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Swing City
Live Swing Bands
Each month:
2nd Sat
4th Sat
5th Sat
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(617) 513-9841

Located inside the
West Cambridge Youth Center
680 Huron Ave.
Cambridge, MA
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"Hosting fine Swing and Lindy Hop Dancing in Boston since 1994"

Saturday, February 8 at Huron Ave:
"Compaq Big Band"
The power and energy of an authentic 21-piece big band is back! The Compaq Big Band has kept New England swingin' for 30 years, with 15 horns, terrific soloists, a cookin' rhythm section, and a great feature vocalist. These guys are NOT your grandfather's big band. A great mix of medium, slow, and up-tempo swing, with tunes that are just the right length, will keep you on the dance floor all night.

- Beginner (Intro Swing)
- Intermediate (Charleston)
(see below for more details about the lessons)

Dear Swing City Patrons,

"Compaq Big Band" this Saturday!

Perenially a top dance band with 20+ musicians and the hugely rich sounds of the big band era, Compaq will keep you dancing all night. Join us!

Oh, Mike's "famous" free, fresh, hot popcorn and cotton candy! Check it out.

Dance lessons at Swing City

New to Swing Dancing or already an expert? No worries, we've got something for everyone!

Join us for a beginner swing lesson, or if you're a more experienced dancer, we offer a concurrent intermediate class. Classes begin at 8pm promptly, so be sure to arruve a few minutes early.

Classes have been HUGE lately, so be sure to come for those. Beginner and intermediate levels are concurrent so most of our regular dancers will be able to take a non-beginner class with our rotation of some of Boston's top dance instructors, yet still bring your friends who might be more comfortable at a the intro level. Moreover, the classes are a GREAT way to meet people if you're new to the scene, single, or just feeling social!

The intro class will be single step East Coast, while the intermediate class generally assumes you can dance a triple step and are comfortable with a variety of basic moves. The intermediate class is different each week, generally Charleston. We sometimes features guest instructors.

If either lesson is too hard or simple for you, one can just switch to the other one as needed.

Swing City, the best Swingin' venue in town!

- Tons of free parking
- Ice Cold Air Conditioning
- Juice, Soda, and Water available, plus snacks
- Great, New, Sprung Bamboo Floor (one patron was memorably giddy with excitement! thx)
- Easy MBTA Access (bus #72 direct from Havard Square)

8:00pm: Swing Dance Lessons
FREE with cover charge
Choice of two Lessons:

  • Swing lesson (beginner, east coast swing)
    -learn basic 6-count patterns to get you started
  • Charleston lesson (intermediate, add moves to your swing)
    -each night will show a different variation
  • 9:00pm: Band goes on (DJ in the breaks)
    until 12:00pm

    So please join us for lessons, a night of rich live music, dancing, lots of cool fun people of all ages, and some great exercise. Bottom line, a great night out for only $16 ($12 with college ID), and a super vibe! Read, "Boston's official Cheap Date."

    Tons of Swing City Photos are in the Photo gallery

    See you there!


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    See you this week!
    on behalf of all of our entertainers and staff


    Coming Up!
    view full schedule »
    Feb. 8
    Compaq Big Band
    Feb. 22
    Sticky Skillet Swing Orchestra
    Mar. 8
    "Sax" Gordon
    Mar. 22
    Tom Nutile Big Band
    Mar. 29
    Bombay Jim & the Swinging Sapphires
    Apr. 12
    Apr. 26
    Racky Thomas Band
    May 10
    Love Dogs
    May 24
    May 31
    Eight to the Bar

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    Taxi Dancers are in!

    Until 10:30 we have friendly volunteers to dance with everyone and anyone, so if you don't have a partner or are new, "Catch a Cab"! more »

    If you'd like to apply to be one of our taxi dancers,
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    What people are saying:
    "It was one of the best swing dances I have attended in well over a year (and I dance several times a week)."

    "Nice people all w/good intentions. From the person at door to anyone I would ask questions; all have positive,upbeat(no pun intended) attitudes. And this love of Swing Dancing is obvious by all assistance kindly offered and rendered. Five Stars."

    Our Instructors and DJ's:

    Mike Jonas, Step Step Triple Step
    Nancy Murphy (Rug Cutters')
    JJ Williams (JJ Productions)
    Karen Leeds (Karen Leeds Dance)

    Taxi Dancers are in the house! New dancer or coming solo? Dance with them! (Interested in becoming one? Drop me a line.)


    See you on the dance floor!
    Your humble "Swing City Impresario"

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