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Mardi Gras with Wolverine Jazz Band

February 24th, 2017 | Category: dances

It’s Mardi Gras weekend, so let’s party New Orleans style. We already have a swingin’ jazz band, so let’s add some loud costumes to the mix! Don your tutus, your bright colors, your shiny fabrics, masks you can dance in, and shake it all night to the Wolverine Jazz Band!

Since 1995 the Wolverine Jazz Band has been entertaining lovers of Traditional Jazz all over Boston and southern New England in town concerts, private functions and a long residence at the Sherborn Inn.  During that time they have also become favorites on the national festival circuit, performing in Arizona, Washington state, Tennessee, Ohio, Colorado and Florida for large audiences – including the swing dances which have become an important part of those festivals.  Comprised of up to seven of the finest local players in the idiom, the Wolverine Jazz Band is adept at music ranging from the ragtime era through the late swing period, all played with energy and an informed approach both to presentation and the music itself.

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

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

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DJ Night with DJs Miranda Lank and Katie Piselli

February 17th, 2017 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance with our local Boston DJs!

Miranda Lank
Miranda (aka DJ Legs Magoo) became addicted to dancing during her high school days in South Carolina and with DJing soon after. Along with DJing regularly at all three of South Carolina’s swing scenes, she has DJed for several lindy hop and blues events in the state, including Charleston Lindy Exchange, Greenville Lindy Exchange, Holy City Blues Exchange, and Swing Into Spring. Her favorite part about spinning tunes is inspiring people to get on the dance floor.

Katie Piselli
Katie loves to mix the old with the new. No matter what decade they’re from, she loves jazz songs with great rhythm and bass, killer vocalists, memorable melodies, and distinct instrumentals that inspire the imagination. (She also LOVES a good line dance or two.) As a regular social swing dancer and teacher in the Boston area, Katie particularly enjoys finding super swingin’ music for new dancers. To all social dancers, if you’re having fun, you’re doing it right. Enjoy the music!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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I >heart< Swing with Baby Soda Jazz Band

February 10th, 2017 | 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!

Baby Soda was formed in 2007 by musicians who met playing traditional jazz in the street and subway with The Loose Marbles. They get every dancer dancing, every foot tapping, and every hand clapping. The are best known for the uptempo style of street jazz. “With an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel,  the ensemble doesn’t desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.”

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

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

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Bryan Brundige and The Piggly Wigglies

February 03rd, 2017 | Category: dances

Band leader, Bryan Brundige started his journey with trombone when he was ten-years-old in Albany, NY and it has taken him all over country. This Friday he’s bringing three more band members, The Piggly Wigglies (bass, guitar, and drums) to keep us dancing hard all night! They have an upbeat traditional jazz sound and will play the “good ‘ol ones” for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Lesson (included in the price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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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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Kind of a Big Deal – Gordon Webster Band

January 21st, 2017 | Category: dances

 

Continue the Kind of a Big Deal dance party on Saturday night at Hibernian Hall with music by Gordon Webster Band featuring powerhouse vocalist Charles Turner!

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.

NO LESSON
Dancing: 9:00pm – 1:00am
General Admission: $30 at-the-door
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID):$25 at-the-door

Advanced ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Kind of a Big Deal – Falty & The Defects

January 20th, 2017 | Category: dances

 

Kick off the Friday night of Kind of a Big Deal Weekend at the beautiful Hibernian Hall with music by Falty & The Defects! (We are NOT at Extreme Dancesport this week!) Enjoy social dancing and cheering for competitions!

Falty & the Defects like to play, good old fashioned, hard swinging jazz and blues for ass shaking audiences. Falty & the Defects play everything, from sultry and slow to energetic and silly. They have a way of getting people to start to tap their foot or to shake uncontrollably. They have an infectious energy that spreads from the stage to the audience from the first downbeat. They are first and foremost a dance band, but listening audiences will be drawn in by their instrumentation, dynamics, and musicality.

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

Advanced ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

January 13th, 2017 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Extreme Dancesport for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and 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”.

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

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

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Sammy D & The Late Risers

January 06th, 2017 | Category: dances

Sammy D blew into town on a cornet chariot and the cats that join him got up late so they’re well rested on the bandstand, lean, mean and snappy!

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

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

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New Year’s Eve Vintage Ball

December 31st, 2016 | Category: dances

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Boston Swing Central presents:

The NEW YEAR’S EVE VINTAGE BALL
a swing dance party harking back to the lively 20’s, 30’s and 40’s!

