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Swing City
Live Swing Bands
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(617) 513-9841

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

This week:
10 O'Clock Shim Sham! (Video)

Be sure to join Paolo from 6-8pm for the "Shim Sham Shimmie" workshop

Saturday, January 31 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.

"Shim Sham Shimmie!"

- Beginner (Intro Swing)
- Intermediate (Charleston)

Dear Swing City Patrons,

"Compaq Big Band" this Saturday

Join us for what will be a fantastic night of dancing with this fantastic big band swing orchestra.

The weather forecast calls for some snow Friday night into Saturday, but it looks like it should be well over by the afternoon, with no problems by Saturday evening. Should be a perfect night to go out!

Cover is $16 as usual, and includes the 8-9pm lessona as well as Mike's famous popcorn.

Hope to see you there!

This week's Lindy Workshop:
"Shim Sham Shimmie!" with Paolo

Shake the snow of your shoes with the Shim Sham!

The Shim Sham is a classic line dance performed by Lindy Hoppers all over the world. Now is your chance to jump in line and dance with everyone else! And remember, "Tain't what you do, it's the way that you do it!"

What: "Shi Sham Shimmie!"
When: Saturday, January 31 from 6pm-8pm
Where: West Cambridge Youth Center (Swing City)
Price: $20 per person at the door

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Katie and Paolo's workshops are held at Huron Ave on most Swing City Saturdays this Fall and hopefully continue from there. They are from 6-8pm and cost $20, and be sure to stick around for the music and dancing at Swing City with Paolo and Katie in the house from 9pm on.

Workshop attendees receive a discounted cover charge for Swing City: $10 regular, $8 for students.

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!


    If you have your own comments to share, we'd love to hear them. Please email us at

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


    Coming Up!
    Jan 31
    Compaq Big Band
    Feb 14
    Valentines Dance
    (with DJ, discounted admission)
    Feb 28
    Barry Fleischer's Radio Swing Orchestra
    Mar 14
    Racky Thomas Band
    Mar 28
    Love Dogs
    Apr 11

    Rico Barr Jump 'n' Jive Review

    Apr 25
    Eight to the Bar
    May 9
    Tom Nutile Big Band
    May 23
    to be announced
    May 30
    Compaq Big Band

    more dates »

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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)


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

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