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I >Heart< Swing! with Taryn Newborne & The Easy Winners

February 16th, 2018 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is very excited for one of our most beloved swing dances of the year!  This Valentine’s Day themed dance will feature our custom-designed Valentines and dancing Cupids to deliver them. Dress to impress in some red and pink and get ready to send your friends (and secret dance crushes) some Valentines!

Here to put us in the mood for dancing is Taryn Newborne & The Easy Winners!

Born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, vocalist Taryn Newborne is rooted deeply in the soil of a rich musical heritage. She has often said that she loves music so much, it hurts her feelings. After years of dancing in her local Lindy Hop scene, one of the major organizers suggested that Taryn put her own group together for dances. Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal was born. She’d finally found her home, situated between her love of singing and Lindy Hop. Since becoming a regular in her home scene, Taryn has had the opportunity to make guest appearances with Falty and the Defects, Ben Polcer, Jonathan Stout, Gordon Webster, The K-Night Owls, Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band All Stars.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $15

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Q Ballroom (formally called Extreme Dancesport)
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Natalie Eringros – President

February 23rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized
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Post-Kind of a Big Deal DJ Party

January 27th, 2017 | Category: dances

Wow, what a weekend! It was Kind of a Big Deal! And we’re all exhausted, elated, and energized, so let’s keep it going! Dancing this coming Friday is a great way to shake off the blues and this dreary weather.

Come on out, bring a couple friends or family members along, and swing out. DJs Andrew Selzer (Kind of a Big Deal winner!) and DJ Paul Loschak (DJ Loveshack) will keep us on the floor with their tunes!

New dancers welcomed here! No experience or partner required.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Extreme Dancesport
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess

February 06th, 2015 | Category: dances

Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess is a New York based ensemble specializing in American music from the late 1800s-1930s, primarily jazz and blues reminiscent of The Ziegfield Follies, The Great American Song Book, and early medicine shows. Led by Jessy’s unique talent for playing the washboard, the group is rounded out with the Hot Mess, which comprises of piano, banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and brass.

Despite their name, Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess are far from sounding like one. Check out this clip from a gig at the Whistle Stop.

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8pm – 9pm
Dancing: 9pm – midnight
General Admission: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Extreme Dancesport
26 New St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Natalie Eringros – President

January 04th, 2015 | Category: board_members,Staff

Natalie has always been drawn to arts, music and movement. She dabbled in folk, contra, ballet and ballroom dance, before discovering the Lindy Hop in 2009. This revelation has blossomed into a full-on dance addiction.

Natalie enjoys performing, competing and traveling to events all over the world. She holds several titles.  But her proudest achievements are being a big part of Boston Swing Central, organizing dance events, teaching, inspiring and supporting a wonderful family of dancers.  She is known for her energy, playfulness and joyful expression. Natalie believes in making every dance unique to each partner and music, and in creating an authentic dance conversation full of fun and happiness.

Email her at natalie@bostonswingcentral.org

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Post-New Year’s Eve DJ Party

January 02nd, 2015 | Category: dances

Tonight our DJs are going keep the New Year’s party going with some great swing.  It’s going to be our first dance of the year and we’re looking forward to a great year.  Kevin Lin will make his DJing debut in the first set tonight!

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Extreme Dancesport
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Dirty Water: Mona’s Hot Four+3 featuring Tamar Korn & Gordon Webster

September 27th, 2013 | Category: dances

At Boston Swing Central, we love when our universe collides and we can experience some of our favorite artists coming together to craft something similar to what we’ve heard from each of them separately, but also unique, fresh and spontaneous. That is what happens every Tuesday at Mona’s on Ave B in New York. You’ll find the core members of Mona’s Hot Four holed up for a trad jazz jam session that rivals any in the world. Musicians filter in around 11pm and queue up to get a chance to sit in with the Hot Four, with the towering names of Dennis Lichtman on clarinet, Gordon Webster on piano, Jared Engel on upright and Nick Russo on guitar.