December 31, 2016
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

7:30pm – Doors Open (tickets are available at-the-door)
8pm to 9pm – Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
9pm to 12:20am – Social Dancing

Featuring:
Live music by Craig Gildner & The Blue Sky 5 (from DC!)
Midnight sparkling cider toast
Vintage black-tie dress up (encouraged, not required)

Tickets will be available at-the-door: $50 general/$35 students and seniors

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

 

 

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DJ’d Social Dancing/Practice Night with DJ Mike Hibarger

December 30th, 2016 | Category: dances
BSC is open for a special social dancing/practice night!

 

Make note of the TIME CHANGE below (8:30-11:30pm). No official lesson, but our friendly scene will happily show you a move or two! Bring your friends to hang out, dance, practice, and listen to some DJ’d music!

Swing Dancing/Practice: 8:30 – 11:30pm
General Admission: $8

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

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DJ’d Social Dancing/Practice Night with DJ Natalie Eringros

December 23rd, 2016 | Category: dances
BSC is open for a special social dancing/practice night!
Make note of the TIME CHANGE below (8:30-11:30pm). No official lesson, but our friendly scene will happily show you a move or two! Bring your friends to hang out, dance, practice, and listen to some DJ’d music!

Swing Dancing/Practice: 8:30 – 11:30pm
General Admission: $8

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

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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

December 16th, 2016 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Extreme Dancesport for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and 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”.

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

$5 OFF if you present your Friday “Club Drosselmeyer” ticket stub at-the-door!

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

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

December 09th, 2016 | Category: dances

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era, all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina.  Some of their favorite arrangers include Fletcher Henderson and Sy Oliver, whose work was performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmie Lunceford.   With most of its musicians in their twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s.

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

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

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The Swing Legacy

December 02nd, 2016 | Category: dances

The Swing Legacy, a six piece “little big band” has been a fixture of the Boston swing dance scene since 1991 and BSC since the beginning, playing with a style informed by 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!

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

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

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Thanksgiving DJ Night with DJs Mike Hibarger and Natalie Eringros

November 25th, 2016 | Category: dances

Give thanks for jazz and swing dancing! (And dance off that Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers). DJs Mike Hibarger and Natalie Eringros with get you swinging post food coma. Come on out, bring a couple friends or family members along, and swing out!

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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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

November 18th, 2016 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Extreme Dancesport for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and 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”.

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

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

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Dan Fox Foxtet

November 11th, 2016 | Category: dances

The Foxtet is a six piece band led by trombonist Dan Fox and comprised of some of the best local musicians who have decades of combined experience playing for swing dancers. Fox has worked as a sideman at Boston Swing Central with Adrian Cunningham, The Lowdown Stompers, the Easy Winners and with Shawn Hershey. Expect a rock-solid beat and sweet, swinging horns playing tunes from the ’20’s and ’30’s at just the right tempos. Joining Dan on vocals for this evening is Deb Larkin.

 

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

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

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Vote for Swing! w/ DJs Miranda Lank and Dang Mai

November 04th, 2016 | Category: dances
We asked our two DJs for the evening to come up with their own candidates for a night we’re calling Vote for Swing!  DJ Miranda Lank selected  Thomas “Fats” Waller, the Harlem pianist and composer who helped to invent the art form we know as jazz.   And DJ Dang Mai will get you swaying to the earthy, authentic voice of “Lady Day” Billie Holiday, vocalist for Swing band legends like Count Basie and Artie Shaw.  Who would win in this swing music election?  We think the answer is everyone!  Come on out and Vote for Swing!

Miranda Lank

Miranda (aka DJ Legs Magoo) became addicted to dancing during her high school days in South Carolina and with DJing soon after. Along with DJing regularly at all three of South Carolina’s swing scenes, she has DJed for several lindy hop and blues events in the state, including Charleston Lindy Exchange, Greenville Lindy Exchange, Holy City Blues Exchange, and Swing Into Spring. Her favorite part about spinning tunes is inspiring people to get on the dance floor.

Dang Mai

Dang’s first foray into swing dancing happened in 2011 when he was lured in by a LivingSocial deal for a New School Swing class. Little did he know how many places that deal would take him, how many dancing friends he would make, and how many swing CDs he would end up hoarding as a result. His collection of music – ranging from the original 30s big bands such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Count Basie to modern swing bands like Jonathan Stout, Mint Julep Jazz Band and Gordon Webster – is constantly updated and is guaranteed to keep your feet triple stepping and shuffling well into the late nights.

 

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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Beantown Swing Orchestra

October 21st, 2016 | Category: dances

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era, all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina.  Some of their favorite arrangers include Fletcher Henderson and Sy Oliver, whose work was performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmie Lunceford.   With most of its musicians in their twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s.  For this dance, BSO will feature vocalist Kiva Trumbour.

