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DJ Night – Aug 26th

August 26th, 2022 | Category: dances

DJ’s to be announced…

We are still requiring that all attendees show proof of full vaccination including at least one booster and also wear a high-quality mask (no cloth masks or gaiters, but rather an N95, surgical mask or something of that nature) the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Beginner Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Note: Advance tickets will be available until Thursday at 10pm, after that time, you’ll have to wait and get tickets at-the-door.

Advance Tickets (day before dance) (click here):
General Admission: $11

Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $8

 

At-the-door (Day of Dance) admission: $13
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $10

 

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Swing Boot Camp with Mike

August 21st, 2022 | Category: dances,Lessons

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 Aug 21, 11am-2:00pm. 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.

11:00AM – 2:00 PM
$40 advanced on-line registration, $45 at the door (register here.)

Denehy Park in Cambridge, New St parking lot (meet there).

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Dan Fox & the Roaring Foxes

August 19th, 2022 | Category: dances

The Roaring Foxes is a new band led by local trombonist Dan Fox. The group plays everyone’s favorite tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s but also throws in a few surprises from the 70’s and 80’s, always keeping a perfect beat and tempo to dance to. 

Fox has worked as a sideman at Boston Swing Central with many bands. Expect a rock-solid beat and sweet, swinging horns playing tunes from the ’20’s and ’30’s at just the right tempos.

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Advance Tickets will be available until 10pm on Thursday before the dance, after that: tickets must be purchased at-the-door.
Advance tickets (before day of event) General Admission: $18
Advance tickets (before day of event) Students and Seniors (65+)(with Valid ID): $13

At-the-door (day of the event) General Admission: $20

At-the-door (day of the event) Students and Seniors(65+)(w/ Valid IDs): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please note: our covid policy still requires proof of full vaccination plus the booster. You must send one in advance or bring to the dance and show them at-the-door (photo on a phone is acceptible). And masks (please, no cloth ones, just: N95, KN95, KF94, or surgical masks) while in the building. Thank you for your understanding.

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Elise Roth & the Harvard Squares

August 12th, 2022 | Category: dances

Elise Roth and her seven-piece Orchestra the Harvard Squares encapsulates the spirit of the Swing Era. Often compared vocally to Judy Garland Elise embraces the resemblance. You’ll hear plenty of Judy’s repertoire expressively sung by Miss Roth. Loved by dancers and jazz enthusiasts alike, this ensemble is led by vocalist Elise Roth, the “poster girl” for the vintage music and dance scene in Boston and beyond!

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Advance Tickets (available by clicking here)

General Admission: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID, 65+): $13

Day of Event, at-the-door ticket prices

General Admission: $22

Students and Seniors(with valid ID, 65+): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Pre-Lawn Party DJ Party – August 5

August 05th, 2022 | Category: dances

DJs Mari Foster and Elizabeth Glavin will be spinning tonight for us!

We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Beginner Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Advance Tickets (days before dance) (click here):
General Admission: $11

Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $8

At-the-door (Day of Dance) admission: $13
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $10

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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River Street Six and DJ night

July 29th, 2022 | Category: dances

The River Street Six are a new band in town consisting of mostly, if not, all dancers! This dancer created band is a labor of love, but as the band is new, and just getting their feet wet in playing for all of us, so they will only be performing only one set tonight from 10-11pm. Don’t forget to clap hard and make a lot of noise in support of them!


We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination including booster and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) Please no cloth masks or gaiters. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Band set: 10:00pm -11:00pm

Advance Tickets (click here):
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors: $10 (with valid ID, 65+)

At-the-door admission: $18
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID, 65+): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners

July 22nd, 2022 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan is back behind the drumkit with Easy Winners!


We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination including booster and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) Please no cloth masks or gaiters. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am

Advance Tickets (click here):
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors: $13

At-the-door admission: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Hot Sugar Band (from France) SOLD OUT!

July 15th, 2022 | Category: dances

We’re beyond excited to welcome the Hot Sugar Band on their first US tour! And they’re bringing their full 8-piece band including vocalist Nicolle Rochelle! Check them out in the above video and you’ll get an idea of how special this band is. You don’t want to miss this one! We’re also working on capturing a live recording of this historic Boston Swing Central debut!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Dancing: 8:30pm – 11:45am
Advance tickets (before day of dance) click links below:

SOLD OUT: General Admission: $28
SOLD OUT: Students and Seniors(65+) (with Valid ID): $20

Day of dance/At-the-door tickets (there may be a very small number of tickets available at the door, < 10)

We will also let some people in as people leave the dance, but probably not until 10-10:30pm. Sorry.

