Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing Has All the Right Moves

A couple dances together at the 2014 Midsummer Night Swing.

Image: The Midsummer Night Swing at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Credit: Diana Robinson

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing was never planned to last for over 25 years. It started in 1989 during a 30th birthday celebration for the Center. Meant to be a one-night event, people fell in love with both the music and dancing under the stars.

Midsummer Night Swing is part of Lincoln Center’s cultural programming and is supported by selfless financial community leaders like James Dinan, Founder, York Capital Management; Bill Ford, General Atlantic Chief Executive Officer; and Barbara Vogelstein, formerly of Apax Partners.

Netflix and dance—it has kind of ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s a phrase that someone might be tapping out to a friend as they prepare to attend one of the many dances during Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

Binge watching dramatic entertainment has revived an interest in our cultural past. Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire refreshed the fashion, music, and dance from our collective pasts.

Viewers fell in step with the romance of those eras. Soon their steps quickened and they were taking dance classes and looking for a place to swing. Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing has become that destination for many New Yorkers.

The dancing is scheduled from June 21st until July 9th. Every evening the dance floor opens at 6:00 pm. Dancers with the will but not the way should participate in the dance lesson that’s taught by professional dancers each evening from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.

Of course, the dance class is related to the featured music that evening. Once the class is finished a featured live act performs for one hour from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. A second live set runs from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Salsa, disco, and tango will heat up the night. Septeto Santiaguero will debut their blend of traditional and experimental music on June 28 and bring the spirit of Havana to New York City. Each evening begins with dance lessons and includes a mixture of live and recorded music.

Because Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing has grown in popularity over the years, if you want to dance you must buy a ticket. A ticket to a single evening is $17, or a dedicated dancer can purchase a pass to the entire event and save money for a new pair of dancing shoes.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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