Midsummer Night Swing brings together the best of dance, music and things to do outside in New York, but we have a few tips to help you make the most of the festival. Lovely Damrosch Park can get crowded, so be sure to book in advance, get there when the dance floor opens at 6pm, and remember that purses and backpacks must be left at the bagcheck—ladies, you’ll need a dancing frock with pockets. Every night, the group dance lesson goes from 6:30–7:15pm, so if you already know your boleo from your barrida, then you’ll want to get there closer to 7:30 when the live music begins. The whole lineup is tempting, but we’re particularly excited about these eight shows: no matter your groove of choice, you’ll be able to mobilize it in one of these evenings, which we've ordered by date. Make sure you come out to Midsummer Night Swing, one of the best reasons to stay in New York in the summer!
Top events at Midsummer Night Swing
It’s Thursday Night Fever when the series returns to disco with a performance by the Loser’s Lounge, a collective that pays tribute here to Casablanca Records and its stable of stars. Dance instructor Robert Vance teaches the assembled masses the Hustle, the dance that’s like a foxy love-child of disco and ballroom. Again, stick around after 10pm for a silent disco; put on your headphones and dance like nobody’s listening.Read more