A midtown tradition since 2014, Dance Party returns to Bryant Park this summer! At each Dance Party event, attendees meet at the world-famous Bryant Park Fountain to learn basic steps with expert instructors from 6 to 7pm. Afterwards, participants can test out their new moves to live music performed by a diverse selection of bands from 7 to 8:30pm.
Dance Party makes dance fun and easy for all ages and ability levels with hands-on instruction in popular steps. Audiences will learn basic moves in styles like salsa and swing, bachata, salsa dura, and more. Hosted by Talia Castro-Pozo, a stellar cast of instructors from around the globe bring their deep understanding of the traditions and innovations of their chosen specialties.
This year's Dance Party series showcases New York City's signature brand of salsa dura with La Excelencia (5/3); traditional Argentinian tango with Latin Grammy-winning bassist Pedro Giraudo (5/4); Andean Afro-cumbia with the 2022 Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Andean Funk (5/10); Harlem-style Swing dance with Charenée Wade’s Band of Swing (5/11); bachata tradicional with hometown hero Valerio (5/17); and a night of salsa's greatest hits with Santiago y la Orquesta (5/18).
Dance Instruction at 6pm
Live Music and Dance at 7pm
Wednesday, May 3
New York Salsa Dura
with La Excelencia
Thursday, May 4
Tango Argentino Tradicional
with Pedro Giraudo
Wednesday, May 10
Andean Afro-Cumbia Extravaganza
With Afro-Andean Funk
Thursday, May 11
Swing Dance: The American Cultural Experience
with Charenee Wade's Band of Swing
Wednesday, May 17
Thursday, May 18
Greatest Salsa Hits of All-Time
with Santiago y la Orquesta