21st Year • Endicott College • Beverly • Massachusetts • USA

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We are thrilled to announce the addition of Gaby Cook, Mike Faltesek & Casey Schneider, plus Alain Wong & Gen St-Lo! The teaching staff is now complete! Can you imagine a whole week of classes with this incredible group of 31 awesome teachers? We’ve got that!

  • Beantown CampEvita Arce
  • Richard Badu
  • Heather Ballew
  • Daryl Begin
  • Nathan Bugh
  • Gaby Cook
  • Mike Faltesek
  • Eric Fenn
  • Pamela Gaizutyte
  • Nina Gilkenson
  • Laura Glaess
  • Jesse Hanus
  • Kate Hedin
  • Skye Humphries
  • Michael Jagger
  • Javier Johnson
  • Kenny Nelson
  • Daniel Newsome
  • Mikey Pedroza
  • Mike Roberts
  • Casey Schneider
  • Michael Seguin
  • Elaine Silver
  • Gen St-Lo
  • Jennifer Stout
  • Peter Strom
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Jon Tigert
  • Naomi Uyama
  • Bobby White
  • Alain Wong

That’s truly a lot of awesome! And it is only the classes. Beantown is so much more! A full vacation of dancing, people, activities, all wrapped up in tons of FUN!

The Early Bird Rates expire on April 30! Register now to get the cheaper prices.

If you would like a work crew position in exchange for a registration discount, please contact us. There are still some available.

Camp runs from June 27 to July 4 with multiple registration options. If you have always wanted to come to Beantown, do it in 2013. There is just too much that you won’t want to miss!

If you are planning to attend, please respond on the Beantown Facebook event page if you have not already done so. Thanks!

The website continues to be updated with the latest info. Check out all the details.

Beantown CampThank you to everyone who has already registered for Beantown! We are looking forward to welcoming you to camp this year. There are currently only a handful of 4th tier spaces left. Register now if you would like to grab one!

Beantown Camp Registration.

One of the housing choices has sold out, but there are still plenty of great options to choose from.

Endicott Reservation.

Join us for an amazing dance vacation! Beantown runs from June 27 to July 4th with multiple registration options to choose from. Register now to join dancers from around the country and beyond.

If you are planning to attend, please respond on the Beantown Facebook event page if you have not already done so. Thanks!

 

There are many truly awesome things about Beantown Camp #17. Just one of them is the live music. We are excited about this line-up!

  • Baby SodaBaby Soda Jazz Band. This wonderful NYC band will be making their first Beantown appearance, kicking things off on Friday night.
  • Campus FiveJonathan Stout and his Campus Five. Yes folks, they’ll be back AGAIN! Saturday and Sunday! It has been confirmed that Beantown and Campus Five make an excellent combination
  • Gordon WebsterGordon Webster & Friends featuring Naomi Uyama on vocals. Gordon and his band have been regulars at Beantown and every year we think we couldn’t love them any better, but we do. This year the full band will be coming for the first time and there just isn’t a better way to celebrate and finish up an amazing week of camp.

To sum it up, dancing bliss from start to finish!

 

It is never too early to make summer plans to attend Beantown Camp. Get your 4th Tier discount prices while they are still available!

 

Beantown Camp Registration.

There is much in the works with information which we hope to send out soon. Beantown is going to be amazing! So much incredible stuff all wrapped in one week of pure joy.

Check out the latest details on the Beantown website.

Beantown CampWe are happy to report that camp registrations have been coming in from near and far! It is still possible to get in with the new discount prices as registration has just moved into the 4th Tier.

Beantown Camp Registration.

Some major plans are in the works with information which we hope to send out soon! Get excited! Beantown is going to be amazing from start to finish!

Check out the latest details on the Beantown website.

Beantown CampBeantown registration is open! It is still possible to take advantage of some new discounts. The first and second tiers have sold out, however excellent prices are currently available. Why not get the best bang for your buck? Register now!

For those who would like to take maximum advantage of the monthly installment plan, register by February 14 to get on the 5 month plan. (Starting February 15 it converts to a 4 month plan.) Camp registration and the Endicott reservation may both be purchased with the installment plan.

Beantown Camp Registration.

Join us for an amazing dance vacation! Beantown runs from June 27 to July 4th with multiple registration options to choose from. Come together with dancers from around the country and beyond for a week of inspiration, challenge, passion and pure joy!

Check out the website for information.

Beantown CampRegistration opens Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00pm EST. Be one of the first campers to register to get the biggest discounts.

No prices have been increased! New discounts have been added! Payments can be made with 5 monthly installments for those registering in early February.

