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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

Beanown CampFor those who want to start thinking about NEXT summer, the dates for Beantown are set from June 26-July 3. There will be similar registration options as in the past. Believe it or not, plans are already in the works. This will be the 18th year! Think about doing the full week to get the whole experience as each day brings something special! Details will not be available for awhile, but no doubt it will be a spectacular opportunity for a very fun and inspiring week.

Check out last year’s info to get an idea what it’s all about.

Time has flown by since Beantown and we are still working on our follow-up and going through a ton of photos. The spirit of Lindy Hop was alive and well at camp this year! What a fantastic week with so many wonderful moments.

Beantown Highlights

Here is a selection of just some of the many highlights:

Michael and EvitaFriday Night Instructor Demo

Seeing all of the instructors together filling the floor was truly amazing. So much talent all in one place! Seeing it on paper is one thing. Experiencing it in person is another! A great start to the week to come.

Camp Social on the Winthrop LawnCamp Social on the Winthrop Lawn

The cool breezes, the beautiful view, a chance to relax and just enjoy time with other campers.

Beantown BounceBeantown Bounce

Awesome from start to finish. Listening to Norma rave for a good 15 minutes afterwards was the icing on the cake. She kept mentioning how her spirit had been renewed. What better compliment could there be? Kudos to Evita and Michael and all the performers and crew who contributed to such a spectacular show!

Bobby's Presentation with NormaBobby’s Presentation with Norma

I may have seen all the dance clips before, but never with Norma’s off the cuff comments full of interesting information and a participant’s point of view. Priceless!

Taryn's Performance in Beantown's Got TalentTaryn’s Performance in Beantown’s Got Talent

When we added Maduka and Taryn Chidebelu-Eze to our camp staff, we had no idea we were getting such an amazing talent on campus. Taryn treated us to several wonderful performances during the week. My favorite was during Beantown’s Got Talent. Watching her young son singing along with a huge smile and much pride in his face was truly special.

Class PerformancesClass Performances

The class performances at the end of the week are always a camp highlight, although this year’s were extra wonderful. Rose provided an excellent setting and the audience was the best ever giving a rousing standing ovation after each group.

Special Award PresentationSpecial Award Presentation

This year we added two special awards, Top Student to Jonathan Chen and Spirit of Lindy Hop to Cynthia Simonds. My favorite part was when Cynthia ran down from the back of the room to hug Jonathan, not knowing that she was soon to be called up for her own award. If that didn’t confirm we made the right choices, I don’t know what would. Thanks to Dave Lasagna for the insight to pass the mic to these two wonderful recipients. If there was anything that brought us all together, it was this moment. This one gets added to the all-time best Beantown moments EVER!

Wednesday Night Last DanceWednesday Night Last Dance

Closing out our last dance with Gordon Webster is a guaranteed fun night! The last 20-25 minute version of “I Like Pie, I like Cake” included a sing along, a jam, some unique improvising from Gordon, and even some crowd surfing from Josh Mclean. You couldn’t plan this stuff if you wanted to!

Happy CampersHappy Campers

Seeing everyone at camp, catching up with friends, meeting new campers, watching everything enfold, seeing the happy faces, feeling the positive collective spirit, having that sense of community. The pure joy is what brought us to Lindy Hop and why we still do it!

Beantown Thanks

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at Beantown this year, everyone who supported us and encouraged others to attend, our amazing staff and awesome crew and every single person who chipped in one way or another. We appreciate every one of you and could not do Beantown without you! In addition, we must send a huge thank you to Patrick and the entire Endicott College staff for providing us such an amazing environment and helping us to have the best camp possible.

Beantown Campers, you have once again exceeded expectations! We wish you all the best and hope to see you back in 2014!

Gordon WebsterYou can still join in on Wednesday night at Endicott College. The dance is open to the public and will be a blast! Discount door admission coupons are available on the camp website. (No pre-registration.)

Beantown Wednesday Dance Party, July 3, 2013

  • Evening Dance with Gordon Webster & Friends, featuring Naomi Uyama and special guest Mike “Falty” Faltesek
  • Beantown Café & Game Room
  • Complementary Photo Booth
  • Late Night Ice Cream Party 
  • Late Night dancing with Beantown DJs

Dance information & discount coupons.

Frankie Mannig at Beantown CampWe are excited to announce that three new Ambassadors of the Frankie Manning Foundation scholarship program will be joining us at Beantown Camp this year! Rafal from NYC, plus Alexis and Cyle, both from Cleveland and members of Valerie Salstrom’s Junior Jitterbugs, will all be attending for the whole shebang.

Judy Pritchett asked us to pass on this quote from the Frankie Manning Foundation:

Beantown Camp embodies the continuity of Frankie Manning’s spirit and values, both in the excellence of its classes and its upbeat, fun atmosphere.

Please be sure to join us in welcoming  Rafal, Alexis and Cyle to camp this year! In addition, Josh, one of the 2012 Ambassadors, will be back this summer.

Beantown Camp Information.

Beantown CampOnly one week to go!!! Beantown Camp opening day is almost here. We are still accepting registrations if you would like to join us.

Not sure what it’s about? Check out the schedule for amazing classes, dances and tons of fun: Beantown Camp Schedule

Who wouldn’t want to spend a week with dancers from near and far, many of the world’s best instructors, 5 nights with 3 awesome bands (Baby Soda and double doses of the Campus Five and Gordon Webster!), great DJs, a beautiful location on the shore and many fun activities included? If this sounds like the vacation you want to do, register today!

Beantown runs from June 27-July 4, 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!

Beanown CampBe sure to check out the camp forum for ride sharing and other information. This is a great way to communicate with other campers and maybe organize a door-to-door airport shuttle or request a ride from a local.

For our local campers, we would really appreciate if you check the forum to see if there are any visiting campers you can help out. It is wonderful when we all work together to make this an amazing experience for everyone!

Beantown Camp Forum.

Gordon Webster

If you can’t come to Beantown Camp, you are invited to attend the Beantown Camp Wednesday Night Dance Party at Endicott College. This dance is open to the public and will be awesome, without a doubt! Discount door admission coupons are available on the camp website. (No pre-registration.)

Beantown Wednesday Dance Party, July 3, 2013

  • Evening Dance with Gordon Webster & Friends featuring Naomi Uyama and special guest Mike “Falty” Faltesek
  • Beantown Café & Game Room
  • Late Night Ice Cream Party 
  • Late Night dancing with Beantown DJs

Dance information & discount coupons.

Beantown Camp

The countdown to Beantown Camp opening day continues! Only 2 weeks to go.

For everyone planning to attend who has not yet completed a registration or an Endicott Reservation, it would be a huge help if you get your registration and full payment in ASAP! There are packets to assemble and the college has rooms to prepare. We want your complete camp experience to be smooth sailing from the moment you arrive and the more we can do in advance, the easier for us to make that happen.

If you are registered and would like to add a competition, now would be a great time to do that! Got soul? Why not sign up for the Soul division? That does sound like fun!

Join us for our 17th year! Camp runs from June 27 to July 4 with multiple registration options. If you’ve never done the full week, this will be the year to do it. There is so much that you will not want to miss!

Check website for all the details and registration.

Beantown Camp

Be sure to check out the camp forum for ride sharing and other information. This is a great way to communicate with other campers and maybe organize a door-to-door airport shuttle or request a ride from a local. For our local campers, we would really appreciate if you check the forum to see if there are any visiting campers you can help out. It is wonderful when we all work together to make this an amazing experience for everyone!

Beantown Camp Forum.