Here they can be heard at the Jalopy theater, where they played a show in celebration of a documentary that was produced about their famed jam session:

Seriously, you don’t want to miss this intimate, improvisational and exciting performance! We’ll also be joined by some guest musicians who are dancers and regular players at Boston Swing Central to recreate the spontaneous vibe of Mona’s.

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:30am
General Admission: $25
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $20

Sorry no passes or coupons accepted during the exchange.

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Dirty Water: Jan Marie & the Mean Reds

September 26th, 2013 | Category: dances

Jan Marie will help us inaugurate Dirty Water 2013, our third year of Dirty Water with a set of swing, soul and blues. Jan Marie & the Mean Reds have really worked on their sound over the past year, and the last time they played Boston Swing Central they had a great groove going on.

Here Jan Marie rocks “Slap that Bass”…

You don’t want to miss our Dirty Water Lindy & Blues Exchange! It’s going to be such a great weekend of dancing, you won’t want to go back to work on Monday morning!  Dirty Water starts now!

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – Midnight(ish)
General Admission: $12

Students & Seniors: $10

Sorry no passes or coupons accepted during the exchange.

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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9:20 Special with our DJs

September 20th, 2013 | Category: dances

It’s 9/20 and what better way to celebrate this day than to have a tribute to Count Basie’s 9:20 Special. For those of you who don’t know this awesome tune…listen to it, here, off of an old 78rpm, listen carefully on earbuds and you can hear the static of the needle as it wobbles back and forth in the groove…

This tune is a true classic…so much so that it also herald’s the starting time of most of the bands at the BSC…

Tonight will be djed by RetroMike and special guest DJ Gina Helfrich

Lesson (included with admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students & Seniors: $8

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Swing Boot Camp with Mike

September 15th, 2013 | Category: dances

Have you ever wanted to learn to Lindy Hop but don’t have time to commit to a weekly class?  This is your chance! Our next weekend “crash course” workshop is 3 hours on Sunday March 3rd, Noon-3:00pm. Come learn from experienced teachers who are also social dancers in the Lindy Hop scene.

We will cover six count basic (East Coast Swing), basic eight count (Lindy Hop), and Charleston Basic. Moves include swing out, Lindy circle, swing out from closed, and side by side Charleston. At the end of this class, you will be able to attend a social dance and dance to music.

12:00 – 3:00 PM
$30 advanced on-line registration, $35 at the door (register here.)

Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland St
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Toni Lynn Washington Band

September 13th, 2013 | Category: dances

Toni Lynn Washington and her crack band are back at Boston Swing Central this Friday!   And they’re ready to rock the house!  A night of soulful, groovy swing music awaits!  Toni Lynn is  the first lady of Boston Blues and Swing,  a local legend, an institution, a master, and a treasure!   You don’t want to miss this!

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

September 06th, 2013 | Category: dances

Summer is fading fast…but not to worry! There’s an entire Fall and Winter loaded with tons of dancing. This September kicks off with the grandness that is Beantown Swing Orchestra. Frank Hsieh has been leading this full scale big band for a great many years and he’s wowed us with his parade of American Idol finalists and sparkling arrangements!

Tonight we’ll have the talented Jan Marie sitting in on vocals!

Here is a great highlight reel of Beantown Swing Orchestra over the last several years kicking off with our own teachers Brian & Kellian’s first dance at their wedding!

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop!
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Back to School Swing

August 30th, 2013 | Category: dances

It’s Labor Day weekend and school starts for a lot of people next Tuesday (or relatively soon). So come on out, get ready for an exciting new season of dancing at Boston Swing Central.

Dirty Water Lindy & Blues Exchange is coming up, along with a Fall Schedule that is packed with stars, Gordon Webster, Baby Soda, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Grand St. Stompers, Phil McGowan, White Heat Swing Orchestra, and Beantown Swing Orchestra. Our calendar is packed!

