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"Hosting fine Swing and Lindy Hop Dancing in Boston since 1994"

Friday, March 6: Roger Ceresi's All Starz
Featured annually at Providence's 'Waterfire', this great band is comprised of "some of the finest R&B players on the planet."

Beginner's Swing lesson at 7:30 with Alex and Megan

"The Annex" downstairs:
Chicago Style Steppin' with the Chicago Style Steppers of Boston

Workshop at 7:45

Swing City Update

Photos of the week: two distinguished personalities joined us last week. Great to have you in the house, guys! (Photos by Eric Seavey)


This Week at Swing City:

We welcome Roger Ceresi's All Starz back into the house this Friday with their always solid repetior of highly dancable swingin' tunes. Come join the fun! Alex and Megan will be in there as well teaching the intro Swing Lesson. (sorry, there was an errata in yesterday's email).

Additionally, it being the first week of the month, the Chicago Style Steppers of Boston return in the Annex. Come learn a new dance, into lesson at 7:45.

So please join us for either the beginner lesson with Alex and Megan or the 1Chicago Steppin' intro lesson in the Annex, no partner necessary, a night of rich live music, dancing, affordable cocktails (yes, $4, cheapest in town), lots of cool fun people of all ages, and some great exercise!

Bottom line, 2 parties for $15 ($10 with college ID), $4 cocktails, and a great vibe! Read, "Boston's official Cheap Date!"

More Recent Swing City Photos in the Photo gallery


Update on Intermediate Lessons
(Starting in mid-March, details TBA)

We've received a lot of good response on our proposed Adv. Beginner/Intermediate lesson program. In the next few weeks, were going to launch a new set of lessons at Swing City which gives you a choice of three, count 'em, three lessons!

1) Intro Swing, East Coast/single step. Fun, exciting, easy, designed for the first timer or if you haven't danced in a long time and want to brush up the basics.

2) Adv. Beginner/Intermediate, triple step, taught by some of your favorites, Boston's finest Swing talent we've been featuring plus some new folks you'll want to meet. This lesson will assume you already know basic Swing dance steps and it will feature something different each week so you'll be able to learn lots of new skills and brush up some of your old moves.

3) The Annex downstairs: featuring on different nights, West Coast, Chicago Steppin', 2-step, and more.

All three lessons will be from 7:30-8:45 as usual. For 1) and 2), if you're a more experienced dancer, you'll have a lesson you can take while any novice friends you brought can take the intro class. Both will upstairs concurrently (trust us, it works...!)

We hope you'll join us.

This week's Raffle Winnner:

Congratulations to Loraine Toorie! The winner each week gets a a pair of tickets to Swing City plus occasional other stuff people give us for you. To claim, simply email us.

More items:

  • Please join our Facebook Group
  • A look at some of the responses about Swing City
  • Advice on getting to Swing City (it's EASY!)

Facebook: Are you familiar with Facebook? It's the modern phenomenon in internet social networking. Please join our group and literally keep up with the Joneses! You need to create a free account if you don't have one, and "become a friend" of Swing City. Go Here »

Comments on our recent requests for feedback:

We got a lot of great comments and suggestions from people in regard to improving Swing City. One thing was somewhat common: a lot of people simply haven't come out to Swing City recently, some folks even dating back to the move to Newton (!).

Thus, a brief Swing City FAQ or sorts:

- MYTH: Swing City is far away and hard to get to. It's not! On the map it looks far for the people coming from the 'burbs, but if you made it to Newton, the Somerville location takes literally only 5 minutes longer to reach from Newton Corner/Mass Pike than the MacKenzie Center. It's easy highway driving all the way, and just three blocks from the highway exit. Getting to Swing City probably even takes less time than going through traffic lights to the various past and present Watertown/Cambridge spots. Coming from Rt. 2 via Alewife is obviously local roads, but its not bad once you have it down.

