Beantown Camp 2010: June 24-July 1 (Boston, MA)

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03-09-2010, 12:29 AM
Beantown Camp 2010: June 24-July 1 (Boston, MA)
It's my pleasure to announce that registration is open for the 2010 Beantown Camp!

Beantown is designed to be an all-inclusive vacation - a complete dance immersion. It's truly amazing what a week can do for your dancing and your spirit! There are multiple options, from weekend to the whole shebang, all of which offer you the unique experience that Beantown has to offer.

This is Beantown's 14th year and we're already feeling the positive energy. Here are some changes/additions for 2010:
* New additions to the always amazing staff.
* New additions to our live music line-up.
* An expansion on the mini-track concept with optional classes grouped into focused topics.
* The Show - our most exciting addition! On Sunday evening our incredibly talented instructors will be performing in the beautiful new Rose Performance Hall. This will be included with ALL registration packages.

And, until March 29th, there is a special early bird discount for the week long (Whole Shebang) package, be sure to check it out!

Visit our new website - - to discover what Beantown has to offer. More information to come!
04-23-2010, 09:45 PM
Now is a great time to make plans to start off your summer at Beantown Camp!

Beantown provides a full week of classes and fun activities and in this message we are highlighting the classes. It's highly recommend to attend for the whole shebang if you are able to do so. (In this case, MORE is more!!) Camp is an amazing experience for all levels to immerse yourself in dancing, camaraderie and fun! If you are not able to do the full week, there are multiple registration options to choose from so that everyone who would like can join in.

Lindy Hop Tracks
Starting on Friday afternoon, campers participate in a Lindy Hop track determined by experience level. (There is a beginner track, which is really an excellent opportunity to jump start your Lindy Hop.) Track instructors include Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas, Sylvia Sykes, Peter Strom, Ramona Staffeld, Skye Humphries, Naomi Uyama, Michael Jagger & Evita Arce, Zack Richard & Maryse Lebeau, and Mike Roberts & Laura Glaess. The track classes allow for progression throughout the week as well as a fun way to bond with classmates. It's an amazing learning opportunity which is hard to beat!

Most days have 2 scheduled slots for Mini-Tracks. There are many choices of classes to choose from for all levels and interests.

Balboa 1 & 2
There will be 2 levels of Balboa Mini-Tracks. Classes will be progressive with instructors Sylvia Sykes and Zack & Maryse.

The Blues Mini-Track will have a selection of classes aimed at beginner to intermediate levels. Blues instructors include Shawn Hershey & Amanda Gruhl, Joshua Boroff & Devona Cartier, Skye & Naomi, Mike & Laura and Michael & Evita.

Ryan's Jazz Routine
Solo dancing is an incredibly great way to work on your dance skills. Ryan's classes are always challenging, creative, musical and a blast!

You too can have this much fun! Check out one of our favorites from 2007:

Eric's Hip Hop Combo
Not for Hip Hop dancers only! Eric Fenn is a phenomenal instructor who knows how to break things down and get you to move your body like you've never done before.

Check out the Hip Hop routine from 2009:

Focused Topics/Variety Packs
There's more! The Mini-Track time slots also include other choices. Some have been grouped to help you make your selections if there is a topic you would like to concentrate on. Topical groups include:
* Blues Exploration (for int/adv to advanced)
* Movement
* Aerials
* Solo
* Partner Charleston
* Musicality
* Partnering & Technique
* Competition/Performance

Optional Classes
In addition, there are other class slots with even more optional classes. Instructors besides those previously mentioned include Richard Badu, Daryl Begin & Jennifer Stout, David & Jennifer Coulombe, Joel Domoe & Melanie Myers, Michael Gamble & Jaya Dorf, Daniel Newsome & Gabrielle Cook, Chris Nickl & Shirley McAdam, Patrick Szmidt & Natasha Ouimet, Andrew Thigpen & Karen Turman and Marc-Andre Vachon & Catherine Desjardins.

