Dance Travel News

News, reviews, features and announcements for people who like to dance and also like to travel. Here you'll find out where to go out dancing around the US and abroad. In Dance Travel News you'll find feature articles, news blurbs, reviews and announcements of upcoming dance events, dance weekends, supper clubs with dancing to live bands, dance cruises, dances benefiting charities, outdoor dancing, dance festivals, and dance performances. Check here regularly, and become a fan on our Facebook page, Dance Travel News, for reviews and news items about where to enjoy ballroom dancing, swing dancing, west coast swing, foxtrot, rumba, mambo, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, hustle, country 2-step and more, plus ballet, modern dance and jazz. Submit dance related news to editor Lisa Skriloff at lisa@multicultural, 212-242-3351.

Dancing in the Park: 80th Anniversary of Harlem Jazz and Swing Dancing

On Friday August 7th, 2015, enjoy a great summer night to celebrate Harlem's jazz culture and Harlem’s signature cultural dance on the 80th Anniversary of Swing Dancing in the Park.  Read more >>

The Edison Ballroom to Host Its "September Swing Event" Featuring Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band

On Friday Sept. 11th, 2015 the Edison Ballroom will once again host its special, “SEPTEMBER SWING” Event, featuring the big band leader, Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band. Joe’s big band sound is considered among the best ever. He has performed for such dignitaries as Hilary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, and Barbara Walters. For the past 20 years, Joe and his orchestra have performed regularly at The Rainbow Room, Tavern on the Green, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and most recently, right here at the Edison Ballroom. Joe’s New York Big Band is composed of a 16- piece orchestra as well as accompanying vocalists. Also featured at this event will be the romantic Latin sounds of Direct Latin Influence, also known as DLI. Renowned Chef Mina Newman will provide a 4- course meal for the event. Tickets for dinner and dancing are priced at $150.00 per person, which include VIP seating, a sumptuous four course meal, all drinks, taxes and gratuities. Festivities start at 7:00PM. Mezzanine seating tickets  are also available at a price of $100.00 per person, which include all of the above. This event ends at 1AM, with continuous dancing throughout. For more information or for tickets, please contact the Edison Ballroom at (212) 201-7650. Or to purchase tickets online, please visit

Univision Canada and Mariposa Cruises present The Salsa in Toronto Festival Cruise Nights July 2-9

A popular fixture in Toronto's harbour, Mariposa Cruises kicks off this year's Salsa in Toronto Festival Week with three vivacious nights of salsa in an unparalleled waterfront setting. In partnership with Canada's hottest Latin-themed festivalSalsa in Toronto Cruise Nights offer guests the opportunity to take salsa lessons from and enjoy performances by the prestigious Los Salsomanos, all while savouring Latino street-style cuisine and sailing by Toronto's gorgeous skyline at sunset. One of Toronto's original salsa dance companies, Los Salsomanos will teach guests the basics or help them brush up on their moves. Music will be provided by DJ Jimmy Sauve (Thursday nights) and DJ Gio (Wednesday night), setting the mood with exclusively Latin tunes. The Salsa in Toronto Festival is a week-long celebration of Latin music, dance, food and culture! The biggest fiesta north of the border, the festival takes place from July 2-9, 2015. The festivities feature events throughout the city including a series of Latin dance and art exhibitions, Salsa in Toronto Cruise Nights, and sizzling dance parties all capped off with the main event, the 11th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival. For more information, visit: or  Read more >>

Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing 2015, June 23-July 11

The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing – takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.  Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance.  Dance genres presented this summer include swing, mambo, tango, hustle, salsa, disco, blues, Lindy hop, waacking (similar to vogue-ing), and jitterbug. The bands come from across the country and around the world to play for the most demanding and appreciative audiences they’ll ever play for – New Yorkers. “For the fifth year in a row, Macy’s is proud to serve as a sponsor of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing,” says Patti Lee, District Vice President and General Manager for Macy's Herald Square.  “Each year thousands of locals and tourists fill the park just to dance under the stars, against the New York City skyline.  Midsummer Night Swing is an anticipated New York tradition and it would not be summer without it.” For more information, visit  Read more >>

A Quick. Quick. Slow. Slow. Long Weekend in Nashville

Quick. Quick. Slow. Slow. That’s the counting pattern for the country 2-step dance. And also the pace of our Nashville long weekend this past April.  Read more >>

Dance Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26, 2015

This year Dance Themed Films include: 

  • A Ballerina's Tale - directed and written by Nelson George. (USA) The world premiere screening of Nelson George’s much-anticipated, behind-the-curtain documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades.