Tonight will be djed by RetroMike and Alex Abdoulaev

Lesson (included with admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students & Seniors: $8

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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White Heat Swing Sextet

August 23rd, 2013 | Category: dances

Bandleader, Craig Ball brings his White Heat Swing Sextet to the Crosby Whistle Stop.  This smaller combo is a subset of the White Heat Swing Orchestra which will feature a banjo player this time out and they’re guaranteed to get things cookin’!

Lesson (included with admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students & Seniors: $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Shawn Hershey & Jeremy Mohney Quintet

August 16th, 2013 | Category: dances

Shawn Hershey is a well-known Lindy Hop teacher and bandleader in the Boston scene and tonight, he’d like to introduce everyone to Shawn Mohney Quartet. Shawn met Jeremy Mohney at Lindy on the Rocks, a workshop weekend in Colorado where he sat in for a set on trumpet. Our good fortune has Jeremy and his band touring out our way and reuniting with Shawn for evening of hot jazz.

Here’s an easy breezy Summer tune for you.

Lesson (included with admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students & Seniors: $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Jan Marie & the Mean Reds

August 09th, 2013 | Category: dances

Jan Marie is a superlative dancer, and an amazing singer. She made her Boston Swing Central debut this past March and her band was outstanding. For years she has performed as a singer/sideman with Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, but now she’s got her own band, the Mean Reds to back her up. And as a bandleader, her choice of material is as good as her singing and dancing. She does it all…

And, as an experienced dancer, she knows what we want more than we know what we want! We’re very excited for her to play the Whistle Stop again!

Here she is rockin’ “Slap that Bass”…

Lesson (included with admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students & Seniors: $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Swingin’ on the Charles – Special Saturday Dance

August 03rd, 2013 | Category: dances

Swingin’ on the Charles is back!

This is what Summer is all about! Dancing outside, at sunset, on the banks of the River Charles. We Love that Dirty Water! This is one of the year’s most magical nights of dance. It just doesn’t get any better than this. A summer classic and definitely a dance you’ll be thinking about next Winter when you’re driving down Storrow on a grey day.

Tickets will be available at Community Boating tonight!

See you soon! 7PM is the start time!

You don’t want to miss this dance (schedule your vacation for another weekend, we only do this once a year).

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Dancing: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
General Admission: $15 (check out our website for advance tickets)
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13
(Rain date is Aug 17th)

Community Boating (on the banks of the River Charles near the Hatch Shell)
21 David Mugar Way (Charles MGH T-Stop)
Boston, MA 02114

Validated Parking at Mass Eye & Ear is $7, please bring ticket to desk at CBI for validation.

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The Swing Legacy

August 02nd, 2013 | Category: dances

The Swing Legacy, a six piece little big band has been a fixture of the Boston swing scene since 1991 and BSC since the beginning, playing with style and informed of the great big bands from the swing era. Their repertoire concentrates on classic big band swing music including many Duke Ellington and Count Basie numbers ideal for Lindy Hop and swing dancing. Much of their great catalog of songs showcases their phenomenal singer, Debby Larkin. It promises to be a night full of killer-diller arrangements that will keep you dancing all night long!

Here they are playing “Roll ’em Pete” at the Whistle Stop…

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Celebrated Summer & the Jazz Fool from our Illustrious BSC DJs

July 26th, 2013 | Category: dances

Tonight, we’re celebrating Summer. And because it’s a DJ night, we don’t have much to present here, but we did find this awesome old Mickey Mouse cartoon for you viewing pleasure…

Our DJs will look to Mickey’s Jazz Fool for some lighthearted inspiration and wherever else they decide to take us, it will surely be a swingin’ affair. Dj’s tonight will be Gina Helfrich and RetroMike

Lesson: 8pm to 9pm (included with admission)
Dancing: 9pm to 12 midnight
Admission: $10 (general), $8 (students and seniors with valid ID)

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate (SPECIAL EVENT)

July 21st, 2013 | Category: dances

Come join us for a Boston Swing Central Field Trip! We’re taking our dance up to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate for our first vintage swing festival. And this is going to be humdinger of a Sunday afternoon! So pack your picnic, put on those glad rags and get in that jalopy and head up to Ipswich for the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party featuring Baby Soda with Tamar Korn, vintage fair and vintage attire contest, Ipswich Ale, Mill River Winery, Ipswich Shellfish Fish Company, dance performances and lessons all on the spacious and beautiful grounds of the Crane Estate.

