About New School Swing

New School Swing promotes swing dancing in Boston by providing year-round swing dances classes for all levels. We specialize in authentic, vintage swing dance forms like Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa and we offer fun, friendly, inclusive learning environment. Four-week class series begin every month—see our schedule for the latest classes.

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Sign Up for May Classes!

April 29, 2015, 12:07 p.m.

It's spring and there's a summer full of Swing dance events on the horizon—now's a great time to refresh your skills, or learn some new ones. New Lindy1, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate series begin on May 4 and 5. Register now!

Mondays in May with Dan & Shana at First Church in Cambridge

  • 7:00pm: Advanced Beginner Swingout Variations & Styling: Learn how to stylize and dress up your basics this month! After taking this class, you'll never run short of musical and stylish options for your swing out.
  • 8:00pm: Lindy1A (Beginner): Basic Patterns and Charleston: Learn the basics of partner dancing, the fundamental moves of Lindy Hop and Charleston as well as turns and variations. No previous experience or partner needed.

Solo Jazz Tuesdays in May with Heather & Lee at Dance Union in Somerville

  • 7:30pm: Intermediate Solo Jazz: If you've got enough solo jazz moves for the Shim Sham and Big Apple, this class will help you take your solo vocabulary and movement to the next level. Over four weeks, you'll learn popular variations like Al and Leon stylings, how to incorporate solo jazz ideas into partner dances, as well more advanced moves and combinations.
  • 8:30pm: Advanced Beginner Solo Jazz: Our Advanced Beginner class on solo jazz. You'll learn the basic vocabulary of solo jazz, including all the moves you need to know to do the Shim Sham and the Big Apple.
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What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is the original Swing Dance, developed in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. Our friends at Yehoodi made a nice video history of the dance.

Exciting Partnership with Monday Night Practice Session!

We're excited to be partnering with the folks at the Monday Night Practice Session. We will now be offering advanced beginner classes from 7:30-8:30pm before the dance. We've had rather large advanced beginner classes so this might help to reduce the class size, allowing for more individual feedback. In addition, if you'd like to accelerate your learning, you can take both advanced beginner classes each month and double your learning speed. Remember the multiple class rate is only $80 ($60 with a student ID).

If you register for the Monday classes, you are still welcome to come to Dojo for no additional cost.

We strongly encourage you to stay for the dance at the Monday Night Practice Session because social dancing is the reason we do all of this. The price of the Monday night dance is not include in the class prices but you can pay for the dance at the door. New School Swing students taking the monday class will only have to pay $5 to stay for the dance ($4 for folks under 23 with a student ID).

Don't forget to go to the excellent friday night dance at Boston Swing Central and all of the other dances around town.

What is Lindy Dojo?

Lindy Dojo is New School Swing's weekly practice session.

All students who take classes at New School Swing will be able to attend Lindy Dojo for free! Why are we doing this? Social dancing is both fun and one of the best ways to get better. So are private lessons. Many students can't afford the $25-$100 price of a private lesson, but a guided practice session is like a 5 minute private lesson. We want to encourage beginners and intermediates to stay for the practice session to practice with each other, have a good time dancing, and to work one-on-one with instructors.

Visit the Dojo page for more info.

Gift Certificates

Looking for a great birthday, anniversary, or holiday gift? New School Swing has gift certificates available for classes and private lessons. Click here to purchase a gift certificate.

New School Swing Curriculum

The entire staff at New School Swing has worked together to create a cohesive curriculum for our students. You can start social dancing after taking your first class with us but, as this curriculum shows, you can keep taking classes for years and still learn a ton.

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Please give us feedback on how we're doing.

We'd love your feedback! We want to make the studio the most useful and fun studio we can so anything you can say to help us out would be great. Positive feedback will help us know what to keep doing well. Constructive criticism will help us focus on what we should improve. Please remember we're passionate folks trying to make the world a better place through swing dancing. For more on that, read this: http://www.mikethegirl.com/1/post/2011/11/the-importance-of-non-evil.html. For specific ideas of what we'd like to know: Who are your favorite teachers and why? Are there teachers that need work and, if so, what could they do better? What classes do you like and why? What classes weren't as great and why? What classes would you like to see more of? What classes don't we teach that you'd like us to teach? What do you think of our audition process? Thanks in advance!

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