- Call to action: Swing City Needs You! Many people haven't made it out to the new place yet. Now is the time! Given the economy and all the competition, it is YOU, the grass-roots past and present Swing City patrons, who are going to determine the future success. The old Huron Ave venue has been demolished, and the West Cambridge Youth Center is likely not going to host the old dances again at this point. Some people just don't know why they haven't made it yet. Come join the party! Swing City is a great community and a lot of people would really like to have you there! Also, Swing City is definitely a great, yet inexpensive night out.

- What's up with the smokiness? Resolved! we have pretty much succeeded upstairs in sealing out the smoke from the basement members' lounge, and made good progress in the Annex too. It is much better and will continue to seal off the few remaining "leaks".

We know the City Club is not the "perfect" venue, but what place is...? The bottom line in this day and age is that this place likes us, we like them, and to that end they are willing to let us fix it up incrementally as we need. But, we need everyone's support in terms of attending the dances to make that all work. So please don't stay away until you "hear that it's good", which I hear through the grapevine from many people.

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

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


Getting to Swing City: Quite a few people have griped about finding the City Club. I ask them how they got there, and they all say, "I used my GPS". AH! NO WONDER! Trust me, it's REALLY EASY if you just follow our directions. We're just off the higway. GPS will take you on the scenic "shortcut" through Cambridge and Somerville if you're coming from the Pike for example, because it thinks its shorter distance. It is, as the crow flies (by a 2-3 miles), but you have to go though Cambridge traffic light hell. Take my word--take the highway route!

Thus, for those people coming from south and western 'burbs, just take Mass Pike to I-93 North, take exit 28, make a left, left again at the second light, and park in the huge lot. From the Newton Corner exit it's maybe 10-15 minutes max.

The new place is the Somerville City Club, at 20 Innerbelt Road, Somerville (map). It's adjacent to the Holiday Inn near Sullivan Square, directly off I-93 and 3 blocks from the Orange Line. There are also a bunch of convenient buses that come through, ample parking, our "Annex", and of course... a FULL BAR. For those that drove to the Greek Church from I-93, you probably went right past it on Washington St. In fact it's only a little over a mile away from the Greek Church location and a few miles down the highway from Springstep.

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Swing City
Live bands every Friday Night
plus other styles in "Annex"
--Located at--
Somerville City Club
20 Innerbelt Rd.
Somerville, MA 02143
(just off I-93 at exit 28)

Free Lessons*: 7:30-8:45
(*with cover)
Dancing: 8:45-1am
All ages welcome
$15 ($10 w/ student ID)
$10 Annex Only
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(617) 513-9841

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More Swing City Highlights:

  • Doors open at 7:30, dancing until 1am
  • All ages
  • Full bar
  • Ample free lot-parking
  • Easy access by MBTA (Sullivan Square on the Orange Line), or a number of buses

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."

Winter Schedule:

Swing City's Feature Band
(East Coast & Lindy Hop)

and in "The Annex"
(more dancing)

Mar. 6 Roger Ceresi's All Starz Chicago Style Steppin' with CSSOB
Mar. 13 Racky Thomas Band West Coast in the Annex
Mar. 20 Peter Hostage Situation No Annex this week
Mar. 27 Closed for Boston Tea Party  
Apr. 3 Band TBA Chicago Style Steppin' with CSSOB
Apr. 10 Closed. Alternative plans may be announced, stay tuned.  

Our Fantastic Instructors and DJ's:

"Slick" Mike (It's All Swing)
Todd & Beth (ZazouSwing)
Tony & Aurelie (Hop To the Beat)
Alex and Megan
Step Step Triple Step
Nancy Murphy (Rug Cutters')
JJ Williams (JJ Productions)
Karen Leeds (website)

Taxi Dancers return! 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"

If you have any preferences or suggestions, please post them on the Swing City discussion board, which is--I’m glad to say--very active! We'd really like to have your opinions.

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