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

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

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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

October 14th, 2016 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Extreme Dancesport for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and 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”.

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

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

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Rocco and The Stompers

October 07th, 2016 | Category: dances

Get ready to swing out hard ’cause Rocco and the Stompers are back! The 7-piece swing band specializes in the music of Duke Ellington and the bands his notable sidemen fronted, including Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard and others.  Only from the Stompers will you hear the hottest songs of the swing era brought back from obscurity, covering hip tunes by the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five, and the Count Basie and Benny Goodman small groups. Led by Boston-based arranger/composer Danny Rocco Fratina and stocked with the best local players, Rocco and the Stompers are here to get you on your feet with music for swing dancers of all experience levels.

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

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

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DJ Night with DJs Andrew Selzer & Stan Yen

September 30th, 2016 | Category: dances

 

Join us for a swing dance this Friday on the very last day of September! No experience necessary, no partner required. DJs Stan Yen and TBA will be spinning some tunes for us. This dance will also be extra Balboa friendly (since we have some Bal folks visiting from out of town, if you’re not familiar with Balboa or Bal, then you’ll see it and there will be a lot of songs where one can dance swing, lindy or Balboa). See you there!

First Set: Andrew Selzer
Andrew Selzer started DJing for weekly dances in the college town of State College, Pennsylvania; but these days he hails from Boston, Massachusetts. With over five years of experience dancing Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa all over the globe from Paris, France to New Orleans, Louisiana he brings to the table music true to the swing era that appeals to the international swing dance community.

Second Set: Stan Yen
Although he started swing dancing in 1997, Stan can still remember being captivated by Duke Ellington’s East St. Louis Toodle-Oo and Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue in a college class almost 10 years earlier. He started DJing out of necessity in 2010 when he and his wife, July, decided to grow the Balboa scene in the Boston area and needed to provide music for practices. Since then, he’s DJ’d locally at MNP, Uptown Swing and the BBJ in Providence while continuing to be the “House DJ” for Boston Balboa’s regular events. Recently, he was also the strictly competition and post-band DJ at the Great Lakes Balboa Escape in Chicago.

He has a thing for xylophones and songs about food or with unusual lyrics. He likes to stick with artists from the original Swing Era (with a particular fondness for the late 1930s), but that hasn’t stopped him from occasionally playing more contemporary songs so long as they make him want to dance — he hopes they’ll make you want to dance too.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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 Sunday – Evening Goodbye Dance

September 25th, 2016 | Category: dances

Come squeeze out those last few dance steps and say goodbye to our out of town friends! Join us for the last dance of the Dirty Water weekend at Extreme Danceport with DJs Katie Piselli and Dustin Spicuzza.

Dancing: 8:00pm – 10:00am
General Admission: $6 at-the-door

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

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Dirty Water Sunday – Afternoon Outdoor Dance (Lindy and Blues)

September 25th, 2016 | Category: dances

With some of the most beautiful views of downtown Boston, Piers Park is a hidden gem in East Boston! Come join your friends, new and old, for our annual Dirty Water Sunday afternoon outdoor Lindy and Blues dance on the harbor. DJs Natalie Eringros, Miranda Lank and RetroMike with spin some tunes for us! Since we will be dancing right on the water in autumn, we recommend you bring a jacket with you.

Natalie Eringros
An avid dancer, Natalie loves playing music that is contagious and makes it hard to sit down. She is proud to be a big part of Boston Swing Central: teaching, inspiring and supporting a wonderful family of dancers. Known for her joyful energy and playfulness, Natalie is always adding to her collection of songs, to inspire creativity, musicality, fun and keep the dance floor hoppin’!

 

Miranda Lank
Miranda (aka DJ Legs Magoo) became addicted to dancing during her high school days in South Carolina and with DJing soon after. Along with DJing regularly at all three of South Carolina’s swing scenes, she has DJed for several lindy hop and blues events in the state, including Charleston Lindy Exchange, Greenville Lindy Exchange, Holy City Blues Exchange, and Swing Into Spring. Her favorite part about spinning tunes is inspiring people to get on the dance floor.

 

RetroMike – aka Mike Hibarger
Mike H is a regular DJ at Boston Swing Central! There are about 84 years of recorded swing music and DJ Mike H dips into his diverse collection to play a little something for everyone from every era.

 

Social Dancing: 2:30pm-5:30pm
THIS DANCE IS FREE!

Piers Park
95 Marginal Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Take the Blue Line to Maverick
Free parking

www.dirtywaterlindy.org

 

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