General Admission: $32

Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid ID): $25

Note: No passes or coupons are accepted for this event.

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

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Cassidy & the Orleans Kids

July 08th, 2022 | Category: dances

Cassidy Holden is a musician specializing in double bass, guitar, and banjo. He has been playing BSC events such as the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party for the last 5-6 years, on our Casino Stage, as well as leading Florence’s Glad Rags Strut & Stroll procession up Castle Hill and back down. Which is to say, he can play and walk at the same time! If you’re new to BSC, he likely won’t be playing and walking, but he will be delivering us with some fine swing tune mojo via New Orleans, where he also lived for the last several years.


We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination including booster and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) Please no cloth masks or gaiters. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am

Advance Tickets (click here):
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors: $13

At-the-door admission: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Billy Novick & the Shades of Swing

June 24th, 2022 | Category: dances

Billy Novick has played with an awful lot of bands that have come through Boston Swing Central, some notables are Gordon Webster Band, Amy Kucharik, and the Swing Legacy. But tonight, Billy steps out of the shade, and into the spotlight: singing and playing reeds tonight. The musicians staying in the shadows, promise to swing really hard for us and Billy.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45am
Advance tickets (before day of dance) click links below:

General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors(65+) (with Valid ID): $13

Day of Dance tickets:

General Admission: $20

Students and Seniors(65+)(with Valid ID): $15

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

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DJ Night – June 17th

June 17th, 2022 | Category: dances

Our DJs will create a sonic landscape that will be a dream to dance in.

We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Beginner Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Advance Tickets (days before dance) (click here):
General Admission: $11
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $8

At-the-door (Day of Dance) admission: $13
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $10

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Annie & the Fur Trappers

June 03rd, 2022 | Category: dances

Annie & the Fur Trappers make their Boston Swing Central return!

Annie and the Fur Trappers are a Boston based traditional jazz and blues band which formed in 2016. Originally founded in St. Louis, Missouri, the band currently includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bass, banjo/guitar, and washboard. Annie and the Fur Trappers is dedicated to performing and preserving the music of the 1920s and 30s today.

The band relocated to the Boston during the pandemic, and they’re one of our new favorites! They have been working on recording a new album at PBS studios which is expected to be released sometime in 2023.   You can buy and listen to some of their music here.

Please note: must be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend. And must wear a mask, we recommend KN95, N95 or KF94 or surgical masks. Please don’t wear cloth masks or gaiters. We also ask that if you are attending, please try to limit attending other large events 3-4 days before attending Boston Swing Central. Thank you!

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm
Advance General Admission: $18
Advance Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

At the door admissions, available tonight, (event is not sold out)

General: $20

Student/Senior: $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Memorial Day Weekend DJ Jam – Fri May 27th

May 27th, 2022 | Category: dances

This Memorial Day weekend, we will feature DJ’s Natalie Eringros and Elizabeth Glavin. Elizabeth makes her Boston Swing Central DJ debut!

Elizabeth has been sharing her love for early jazz since 2015 as a DJ at dances, exchanges, and events throughout the Southeast. She’s thrilled to be bringing that love up north! A floor in her care can expect to enjoy a wide variety of swing-era recordings from her collection alongside tunes from some of today’s top musicians- and probably at least one killer scat solo.

Natalie is familiar fixture on the BSC dance floor! She’s a high-energy dancer and DJ, and also a Boston Swing Central board member and president!

We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Beginner Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm

Advance Tickets (days before dance) (click here):
General Admission: $11
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $8

At-the-door (Day of Dance) admission: $13
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $10

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Grand Slam Jazz Band – Friday May 13th

May 13th, 2022 | Category: dances

Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, and Peggy Lee  – This sounds like a Grand Slam! 

Join us for a really swingin’ night of music put together by Justin Meyer.  With a vibraphone! This is one of our most exciting new bands.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am


Advance tickets (before the day of event) General Admission: $18
Advance tickets (before the day of event) Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid IDs): $13

At-the-door (day of the event) General Admission: $20
At-the-door (day of the event) Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid IDs): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

Note: Proof of full vaccination including the booster required, and we will continue with requiring masks at dances (no cloth masks, please).

