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Bryant Park Presents

Latin Festival Closes Out Dance Party Season

Five hours of live music, dancing, and free instruction finish off another successful season of dancing on the Fountain Terrace.

Angelito Jusay

Bryant Park Presents Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, has made this spring a festive one at Bryant Park, combining live music and free dance lessons to produce the liveliest dance parties in the city. It’s been a great run, and it all comes to a fantastic conclusion tonight with Latin Festival. This five-hour extravaganza brings three fantastic bands with three accompanying dance lessons to the Fountain Terrace.

Jeremey Adam Rey and Shelby Joy Cole serve as Dance Hosts, and the lineup of bands includes Grupo Arcano, Pete Nater & Associates, and The New Swing Sextet. Expert instruction is provided in three dance styles: Mambo by Franck Muhel and Satomi Montague, Cha Cha Cha by Sekou McMiller and Maisha Morris, and Salsa by Isabel Freiberger and Robert Rosario. It all kicks off at 5pm.

This winds up a great season for Dance Party, but Bryant Park Presents continues through the summer, including Modern Dance, IN/TERSECT (jazz and classical music), Shakespeare, Accordions Around the World, and Emerging Music Festival.

If you can’t get enough Latin dancing, you don’t have to miss a week! Dance34: Salsa begins at Broadway Boulevard on June 30. Also produced by Ms. Castro-Pozo, Dance34 offers a 30-minute lesson in salsa dancing followed by a 90-minute social dance party set to a live DJ. Dance34: Salsa meets at 6pm on six consecutive Thursday evenings, winding up on August 4. It’s free, and dancers of all skill levels are welcome. 

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