Massachusetts Logo


The Dances Are Swingtastic With Boston Swing Central

By Pamela Sosnowski

Every Friday evening at Extreme Dancesport in Cambridge, swing dance enthusiasts gather for an hour lesson and then jitterbug the evening way to the lively vintage sounds of Louie Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and other big band legends, often being played by a live band. The fun weekly event is hosted by Boston Swing Central, one of beantown's most popular swing dance organizations.

"Boston Swing central is a volunteer-run organization, dedicated to making the wonderful world of swing dancing and music available to everyone," says President Natalie Eringros. "Swing dancing is a great exercise, a wonderful way to meet new friends, listen to great music and socialize! And we frequently have live bands playing at our weekly Friday night dance."

BSC's mission is two-fold: first, it provides a weekly Friday night dance that dancers of all abilities can feel comfortable attending and that is reasonably priced. The Extreme Dancesport studio is easily accessible by public transportation. Second, BSC promotes other swing dancing events in the greater Boston area and aims to feature a wide variety of teachers, bands, and DJs for the public to dance to.

Admission is $15 and a free lesson takes place at 8 PM. Dancers are not required to bring a partner; just a water bottle and the willingness to have a good time. Comfortable clothing with the exception of sweats is recommended (some participants like to get dressed up, including wearing a button down shirt or dress.) The dance style taught is East Coast Swing, a subset of Lindy Hop that was developed by American Society of Dance Teachers in order to adapt to beginner dancers. In a couple of hours, most dancers have a good grasp on the genre but the sky is the limit when it comes to learning more advanced moves.

Boston Swing Central welcomes all dancers, inclusive of age (although dancers must be 18 or older to attend), race, cultural background, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The organization strives to make sure everyone feels safe at their dances, and both newbies and pros can be found on the dance floor at any given Friday.

Dancing to a live band can really amplify the swing dance experience, and Boston Swing Central is proud to welcome several notable local bands to perform at their events. Upcoming guest bands include Phil McGowan and The Easy Winners, who have a New Orleans-inspired sound, and Beantown Swing Orchestra, one of the city's most renowned big band orchestras.

"We also run special dances and events, like our New Year's Eve Gala, the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the Dirty Water Lindy & Blues Exchange, Swinging on the Charles, Kind of a Big Deal Weekend and fun themed dances," says Eringros.

So the next time you're looking for something fun to do on a Friday night in the Boston area, check out Boston Swing Central's dance event at Extreme Dancesport, and get ready for a swingtastic time!

Share this:


Leave a comment:

* Login in order to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join for Free

About The Author

Become an Expert Contributor

Have some knowledge to share, and want easy and effective exposure to our audience? Get your articles or guides featured on Mass Realty today! Learn more about being an expert contributor.

Learn More