to make Beantown the best experience possible. We welcome feedback and appreciate hearing your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!

Aurelie & Tony

P.S. Thanks to Beth Diener, Tom Hagar, Rich Moffitt, Brad Kellogg, Bruno Avard, Renata Shraybman, John Russo and everyone else who has posted so many awesome pictures!

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Only one week to go!!! Beantown Camp opening day is almost here. We are still accepting registrations if you would like to join campers from 33 states and 8 countries.

Beantown Camp News: Only 1 Week To Go

Beantown CampNot sure what it’s about? Check out the schedule for amazing classes, dances and tons of fun: Beantown Camp Schedule Track balances are looking pretty good overall, although the Orange track (beginner/intermediate) could use a few leaders and the Blue track (intermediate/advanced) could use some as well. Who wouldn’t want to spend a week with dancers from near and far, many of the world’s best instructors, 4 nights with 3 awesome bands (a double dose of the Campus Five!), great DJs, a beautiful location on the shore and many fun activities included. If this sounds like the vacation that you want to do, register today! Beantown runs from June 23-30, back at the beautiful Endicott College campus in Beverly, MA. There are multiple packages and time periods to choose from for attending. You can find all of the details and latest information on the Beantown Camp web site: www.BeantownCamp.com Come share the Lindy love…you will be glad you did!

Beantown Open Dance Parties

If you can’t come to Beantown Camp, you can still join in for two dance parties at Endicott College. These dances are open to the public and both are going to be awesome, without a doubt! Discount door admission coupons are available on the camp website. (No pre-registration.) Campus FiveBeantown Saturday Dance Party, June 25, 2011

  • Beantown Camp Shop
  • Evening Dance with Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander (Their Boston AND New England debut!)
  • Beantown Café & Game Room
  • Competitions
    • Strictly Lindy
    • Jack & Jill Finals
  • Not-to-be-missed Performances!
  • Cake-Break
  • Late Night dancing with Beantown DJs in Callahan
  • Late Night Alternate Room in the Chapel hosted by Boston Swing Central

Toni Lynn WashingtonBeantown Wednesday Dance Party, June 29, 2011

  • Beantown Camp Shop
  • Evening Dance with Boston Swing Express, featuring special guest Toni Lynn Washington (Another debut with this awesome combination!)
  • Beantown Café & Game Room
  • Class Performances!
  • Late Night Ice Cream Party
  • Late Night dancing with Beantown DJs

Dance information & discount coupons. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Beantown! Happy dancing, Aurelie & Tony