Anyone who loves to dance is welcome at New York’s Lincoln Center outdoor dancing festival for several weeks starting next week. Staged at a specially designed open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park on West 62 Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.) Midsummer Night Swing brings well- known bands to the stage Tuesdays through Saturdays from June 24 to July 12. Each night there will also be lessons in the style of the evening’s music.
Jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvan backed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks,will headline the initial dance Tues. June 24, according to a Lincoln Center press release. Expect classic swing by tunesmiths from Ellington to Count Basie. The next night, Wed. June 25 brings African soukous, semba, and kizomba with Cuban rhythms from Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, joined by salsa dura trombonist Jimmy Bosch. Thursday June 26 is Disco Night, with the collective known as The Loser’s Lounge. The music of ABBA is on the menu in honor of LGBT Pride Week.
The Hot Sardines stars on Fri. June 27 with jazz and swing from the Depression-era 1930s. Sat June 28 the Crescent City takes center stage, with the New York debut of The Band Courtbouillon – the Grammy Award-winning Cajun supergroup featuring three generations of Louisiana stars: Wayne Toups, Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys) and Wilson Savoy (of The Pine Leaf Boys). A complete lineup of weeks two and three can be found online.
Tickets to individual nights are $17. Multi-evening passes are priced at $84 for six dances, and $170 for the full season. Four dance passes are available for $60. A special "ambassadors pass" is available this year for $100, which admits four to a single night and includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer. The dance floor opens at 6 p.m. each night with the evening’s lesson at 6:30.
Tickets and passes can be obtained in advance at the Avery Fisher Hall box office in Lincoln Center at Broadway and 65St., by phone through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or online. On a given night tickets can be bought at the box office in Damrosch Park.