Throw on your dancing shoes, New York! Bryant Park Presents—the official title for the alfresco art series with over 50 free events at Bryant Park—kicks off on May 4 with a massive Opening Night Ball.
You already know that Bryant Park offers incredible free outdoor activities and entertainment, but the dance series (hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo) is certainly one of the most enjoyable ways to loosen up during your workweek grind.
Folks (all-ages) can get into the groove every Wednesday night (6pm) and learn dance genres such as swing, tango and salsa from local instructors. Then, at 7pm, live bands perform the appropriate tunes, so you can test your new moves on the dance floor.
During the Opening Night Ball, learn the Charleston, thanks to dance instructors Adrienne Weidert and Rafal Pustelny, with musical pairings by Jesse Gelber & The Astor Boys; the Foxtrot with instructors Randy Dias and Tonja Dias (music by Dan Levinson & His Gotham SophistiCats with Molly Ryan); and the Jitterbug with tunes by Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and moves by dancers Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook.
Check out the rest of the summer lineup below!
Cumbia & Vallenato featuring Cumbiamba eNeYe, and dance instructors Osiris Barcenas and Ronald Lozano
Tango featuring Pedro Giraudo Quartet, and dance instructors Mariana Parma and Mario De Camillis
Swing featuring The Grand Street Stompers featuring Tamar Korn, and dance instructors Evita Arce and Michael Jagger
Cuban Salsa and Rueda featuring Los Hacheros, and dance instructors Ethan Wagner and Liethis Hechevarria
Bachata featuring Voz a Voz, and dance instructors Alejandro Bouza and Xiomaris
Forro featuring Eliano Braz The Forro Fiddler, and dance instructors Daniele Andrade and Christianno Couto
Latin Festival featuring Mambo with dance instructors Franck Muhel and Satomi Montague; Salsa with dance instructors Isabel Freiberger and Robert Rosario;and Cha Cha Cha with dance instructors Sekou McMiller and Maisha Morris; and showcasing the bands: Grupo Arcano, Pete Nater & Associates, and The New Swing Sextet