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The Easy Winners – Friday May 6th

May 06th, 2022 | Category: dances

Join us for a swingin’ night of dancing to live music with The Easy Winners w/ vocalist Sarah Gardner.   NOTE: we are back on Fridays! This dance is Friday May 6th! Which is also the Friday where we celebrate, the Revenge of the Sixth!! Yes, it’s the return of the Jedi, we’re busting out the lightsabers for a little Han Solo jazz competition!! No entry fee, but you’ll have to pass the first test of the Jedi to earn the right to handle a lightsaber in battle!!

We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am

Advance Tickets (before day of event) General Admission: $18

Advance Tickets (before day of event) Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid IDs): $13

At-the-door (day of event) General Admission: $20

At-the-door (day of event) Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid IDs): $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

Note: Proof of full vaccination including the booster required, and we will continue with requiring masks at dances (no cloth masks, please).

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Amy K & The Mezzcats Featuring Cassidy Holden

April 23rd, 2022 | Category: dances

Mezz (n.): anything supreme, genuine. Ex., “this is really the mezz.”
Cat (n.): musician in swing band. (via Cab Calloway’s 1939 Hepster’s Dictionary.


Amy Kucharik first met trombonist Tim Lewandowski dancing at a Boston Swing Central dance, and the two have been friends ever since. They became musical collaborators over a decade ago and a few years ago founded the Mezzcats along with fellow dancer / pianist Michael Valdez and clarinetist Billy Novick.  Amy and her bands are known around New England for a variety of styles and tempos tailor-made for partner dancers; as Friends With Benefits they have played swing dances at Elm City Exchange and several regional dances. To make this occasion really the mezz, the band will feature BSC favorite guitarist and vocalist Cassidy Holden. These cats will play authentic 1920s and 30s swing with a few modern twists (and a few of Amy’s original tunes) for an evening that’s sure to blow your top!

Please note: must be Fully Vaccinated and Boosted to attend. And must (for the time being) wear a KN95, N95 or KF94 mask or paper surgical mask, please no cloth masks yet, they say these are somewhat worthless. We also ask that if you are attending, please try to limit attending other large events 3-4 days before attending Boston Swing Central. We are still hearing about 1 reported case of a person testing positive after each of our recent dances, so please be vigilant, and also please tell us if you do test positive.

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm
Advance General Admission: $18 (before the day of the event)
Advance Students and Seniors (65+) (with Valid ID): $13 (before the day of the event)

At-the-door admissions (day of the event): Tickets will be available at-the-door tonight!

General: $20

Student/Senior: $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Saturday DJ Night with DJ Javier Johnson

April 09th, 2022 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is excited to have DJ Javier Johnson come up from Connecticut to spin for us Saturday April 9th.

Javier Johnson is a rocket scientist by trade. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes teaching in Balboa and soul. From the basics with Basie to hot jazz of Django, he’ll play almost anything as long as it’s good and has a little spice to it. And he’s found a lot of great tunes he wishes to showcase so we’re having him DJ the whole night.

We’re will also be providing another Advanced Beginner class before the dance, and before the beginner lesson. So sign up for that if you’re interested and take your dancing beyond our beginner lesson! Then stick around and angel (assist), or switch roles in our beginner lesson. Or go grab some food or drink.

We will have limited attendance capacity and will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

Beginner Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Adv Beginner Lesson ($5) 7:00pm -8:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am

Advance Tickets before dance (click here) currently closed for today but tickets available at-the-door:
General Admission: $11
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $8
Advanced Beginner Lesson: $5

At-the-door (Day of Dance) admission: $13
Students (w/ Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $10
Adv Beginner Lesson: $5

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Gordon Webster Band at Crystal Ballroom

March 26th, 2022 | Category: dances

A brief update: tonight’s dance is on! We hope to see you there! There will be tickets available at-the-door! Gordon Webster tested positive for covid yesterday and will not be able to make the trip! The rest of his band, plus a few additional players will be taking over for him and we assure you tonight is going to be a great night of dancing in a beautiful venue!!!

We are excited to christen Crystal Ballroom with the very talented and amazing Gordon Webster on Saturday, March 26th!!! This will be our first Boston Swing Central dance at Crystal Ballroom! This venue is beautiful, so we’re hoping and encouraging everyone to get all dolled and dappered up! There will also be alcohol available at the bar at this venue, so that is something different, please be sure to tip the staff.

