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Get your dancing shoes on: Bryant Park is hosting a summer dance series!

Written by
Jennifer Picht

When in doubt, dance it out—right? If you want nothing more than to bust a move after work or improve you waltzing skills, Bryant Park is offering a free summer dance series starting May 6.

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The eight-week program, which features several different dance styles from notable instructors plus amazing live music, will be held every Wednesday night from 6pm to 7pm at the Fountain Terrace. The series covers everything from swing to the tango, and if you’re looking for a great summer date night idea, we think this is pretty darn cute. Check out the lineup below:

Opening Night Waltz Ball: Wednesday, May 6

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Randy Dias and Alexandra Lyubchevskaya

7pm­–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Lester Lanin Orchestra, which has played for audiences around the world for 50 years—most notably at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Cuban Salsa, Wednesday May 13

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Yesenia Selier and Hunter Houde

7pm–8:30pm: Dancing and live Cuban music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

Swing and Lindy Hop, Wednesday May 20

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Evita Arce and Michael Jagger

7pm­–8:30pm: Dancing and live swing music by George Gee Swing Orchestra

Samba e Mais, Wednesday May 27

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Marizete Browne and Daniele Andrade

7pm­­–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Mistura Perfeita Band, which will play traditional and contemporary Brazilian samba and bossanova

Tango, Wednesday June 3

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Mariana Parma and Hernan Brizuela

7pm–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by The NY Tango Quartet, which will perform classics and improvisations

Bachata, Wednesday June 10

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Alejandro Bouza and Talia Castro-Pozo

7pm–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Bachata Heightz, an original pioneer of urban bachata

West Coast Swing, Wednesday June 17

6pm–7pm: Dance lessons by Marlon Mills and Chrissy Bridgeman

7pm–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Rakiem Walker Project, a seven-piece band featuring soul, funk, R&B, gospel and blues

Latin Dancing Festival, Wednesday June 24

5pm–6:30pm: Latin jazz dance lessons by Sekou McMiller and live performance by Grammy award-winning bassist John Benitez

6:30pm–7:15pm: Mambo dance lessons by Frank Muhel and Ericka Fignole

7:15–8:15pm: Dancing and live music by the ’50s and ’60s era mambo band, Palladium All Stars

8:15pm–9pm: Salsa dance lessons by Talia Castro-Pozo and a special guest

9pm–10pm: Dancing and live music by salsa dura band Avenida B 

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