But wait, there's even more! Stretch and Yoga, Tai Chi, a DJ Forum and even shoe chroming:-)

So much to choose from, and you can mix and match as you like!

Check out all the details and latest news:

Now is a great time to register if you have not already done so. Camp runs from June 24 to July 1 with multiple registration options to choose from. Singles, couples and groups are all very welcome to attend. May 10 is the due date for discounted tuition fees and the date that full payments are due for those who have paid a deposit. If you are an undergraduate student (or high school student), an additional discount is also available. There is also a discount available for International visitors.

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Beantown this summer!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

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05-05-2010, 12:53 AM
Less than 1 week left to register at the discounted rate - it expires May 10!

Now is the time to make your plans for this amazing summer camp. Running from June 24 to July 1 this year, Beantown truly has it all:
-4 nights of live music
-6 nights of late night dancing
-Over 100 classes - track classes, mini-tracks, and optional choices
-Amazing Instructors
-A brand new Beantown Show
-The Northeast Lindy Hop Championships
-Hilariousness = Beantown's Got Talent
-A beautiful college campus
-Nice accomodations
-Food, meals, nourishment - all you can eat three times a day!
-A full-on Camp Barbecue
-Much, much more...

Check the website for all the latest details:
05-29-2010, 05:20 PM
Beantown Camp is coming up before you know it! We've highlighted the incredible teaching staff and vast array of classes and thought we'd turn to the music!

Four nights of live music will be starting off Friday with the Cangelosi Cards from NYC. We've been fortunate to have them in Boston and Providence, but this will be their first Beantown appearance! Their specialty is early American Jazz and will be sure to get everyone in the camp groove.

The Saturday night dance party features an expanded version of the Mike DiBari Swingtet. Mike is the guy with the swingin' guitar, often seen with many of our great local dance bands besides his own. Featured on vocals will be Ed Scheer, one of Boston's most dynamic and talented singers. We are looking forward to something special just for Beantown!

Sunday night features The Racky Thomas Band, one of the most fun and energetic bands around. These guys know how to swing the Blues! They always keep the floor hoppin' and you just can't help but want to dance.

To close out a full week of Beantown at the Wednesday dance party will be none other than Gordon Webster & Friends from NYC! Gordon is well loved in the Boston area and these days his popularity is growing in leaps and bounds, spreading out to Europe. The wonderfully talented Naomi Uyama will be featured on vocals. If you have not heard the combination of Naomi and Gordon, you will be in for an amazing treat!

Check out the website for more info on the bands:

In addition to all the wonderful live music, the evenings will be featuring an excellent selection of DJs from around the country. Head DJ Michael Gamble has been a big help with bringing in some new faces to the line up and we know we are in for a week of great dancing! DJs include Mary Freitag from California, Mike Thibealt from NY, Dan Newsome from Seattle, Marc-Andre Vachon from Montreal, Wil Reed from Connecticut and Alex Abdoulaev from right here in Massachusetts. Plus there's more! Peter Strom will be hosting a late night Soul Party, Boston area Blues Cafe will be hosting a late night Blues party and Tara Weinstein will be hosting the open practices.

For more info about the DJs:

Beantown Camp is about one month away and there is still time to register! Camp is currently open for everyone although we would like to get more leaders, especially for Tracks 1 and 3, and more followers for Track 5.

Beantown runs from June 24 to July 1, back at the beautiful Endicott College campus in Beverly, MA. There are multiple packages and time periods to choose from for attending. You can find all of the details and latest information on the Beantown web site:

Don't miss out on this phenomenal gathering of dancers, instructors, DJs and musicians! As of today, dancers are attending from 33 states and 7 countries. There are classes for all levels of experience, including beginners. Beautiful campus, dances, classes, competitions and many other fun activities planned. It is going to be awesome!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

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06-02-2010, 10:52 PM
In past messages we've highlighted the classes, instructors, music and dance parties, but there is so much more! Beantown has a great social atmosphere, with most campers living and eating together on campus. The dining hall has been newly transformed with a wide variety of seating nooks, plus the food is excellent! The BBQ on Monday night is at the Misselwood Tent down by the beach, followed by volleyball, frisbee, walks on the shore, maybe some jamming, or just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful setting. Each night Beantown Cafe is open, directly adjacent to the main dance floor. You can take a break, get a snack, play some pool or just hang out. The Endicott Pub is open 2 nights, a big hit last year:-) The open practice each day is the place to go to meet up with classmates and go over some of what you learned in class.