For those not familiar with Gordon Webster, he is a virtuosic piano player/band leader from New York. Over the last 20 years he has played for swing dancers around the globe, developing a reputation as one of the most loved and adored bandleaders. He has been playing piano since he was 4 and he even knows how to Lindy Hop, so he really knows what dancers like. His repertoire brings a full dynamic range that utilizes all 90-odd years of jazz and swing into an intoxicating and unforgettable night of dancing that you really don’t want to miss!

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We are excited to christen Crystal Ballroom with the very talented and amazing Gordon Webster on Saturday, March 26th!!! This will be our first Boston Swing Central dance at Crystal Ballroom! This venue is beautiful, so we’re hoping and encouraging everyone to get all dolled and dappered up! There will also be alcohol available at the bar at this venue, so that is something different, please be sure to tip the staff.

For those not familiar with Gordon Webster, he is a virtuosic piano player/band leader from New York. Over the last 20 years he has played for swing dancers around the globe, developing a reputation as one of the most loved and adored bandleaders. He has been playing piano since he was 4 and he even knows how to Lindy Hop, so he really knows what dancers like. His repertoire brings a full dynamic range that utilizes all 90-odd years of jazz and swing into an intoxicating and unforgettable night of dancing that you really don’t want to miss!

Advanced Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (an extra $5 with admission, see form below) 6:30pm-7:30pm

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (price included with admission): 7:30-8:30pm
Social dancing: 8:30pm-12:15am

Advanced Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (an extra $5 with admission, see form below) 6:30pm-7:30pm

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson (price included with admission): 7:30-8:30pm
Social dancing: 8:30pm-12:15am

Advance Ticket Purchase also available through Ticketmaster: $28 General Admission, $20 Student/Senior (+Ticketmaster fees, these ticket prices do not include their fees, sorry)

At-the-door Ticket Prices $32 General Admission $23 Student/Senior

Similar to all previous dances, we will have limited attendance and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination and to wear masks (we will not be requiring N95 masks for this dance) the entire time (except while actively drinking) while in the venue (including while dancing!).

Sorry, we are not accepting passes or coupons for this dance.

Crystal Ballroom Address:
55 Davis Square (at Somerville Theater)
Somerville, MA 02144

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Justin Meyer’s Lemonade Jazz Brigade

March 04th, 2022 | Category: dances

Justin Meyer is back with a new combo, the Lemonade Jazz Brigade.  We’re really looking forward to it! Things are slowly getting back to a new normal…

Please note: must be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend. And must (for the time being) wear a KN95, N95 or KF94 mask. We also ask that if you are attending, please try to limit attending other large events 3-4 days before attending Boston Swing Central. Thank you!

Beginning Swing Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 11:45pm
Advance General Admission: $18
Advance Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

At the door admissions

General: $20

Student/Senior: $15

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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I >heart< Swing with the Easy Winners

February 19th, 2022 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is excited to return with our Valentines-themed dance featuring live music by the Easy Winners! As in previous years, this dance will feature our custom-designed Valentines and dancing Cupids to deliver them. Dress to impress in red and pink, and prepare for a night of dancing and valentines fun!


Please remember to review our COVID safety and vaccination requirements (below) to ensure that you are able to attend the dance.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, very very small number of tickets will be available at the door, there may be additional tickets available for people arriving at around 10pm. Get there really early or late (around 10, 10:30pm).

To register in advance, visit the following page: February Dance RegistrationFacebook event here: “I <3 Swing” Dance
Note that it has been a hard month for our host dance venue, Q Ballroom, as they’re missing the revenue from our rentals in addition to an increase in rent. We will be donating all proceeds from this dance to the studio. If you are able, you can donate via BSC here: paypal.me/bostonswingcentral(Note that this may be tax-deductible, as Boston Swing Central is a 501(c)3 non-profit).

