22nd Year • Endicott College • Beverly • Massachusetts • USA

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Springtime and beautiful weather remind us that summer is on the way! Start off your summer with an excellent time at Beantown Camp. There will be tons of great classes with some of the world’s best instructors, amazing performances, great live and DJ music for hours of social dancing, friendly dancers from all over the U.S. and beyond, plus a bunch of other fun activities. All levels are very welcome to attend! Check out the schedule for what’s in store. May 9 is the due date for discounted tuition fees.

Have you ever attended a dance weekend and been energized, inspired, enlightened or wowed? Did you want more? Imagine what a whole week can do for your dancing! Beantown Camp is designed to give you just that opportunity. Check out some comments from campers:

  • In a word: fabulous! Thanks for a remarkable week that hit all the right notes. I can’t imagine NOT being at Beantown year after year. I love it that much.”
  • What a week. Thanks so much to everyone for putting in such long hours to make Beantown such an amazing event! Most definitely worth the investment, says I.”
  • I can’t thank you guys enough for the FABULOUS time I had at Beantown. It’s my third camp but my first whole shebang and man, going the extra mile and staying was a BLAST. Doing a routine in the track really brings everyone together. Met tons of great people, danced my toes off and learned a lot. Such nice people on all sides: the attendees, the instructors and the college staff.”
  • Thanks so much for putting on such an amazing event! I loved it! Beantown was the Best vacation I’ve ever had! I can’t wait for next year!”
  • Beantown is an event that mixes world-class instruction and excellent music with a level of friendliness and accessibility that’s really remarkable.”
  • It was SO amazing, truly a special week for many people.”
  • I’m so glad I attended; being totally immersed in dance for almost a whole week, plus the camaraderie that developed with the other campers combined to make an unforgettable learning experience.”
  • My dancing has gone up several notches since the camp.”
  • I had a life changing experience this year. I am so glad I signed up for the whole week.”
  • The Beantown experience is a must for anyone who is serious about Lindy.”
  • The DJ’s were great, the live bands fantastic, and all the students and staff and everyone had such a positive energy!!”
  • Beantown is my favorite week of the year!”
  • This was my first Beantown Camp and I had the best dance-event time EVER (and I have traveled to well over 25 exchanges and camps all across the US in my 2 3/4 years of dance history.)”
  • As always, I return well-fed, tired, inspired, and enthusiastic to move my dance forward.”
  • The camp experience, besides being wonderful fun as always, has made my dancing smoother, more relaxed, and more expressive.”
  • I met so many interesting people and learned so much from the many great instructors.”

Early birds - get your discount for the Whole Shebang and Week before it expires this Sunday, March 20!

Here are just some of the reasons why you want to go to Beantown Camp:

  • Immerse yourself in a week of classes with an amazing collection of the world’s best Lindy Hop instructors!
  • Dance to some of the best Swing bands including 2 nights with the Campus Five!
  • Be entertained, awed and inspired watching the instructors perform in Beantown Bounce!
  • Dance with other Lindy Hoppers from all over the U.S. and beyond!
  • Spend time with Norma Miller, living legend and original Lindy Hopper!
  • Saturday Happy Hour!
  • Check out what whacky stunt Andrew Thigpen has up his sleeve!
  • Be inspired, entertained or just confused with words of wisdom from our own Dave Lasagna!
  • Laugh until it hurts listening to critiques from Beantown’s Got Talent judge Peter Strom!
  • Find your Soul at a late night dance party!
  • Be fed 3 fab meals per day with many options to choose from!
  • Roll out of your bed and down to the beach for some relaxation time!
  • It’s Beantown Camp #15!
  • Hang at the pub with your new and old friends!
  • Finish your week filled with joy, exhilaration and lots of Lindy Love!

The early bird discount for the whole shebang and week expires on Sunday, March 20. Payment (deposit or full) must be received by that date to qualify! Come to Beantown for a dance vacation! Everything you need is included on campus. No need for a car. No need to figure out where to eat. Immerse yourself in dancing, friends and having an amazing time. The setting is beautiful, right on the shore just north of Boston. World class instructors, incredible dancers, top bands, performances and entertainment, competitions and SO MUCH MORE!!!

Camp registration is now open! Join us for our 15th year, once again at the beautiful Endicott College campus, on the shore just north of Boston. Sign up early for the full choice of housing options. There are multiple choices to choose from whether you want a single, double or to coordinate with a group of people. The early bird discount for the whole shebang and week expires on March 20.

Registration opens at midnight on February 20 for the 15th annual Beantown Camp!

Here are some of the awesome instructors joining us this year:

  • Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Peter Strom
  • Skye Humphries
  • Naomi Uyama
  • Michael Jagger & Evita Arce
  • Zack Richard & Maryse Lebeau
  • Mike Roberts & Laura Glaess
  • Eric Fenn
  • Richard Badu
  • Daryl Begin & Jennifer Stout
  • David & Jennifer Coulombe
  • Joel Domoe & Melanie Myers
  • Daniel Newsome & Gabriella Cook
  • Chris Nickl & Shirley McAdam
  • Andrew Thigpen & Karen Turman
  • Plus more confirmations to come!

With our 15th Beantown Camp coming up, you know we want it to be special! Here are some of the changes/additions to the already awesome week:

  • Campus Five for 2 nights! Yes, that’s right! Campus Five will be at Beantown - for 2 nights!!!
  • Saturday afternoon Happy Hour!
  • Sunday night Beantown Bounce (camp instructor show)!
  • Team Performance Track!
  • Beginner Lindy Hop Crash Course!
  • Soul Competition! (partner)

We often find ourselves reflecting on the past year as it draws to an end. This one has been kind of a rollercoaster for us with some big ups and downs along the way.

We had a truly amazing Beantown Camp this summer. It was more work than ever putting it together, which is really a reflection on the way of the dance world these days. Many events for people to attend and lots of attention needs to be devoted to marketing. Beantown has had many great years, and we always wonder how we can possibly top them, yet this year may have just been the best ever! There was a huge diversity of people attending from all over the country and beyond as well as an outstanding staff of instructors and musicians, and it all merged together into a week full of joy, laughter and a ton of fun! We owe so much to everyone who participated and contributed to making it such a positive, wonderful event.

Hop to the Beat hit an incredible milestone this year with our 15th anniversary. It is quite amazing when we think about that. It all started because we had seen this dance called the Lindy Hop and we just wanted everyone to do it! It seemed the only way to help make that happen was to teach, so we gave it a try. We added small practices which eventually led into what is now Uptown Swing. Along the way we brought in international instructors and eventually started Beantown Camp. It literally just evolved, we along with it, and it continues to be a full time endeavor.

  • Whole Shebang: Thursday, June 23–Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Week: Friday, June 24–Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Extended Weekend: Friday, June 24–Monday, June 27, 2011
  • Weekend: Friday, June 24–Sunday, June 26, 2011

Check the Beantown Camp site for more information and get on the mailing list to be notified when details are available.

When we put on our very first Beantown Camp in 1997 we had a vision for what kind of week we hoped to create. Beantown has evolved over the years and along the way there have been many wonderful camps, but this year, our 14th, everything came together in the most incredible way to surpass our wildest dreams. We are still feeling overwhelmed with it all. It wasn’t just the outstanding classes and dance parties, but also the fun stuff that happened in between and the positive energy all around. There is so much that happened over the week and here are some of the special highlights.