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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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December 11: DJ Holiday Party!

December 13th, 2021 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central will host DJ Holiday Party this Saturday December 11 with DJs Ali-Cat (first set) and Dustin Spicuzza (2nd set).

We’re will also provide an Advanced Beginner class series 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.

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

Advance Tickets (click here):
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $8
Advanced Beginner Lesson: $5

At-the-door admission: $12
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $10
Adv Beginner Lesson: $5

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

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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

November 20th, 2021 | Category: dances

Join us for a swingin’ night of dancing to live music with Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners.   NOTE: this is a Saturday event!

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

Tickets will be available at the door, tonight!!!

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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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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DJ Dang Mai and DJ Dustin Spicuzza – CANCELLED

March 27th, 2020 | Category: dances

Sorry folks, we’ve suspended the dance until further notice.

 

Join us for a swing dance with our local Boston DJs, DJ Dang Mai and DJ Dustin Spicuzza!

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

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

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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners – CANCELLED

March 20th, 2020 | Category: dances

Sorry folks, we’ve suspended the dance until further notice.

 

The Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Q Ballroom 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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Grand Slam Jazz Band CANCELLED

March 13th, 2020 | Category: dances
Sorry to inform you, but Boston Swing Central is suspending the dance until further notice.  Please be safe, stay healthy and keep dancing at home, do some solo jazz or learn the shim sham.  You can find some great videos on YouTube.  Take care and we hope to be back dancing sometime soon.
Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, and Peggy Lee  – This sounds like a Grand Slam!  Join us for the debut of a new band put together by Justin Meyer.  We’ll have a Boston Swing Central first: a vibraphone player!
Yes, this band will have Rich Greenblatt on vibes as well as big band stalwart Steve Taddeo bringing his best Gene Krupa beats.  Also Billy Novick on clarinet, Eric Baldwin on guitar, Sarah Gardner on vocals and the very talented band leader, Justin Meyer on bass.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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The Swing Legacy

March 06th, 2020 | 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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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DJ Alli-Cat and DJ Katie Piselli

February 28th, 2020 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance with our local Boston DJs, DJ Alli-Cat (first set) and DJ Katie Piselli (second set)!

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

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

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Hunter Burgamy’s New Orleans Serenaders

February 21st, 2020 | Category: dances

Hunter Burgamy is a 23 year old guitarist, bassist, and tenor banjoist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Deeply rooted in his native towns’ traditions of blues, funk, and jazz, he aims to transcend genre through his musicianship by his interest in these roots, as well as contemporary and classical musics, and world folk musics, a passion of his.

He is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, with a background in classical and jazz theory and over a decades years experience in performance.

His music has taken him to perform throughout the major music and festival scene of New Orleans and New England, as well as cities throughout Cuba, Brasil, Iceland, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Japan, and others. Hunter has worked at New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music c/o 2018.

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

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

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I >Heart< Swing! with DJ Andrew Selzer and DJ retroMike

February 14th, 2020 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is very excited for one of our most beloved swing dances of the year!  This Valentine’s Day 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 DJ Andrew Selzer and DJ retroMike.

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

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

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

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The Easy Winners

February 07th, 2020 | Category: dances

The Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Q Ballroom 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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Justin Meyer & The Meyertet

January 31st, 2020 | Category: dances

Join us for a swingin’ night of dancing with Justin Meyer & The Meyertet!

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

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

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DJ Night – DJ Dang Mai & DJ Alli-Cat

January 24th, 2020 | Category: dances

DJ Dang Mai & DJ Alli-Cat will be spinning tunes for us.

 

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

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

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Kind of a Big Deal (Saturday) – Gordon Webster Band at Hibernian Hall

January 18th, 2020 | Category: dances

Join us for night two of Kind of a Big Deal Weekend at the beautiful Hibernian Hall featuring Gordon Webster Band! AND don’t miss the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend contest finals!

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.

Lesson (solo jazz with Jon Tigert): 7:00-8:00pm
Dancing: 8:00pm – 1:45am
General Admission: $37 at-the-door
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID):$28 at-the-door

Advance ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

NOTE: NOT AT Q BALLROOM!!

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Kind of a Big Deal (Friday) – Gordon Webster Band at Hibernian Hall

January 17th, 2020 | Category: dances

Join us for the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend opening dance at the beautiful Hibernian Hall featuring Gordon Webster Band with vocalist Hannah Gill!

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.

NOTE: NOT AT Q BALLROOM!!

Special Solo Jazz Lesson with Jenna Applegarth: 8:00-9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 1:15am
General Admission:$37 at-the-door
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID):$28 at-the-door

Advance ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

NOTE: NOT AT Q BALLROOM!!

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Toni Lynn Washington Band

January 10th, 2020 | Category: dances

Toni Lynn Washington and her band are back at Boston Swing Central 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 w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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DJs Kevin Lin and Marta Pedrero

January 03rd, 2020 | Category: dances

Join us for the first swing dance of the decade with our local swing DJs Kevin Lin and Marta Pedrero!

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

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

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New Year’s Eve Pa-JAM-a Party!

December 31st, 2019 | Category: dances

Come join BSC and friends for a casual New Year’s Eve celebration in your most comfortable threads, or your best PJs (onesies highly encouraged!). Spend a fun night dancing and playing creative games, followed by a midnight toast. Never been before? No problem! We’ll have a beginner lesson for you. Let’s swing in the New Year together!

8:00pm – 9:00pm – Swing Lesson
9:00pm – 12:15am – Social Dancing and Games

Purchase tickets in advance using our “pay-what-you-can” campaign HERE.

OR tickets will be available at the door:

General admission at-the-door: $20
Students/Seniors (w/valid ID) at-the-door: $14

Watertown Central Rock Gym – Yoga Studio
74 Acton St, Watertown, MA

 

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CLOSED – Have a Swingin’ Holiday!

December 27th, 2019 | Category: dances

BOSTON SWING CENTRAL IS CLOSED TODAY.

Many of our dancers, volunteers, and musicians are spending time with their friends and families today. We want you all to enjoy it. Travel safe and see you at the next one!

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Holiday Party with DJ Katie Piselli and DJ TBA

December 20th, 2019 | Category: dances

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and warm wishes toward what you celebrate this season!  Tonight DJ Katie Piselli and DJ TBA will aim to give you their best holiday swing tunes and general good cheer. We definitely need some swing dancing to keep our popsicle toes warmed. Let’s dance off all of those extra holiday treats!

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

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

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Justin Meyer’s Grand Slam Jazz Band

December 13th, 2019 | Category: dances
Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, and Peggy Lee  – This sounds like a Grand Slam!  Join us for the debut of a new band put together by Justin Meyer.  We’ll have a Boston Swing Central first: a vibraphone player!
Yes, this band will have Rich Greenblatt on vibes as well as big band stalwart Steve Taddeo bringing his best Gene Krupa beats.  Also Billy Novick on clarinet, Eric Baldwin on guitar, Sarah Gardner on vocals and the very talented band leader, Justin Meyer on bass.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Elise Roth and her Harvard Squares

December 06th, 2019 | 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!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Thanksgiving Swing w/ DJs Natalie Eringros and retroMike

November 29th, 2019 | Category: dances

Give thanks for jazz and swing dancing! (And dance off that Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers). DJs Natalie Eringros and retroMike will 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
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

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

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