A great season of dance parties begins with a night of Swing on the Fountain Terrace.
Bryant Park Presents launches its second season of Dance Party on Wednesday, May 3, offering free lessons in a wide array of dance steps, followed by dance parties accompanied by live music. Described as “epic” by Time Out New York, Dance Party is once again hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo.
The series covers a wide range of styles, from easy-to-learn favorites like Salsa and old-time Swing, to less common steps like Mexican folk dance, Polka, and Disco. There are Dance Parties on five consecutive Wednesdays plus a five-hour grand finale Latin Festival featuring bachata, merengue, salsa dancing, and music performed by Melvin Elias and Willie Alvarez and his All Star Band featuring Ray Bayona.
Here’s the entire schedule:
May 3, 6pm: Swing with George Gee Swing Orchestra
May 10, 6pm: Salsa with Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
May 17, 6pm: Polka with The Polka Brothers
May 24, 6pm: Cumbia with cumbia de LaMar
May 31, 6pm: Disco with Deverne and The Vintagesoul featuring Carol Williams
June 7, 6pm: Mexican with Jarana Beat
June 9, 5pm: Latin Festival: Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa with Melvin Elias, Willie Alvarez and his All Star Band featuring Ray Bayona
Bryant Park Presents brings some of the city’s greatest arts organizations to Bryant Park for live performances all spring and summer long. Besides Dance Party, this year’s program includes Shakespeare, Contemporary Dance, IN/TERSECT, Accordions Around the World, New York City Opera performances, Emerging Music Festival, and Friday Picnics. Keep checking the events calendar for more information.
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