One of the most popular spaces in New York during the summer is an outdoor summer stage and dance floor at Lincoln Center’s performing arts complex, more specifically, in Damrosch Park, at Amsterdam Avenue and West 62nd Street. In the summer of 2016, this three-week dance marathon, called “Midsummer Night Swing,” will open its 28th season.
From June 21 to July 9 this outdoor dance floor will be available to those who wish to take a few lessons, or show off their skills in a variety of modern dance, from the slow and classical, like the tango, to the ultramodern rock ‘n’ roll with elements of acrobatics. During these three weeks, participants will engage and attempt dancing salsa, mambo, disco and many other dance forms.
The three-week event will run from Tuesday to Saturday, and the ticket price is $17 per dancer, but a week pass or a subscription ticket will cost much less. Information is available on Lincoln Center’s Web site on which musical group will be performing on what day and for what type of dance style, and if you know this type of dance or do you need to take a lesson. If one knows all of the dance steps, they can come to the event at 7:15 pm, but if one is not so confident in their abilities, they should come at 6:30 PM for a group lesson, where a professional dancer will show them the basic movements and steps of the dance being showcased on that particular day.
One will be surprised to see how many people not only love to dance, but also know how to do it well. There are always couples on the dance floor that dance with great enthusiasm and skill, no matter how old they are. There are many dance fans, passionate about music and flexible, who are not afraid of critical public opinion, and each year they incorporate more complex moves into their dance repertoires. The warm applause they receive is well deserved.
Newbies also get public applause, for their courage. Those who don’t really know how to dance, dancing off beat, but who overcome their natural stiffness under the stage’s bright spotlights, are appreciated. For many, this event is not only a chance to dance, but establish oneself publicly by being “out there,” in front of an audience.
By the way, there are days when the dance space is given to children, and dancing at the city’s most established dance venue, in one of the country’s most famous art complexes might be the beginning of a dance career for someone. Well, if you think about it, a child would remember that performance for the rest of their life.
The first dance cycle begins at 7:30 PM, then there’s an hour break, followed by another hour of dancing to live music. And after 10:00 PM participants are asked to wear headphones, through which music will be broadcast so as not to disturb residents in the neighboring buildings. Incidentally, by this time the food court may be very useful, especially near the event.
“Midsummer Night Swing” is also a very important event for live bands that perform on stage. Their appearance gives them professional recognition, a huge audience and a generous fee. Within the three weeks of the event, each day features different music ranging, for example, from the unique blues of New Orleans jazz to the sizzling compositions of Latin groups.
That’s why those who “don’t dance” still buy tickets to hear these legendary bands live in and outdoors, right under the brilliant summer stars. For example, this summer “New York’s Own Salsa Legends,” Ismael Miranda will be performing live at Lincoln Center Summer Stage. Alternatively, one may hear the New York debut of Grammy Award winner, Septeto Santiaguero, who will also perform this summer.
There’s no other choice but to dance, as there is no seating on the outdoor dance floor at the main stage.
“Midsummer Night Swing” has unexpectedly become an international event since foreign tourists began attending it, which in New York coincides with the height of the summer tourist season. The holiday atmosphere of this dance marathon has become an integral feature of the event, and has given it enormous popularity. Therefore, tickets for the outdoor dance event begin selling in March.
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