There will also be vintage cars, croquet and bocce ball.

We hope that you can attend, experience and bring your energy to this event. The Lawn Party is something super special that we’ve been planning and working on since last November. You really really don’t want to miss this! We are hoping that the Crane Estate will be happy with the event and they’ll let us make the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party and annual occurrence. Tickets available at the Crane Estate on the day of the event. Gate opens at 2:30pm at the Castle Hill.

roaring 20s website slideshow banner

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Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners

July 19th, 2013 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners return to this Whistle Stop with their awesome hot jazz charts that are good for your soul! The Easy Winners always bring an exciting air to the Whistle Stop!  And this Friday will be no exception, digging deep into their catalog of hits from the past, they’ll light fire to tunes like the 1921 Eddie Cantor hit: “Margie” and Louis Armstrong’s “You Rascal You”.

Here are the Easy Winners back in March, lighting up our stage with their joyous & blissful version of “Everybody Loves My Baby”…

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Toni Lynn Washington + the Lemonade Stand

July 12th, 2013 | Category: dances

No, the Lemonade Stand is not the name of Toni Lynn Washington’s backing band…even better!  It’s exactly what you think it is, a full-blown Lemonade Stand, with fresh-squeezed lemonade to parch our heatwave-strained brains. 

lemonade stand

So c’mon out, enjoy the libations…we did this the last two years and the girls working at the Lemonade Stand squeezed over 80 lemons each night…they look to beat their record this year…

Toni Lynn Washington and her crack band will provide the soulful and deep swingin’ soundtrack to a perfect Summer’s evening of dancing…

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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All-American Swing

July 05th, 2013 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is extending the 4th of July celebration this July 5th with our annual night of All-American Swing. 

That means that the Bjork,  Swedish and French songs DJ RetroMike occasionally plays will have to wait another day…for tonight we’re going to be true to the Red, White & Blue and only play American artists!  Americans like Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sidney Bechet (who sounds French but is as American as apple pie).  So, come on out and celebrate all that is American with American music and an American dance: The Lindy Hop!

Wear red, white, blue or all three on any combination on this night!

Lesson: 8pm to 9pm (included w/ admission)
Dancing: 9pm to 12pm

Admission: $10 General Admission, $8 for Students and Seniors

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Johnny Boyd (from Indigo Swing)

June 21st, 2013 | Category: dances

After too many years to count, Johnny Boyd from Indigo Swing makes his triumphant return to Boston. You should know that our staff at BSC goes to great lengths to secure you the best bands and talent orbiting our big blue marble and this is one of those special nights that you don’t want to miss!

Johnny Boyd and Indigo Swing were legendary back in the day. Indigo Swing was a very special band and left a legacy of great recorded music that is still played by many DJs at swing dances across the country. Johnny has assembled a new band that he swears “cuts glass”. Sharp as a diamond, and gleaming too…

Here they are rehearsing “Violent Love” in Johnny’s living room for the upcoming tour…always a staple of the Indigo Swing setlist.

…vibratin’, swingin’, like some sort of 241st chorus of Mexico City in the Nirvanas of your brain, he was tight.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $15

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Emily Asher’s Garden Party (from Brooklyn)

June 07th, 2013 | Category: dances

Emily Asher’s Garden Party returns to the Crosby Whistle Stop! Just another band out of Brooklyn that is red hot and trad! Just the way we like it. Uptempo and sassy…and fronted by Emily Asher who has played for us many times with Baby Soda and others. Emily also brings a band full of great musicians who have frequented our space on numerous occasions with other bands like the Gordon Webster Band. Get excited this lady knows how to swing and she will bring it!

Check out their version of Louis Armstong’s “Struttin’ with Some Barbeque” at the Whistle Stop from back in February.

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

The Crosby Whistle Stop
24 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

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