The most exciting addition this year is "The Show" on Sunday night in the new state-of-the-art Rose Performance Hall. Confirmed performers include Norma Miller, Ryan Francois, Jenny Thomas, Michael Jagger, Evita Arce, Ramona Staffeld, Peter Strom, Naomi Uyama, Skye Humphries, Zack Richard, Maryse Lebeau, Mike Roberts, Laura Glaess, Andrew Thigpen, Karen Turman, Patrick Schmidt, Natasha Ouimet and Dave Lasagna as emcee. That is one amazing line-up! You are not going to want to miss this for sure!

The entertainment does not stop there! More instructor performances will be during the Saturday night dance party.

That's not all! You can participate in the Northeast Lindy Hop Championships on Friday and Saturday nights. Competitions include Strictly, 3 levels of J&J and Solo Charleston. Tuesday night will have another round of Beantown's Got Talent, the place to be for a lot of great laughs:-) Bring your props, instruments, ideas or whatever else you need to display your talent for our panel of "judges". All in good fun!

Only about three weeks until opening day! Spaces are still available. If you have not yet signed up and would like to join in, please register ASAP. We currently could use more leaders, especially for tracks 1 and 3 and followers for track 5. If you have friends who might be interested, please let them know.

Beantown runs from June 24 to July 1, back at the beautiful Endicott College campus in Beverly, MA. There are multiple packages and time periods to choose from for attending. You can find all of the details and latest information on the Beantown web site:

Highlights in a nutshell:
* Special Guest Norma Miller!
* An amazing line-up of the best Lindy Hop instructors!
* 4 nights of live music as well as fabulous DJs playing late into the night!
Cangelosi Cards * Mike Dibari Swingtet * The Racky Thomas Band * Gordon
Webster & Friends
* Campers attending from 33 states and 7 countries!
* 5 levels of Lindy Hop Track classes!
* 5 Mini-Tracks to choose from!
Balboa 1 * Balboa 2 * Blues * Jazz with Ryan * Hip Hop with Eric
* Optional classes with focused topics!
* Classes for all levels, including beginners!
* Morning & Afternoon Stretch Classes!
* Open Practices!
* 9th Annual Northeast Lindy Hop Championships!
Solo Charleston * Strictly Lindy * Nov/Int/Adv Jack & Jill
* The Show!
* Saturday Night Performances!
* Soul Party with Peter Strom!
* Saturday Night Blues Party!
* Beantown's Got Talent!
* Endicott Pub!
* Morning & Afternoon Stretch Classes!
* Open Practices!
* Camp Barbecue and late night Ice Cream Party!
* Multiple registration options and add-ons to choose from!
* Beautiful coastal setting with private beaches!
* Fun, Fun, Fun!

Happy dancing,
Aurelie & Tony

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06-17-2010, 02:03 PM
Only one week left until the start of Beantown Camp! We are still accepting registrations.

1) The schedule is finalized! Amazing classes, dances and tons of fun. Check it out:
2) Leaders are especially needed for Tracks 2 and 3 and Followers for the week in Track 1. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please get in touch with us ASAP!
3) Discounts are available for Advanced level dancers to be a "track filler" - please get in touch ASAP!

Honestly, who doesn't want to spend the week dancing, learning, and hanging out with dancers from everywhere around the country and world as well as many some of the best instructors. Four nights with four amazing, crowd-favorite, bands. Great DJ's. All located on the beautiful campus of Endicott college just north of Boston. I know you want to, just take the plunge, register today!

Come share the Lindy will be glad you did!