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Dance Party: Bachata Tradicional

Superb bands and expert dance instruction
Angelito Jusay
May 17, 2023, 6:00pm–8:30pm

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.


Instruction by Desiree Godsell
Live music by Valerio

Valerio is a bachata band from New York City. The brothers Joel and Mony sing, play guitar, and compose all of their music. Joel started playing guitar at the age of 15 and quickly realized his younger brother Mony had the same passion for music and was eager to learn. They were born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, and were heavily inspired by their father, who played piano, and older brother, Mariano, who played percussion. Joel and Mony mainly write romantic-style love songs, but they also have a funny side where they combine traditional bachata with humorous Spanglish lyrics. They’ve been performing professionally since 2006 and now are social media stars thanks to their hit song “I Don’t Wanna Work.”


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