COVID Safety and Vaccination Reminders:

  1. We now require a booster shot of either Pfizer or Moderna for all dance attendees. If you have not yet received a booster or are not eligible, we will require that your last shot be within 7 months of the date of the dance you are attending (for Pfizer or Moderna), and 3 months for a single shot of J&J.
  2. We now require a KN95, N95 or KF94 mask with a better seal for all attendees. Cloth masks, gaiters, etc. will not meet our masking requirements.
  3. We request that all attendees plan accordingly before attending the dance. Out of consideration for all of our dance attendees, we ask that you plan to distance from social interaction with large crowds and unmasked individuals for 3-4 days before the dance, with a goal of avoiding inadvertent spread to our community. While we cannot enforce this, we consider it an honor system, knowing that this will allow us to continue running dances without putting our community members at greater risk.
  4. We will space our dances out to help us catch outbreaks and will notify all attendees through email, should anyone in attendance test positive for COVID. We have been doing this throughout the fall, and have been able to notify attendees in a timely manner so that they can quarantine as needed.

While these are challenging times, our hope is that this thoughtful collaboration and consideration within our dance community will allow us to continue hosting dances as we adjust to new COVID waves and restrictions.

Advanced Beginner Lesson: 7pm-8pm

Beginner Lesson 8pm-9pm

Social Dancing 9pm-midnight

Q Ballroom

26 New St

Cambridge, MA 02138

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February Update

February 19th, 2022 | Category: dances

We hope you’re hanging in there and we really appreciate those who have supported us through this. We are excitedly working on a Valentine’s Day dance set for February 19th. See details below.

It’s been a really hard month over at Q Ballroom, they’re missing the revenue from our rentals, and their rent went up on January 1st. We will be donating all proceeds from this dance to them. If you can and wish to help them out, donate via BSC here: paypal.me/bostonswingcentral (this may be tax-deductible, Boston Swing Central is a 501(c)3 non-profit).

We’re not quite sure what 2022 holds in store for all of us, but we continue to watch the news and we’re hopeful that this is a momentary blip. If you wish to attend the dance in the future, we will be requiring the booster, or the 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer be administered by July 21, 2021 or more recently. If you had a single shot of J&J, you should’ve received the shot by November 21st or later. If you have the booster, and any of these 3 types of shots, the booster suffices for right now. And of course, the dance will be masked, we recommend getting a KN95, KF94 or N95 mask, as we will not be allowing cloth masks, gaiters and surgical masks.

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Extended Dance: Gordon Webster with Hannah Gill

December 18th, 2021 | Category: dances

We are excited to welcome Gordon Webster back at the end of this month with Hannah Gill as a special guest! Gordon has played for swing dancers around the globe and always brings a wonderful energy and music for dancers.This night will feature two dances: One regular and one late night option. We encourage you to come for both if you are able! In addition to the dances, there will be a Winner Takes All solo competition. The entrance fee to participate is $3, and the winner of the competition will take the pooled entrance fees (or can donate to a dance organization of their choice!)

Lesson (price included with admission): 8:00-9:00pm
Regular dance: 9:00pm-midnight SOLD OUT!!! Please do not show up at the door tonight.
Late Night Swing and Blues dance: 11pm-2:00am (We will have a very small number of admissions available for this, please do not show up any early than 10:45pm tonight, if you’re planning on this option. Thank you!)

Similar to all previous dances, we will have limited attendance and will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!). We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.


Day-of Late Night only (after 11pm): $20
Day-of Late Night only for students/seniors (after 11pm): $15

(We have a small number of tickets for the late night, please do not show up any earlier than 10:45pm tonight. Thank you!) If you cannot attend, please email info@bostonswingcentral.org to join us on zoom for this dance.

Sorry, we are not accepting passes or coupons for this dance.

Q Ballroom Address:
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Calling All Zombies XIII

October 30th, 2021 | Category: dances

We’re back for our 13th “Calling All Zombies” Halloween dance! This dance will be held on Saturday, October 30th at Q Ballroom, with live music by the Ghoulsome Jazz Band featuring Justin “Spooky” Meyers and the rest of the graveyard cats.

Note that we will have limited attendance and will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks the entire time they are in the venue (including while dancing!) We recommend testing your mask in advance to ensure that you are able to move and breathe in it without it falling down. In addition to required masking, we will have windows open and fans running throughout.

There will be a lesson from 8:00-9:30pm and dancing from 9:30pm-midnight, including a costume contest at 10:30pm. This lesson will feature special choreography by Maria “The Dancing Brain” Kaklowski, & Natalie “The Grim Leaper” Eringros.

Some tickets will be available at the door tonight:
Day-of General admission: $20
Day-of student/senior admission: $17

Advance ticketing is closed for now. Get there early tonight.

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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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