Explore a variety of dance genres with the help of professional instructors, then practice your new moves at massive dance parties.
The Fountain Terrace is transformed into Midtown’s dancefloor this spring and summer as Bryant Park Presents Dance Party creates eight “massive” events beginning on May 4. Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes instruction in a wide variety of dance steps, followed by dancing to live music.
The series kicks off in style with the Opening Night Ball on Wednesday, May 4. This five-hour extravaganza begins at 5pm and includes instruction in three classic Jazz-age dance steps: the Charleston (with Jesse Gelber & The Astor Boys), the Foxtrot (Dan Levinson & his Gotham SophistiCats with Molly Ryan), and the Jitterbug (The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn). Everyone is encouraged to come dressed to the nines. There will be food and drink available for purchase, a pop-up Bryant Park Shop offering park-branded merchandise, and free bag-check for all.
That’s just the first of eight exciting events planned for Dance Party, which convenes at 6pm-8:30pm the following six Wednesdays with free instruction and dance parties in these genres: Cumbia + Vallenato (May 11), Tango (May 18), Swing (May 25), Cuban Salsa (June 1), Bachata (June 8), and Forro (June 15). The series culminates on June 22 with a fabulous Latin Festival featuring three incredible bands.
Dance Party is just the beginning. Bryant Park Presents brings you the best in the performing arts from April to September, including Modern Dance, IN/TERSECT (jazz and classical music), Shakespeare, Accordions Around the World, and Emerging Music Festival. We invite everyone to enjoy this fantastic free series all summer long.
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