Beantown is going to be AWESOME! If you have ever thought about doing the full week, do it in 2013. Camp runs from June 27 to July 4. It will be an incredible experience from start to finish!

Check out the website for the latest information.

Beantown Camp

Join us for our 17th 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? (Plus more to come!)

  • Evita Arce
  • Richard Badu
  • Heather Ballew 
  • Daryl Begin
  • Nathan Bugh
  • Eric Fenn
  • Pamela Gaizutyte
  • Nina Gilkenson
  • Laura Glaess
  • Kate Hedin
  • Skye Humphries
  • Michael Jagger
  • Javier Johnson
  • William Mauvais
  • Kenny Nelson
  • Daniel Newsome
  • Mikey Pedroza
  • Mike Roberts
  • Michael Seguin
  • Elaine Silver
  • Jennifer Stout
  • Peter Strom
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Jon Tigert
  • Maeva Truntzer
  • Naomi Uyama
  • Bobby White

Camp runs from June 27 to July 4 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 2013. There is just too much that you won’t want to miss! The website continues to be updated with the latest info. Registration goes live on February 5 at 8:00pm.

Check out the website for information.

Beantown Camp 2013Plans for Beantown Camp 2013 are well under way! This will be #17 and everything is coming together for something pretty special! This year camp runs from June 27 to July 4th and we will be back on the beautiful Endicott 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!

The new registration format seemed to work well last year with the ability to register for Beantown separate from the housing and meal options.

New for this year will be the procedure for organizing the Lindy Hop tracks, with the majority of placements determined through an audition process. It is an ever-changing process with the intention to create the most ideal groups based on who attends each year.

Although much of the website is updated for 2013, 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 February 5th. 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.

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Hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. Time really does fly. We did have some really outstanding moments this year and also some really rough ones.

Losing my Mom this August was especially difficult coming only 15 months after my Dad, although it was a blessing as she had Alzheimer’s. Losing parents is truly life changing. Dealing with so much over the last couple of years has brought me and all my brothers and sisters closer together, something that is wonderful. I am sure my parents would be proud of us. I am also very grateful to everyone who reached out to me during this difficult time. It touched me deeply and helped me to deal with my sadness.

These days we still have the families of Newtown, CT very much on our minds. My brother and his family live in that town. Thankfully his 3 young children go to a school on the opposite end from Sandy Hook, although their school did go into lockdown that awful day. We visited Newtown on the way to my sister’s house on Christmas and the whole town is currently one big memorial to the victims. There is an unbelievable amount of stuffed animals, ornaments, flowers, banners, messages and other objects from all over the country. It is all so incredibly sad. Christmas was noticeably subdued this year and my brother told us about what it has been like and what’s been going on in Newtown. My brother-in-law told us about his friends who were among the first responders. We’ve been thinking about the numerous families directly effected by this tragedy and can’t imagine how they’ve been managing through the holidays.

Year-end is a time of reflection as we are reminded of the ups and downs of the past year. It is also a time of renewal and we look to 2013 with great optimism and thanks for the many wonderful positives. Dance is something that has brought so much to our lives (including each other), and one of our greatest hopes is that we can pass it forward. It moves our bodies, frees our minds and brings joy to our souls.

We want to send out a big thank you to all of the students who joined us in class this year from those who came to their very first classes to those who have been with us for a very long time. Classes are still the heart and soul of what we do. We love teaching and if we can be a little part of someone’s journey, it means the world to us.

Uptown Swing moved to a new venue this year. We enjoyed our time at Brookline Tai Chi and weren’t looking to move, but sometimes these situations we are thrown into turn out for the best. We are loving our new beautiful venue at KI. We’re still getting used to how large it is and hope to meet the challenge of filling it each month! So far it has been awesome and we’re looking forward to some wonderful nights in the new year.

People often ask why we do Beantown Camp each year as it can be quite an endeavor! We do have our moments of questioning our sanity, although it is our week actually at camp that renews our energy and our spirit. This year’s camp was just incredible from start to finish. It was a week full of smiles, passion, friendship, and pure joy! As we are currently in the midst of lots of planning, we’re already excited for what’s coming together for 2013!

As we close out 2012, we want to thank all of the wonderful people we have met and the friends we have made from near and far who have enriched our lives. We wish you all a very happy new year!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

What’s better than a gift of dance this holiday season! Here’s what you will find in the Hop to the Beat Shop:

  • Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas DVDsRyan 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 2012 DVDsBeantown Camp DVDs, including the 3 DVD set for 2012 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.