  • On The Town - directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. As part of the salute to Frank Sinatra on his centennial, the 1949 film, On The Town, will be screened. New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town – especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights...and those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.

  • Toto and His Sisters (Toto Si Surorile Lui) - directed and written by Alexander Nanau. (Romania) Shot over a period of 15 months, this hands-off documentary follows siblings living in a Bucharest slum. With their mother in jail, Toto and his two sisters, Ana and Andreea, live in what appears to be a communal drug den. As Ana drifts away with frequent drug use, Toto and Andreea must stick together in an orphanage, awaiting their mother’s return. In Romanian with subtitles.

By Lisa Skriloff, @dancetravelnews


Virgin Mountain Movie Review at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

A movie that takes place in Iceland and involves dance lessons, could there be a more perfect storyline for a review? With high expectations of being transported to another land, while watching a story familiar to many a dance student in the U.S., and apparently Iceland too, Virgin Mountain delivers on the theme and delivers a movie sure to be the audience favorite for Best Feature Narrative. By familiar story, I am referring to dance lessons leading to an improved social life, not the story line of bullying, manic depression and living at home at age 43 with mom and her boyfriend. By improved social life I mean simply your life after dance lessons is never the same, not necessarily boy meets girl and keeps her. A sweet and moving film, Virgin Mountain follows Fusi, (Gunnar Jonsson) an airport baggage handler who is shy, socially awkward and has the hobbies and breakfast of an 11-year old boy. After he receives a birthday gift certificate for line dance lessons and eventually shows up to a class he meets Sjofn (Ilmur Kristjansdottir), and they eventually eventually end up in bed. Is there a dance studio in America that doesn’t sell this promise, though never explicitly? True, most of the movie transpires before that takes place and a beautiful and touching journey it is. Writer-director Dagur Kári, said, at a post screening Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, he wanted to make a love story that’s not a love story, that the couple doesn’t end up together but their lives are richer for it. I asked him, How did he come to choose dance lessons to be part of this story? He said it could have been anything, he was just trying to think of something that Fusi wouldn’t want to do. Many a transformed person will tell you it’s the dance lessons that make our lives richer. Virgin Mountain would belong on an Oscar list for Best Foreign Language Film. 

By Lisa Skriloff, @dancetravelnews


The Edison Ballroom - 2015 Annual "Spring Swing" Event - Joe Battaglia and the NYBB


Dancing Classrooms to Honor International Champion of Social and Emotional Learning


Dancing Classrooms

Annual Gala Evening




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

       The Pierre Hotel          




On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Dancing Classrooms (DC) will celebrate its annual Gala evening at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  This event celebrates the work of Dancing Classrooms.  The Humanitarian Honoree is Jephtha Tausig, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist licensed in New York and Massachusetts, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. The Social, Emotional and Learning Champion Honoree is Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D., NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.   

On behalf of Dancing Classrooms and the 2015 Gala Steering committee, we would like to invite you to support the work of Dancing Classrooms by participating in the 2015 Gala Evening through a purchase of advertisement space in our journal. 


Celebrating its 21st year in 2015, Dancing Classrooms has continuously celebrated its donors and sponsors at this annual gala event.  Approximately 2000 invitations are mailed to recipients in the New York metropolitan area and more than 300 guests attend the black-tie event. The evening features a cocktail reception, live auction, performances by school children and the Youth Dance Company, and includes  a seated dinner, presentations, and dancing.

Proceeds from our annual Dinner Dance Gala allow us to bring Dancing Classrooms to 200 schools in the New York area and serve 25,000 children.

The 2014 Gala raised nearly $500,000 to support Dancing Classrooms in-school, the Dancing Classrooms Weekend Academy and the Youth Dance Company.


Our mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance. Our vision is to meaningfully participate in the development of schools and communities where every child is connected, respected, and provided a safe environment in which to thrive.


Your support, in the form of purchasing an advertisement in the Gala Journal, is integral to our success.  Options for advertising are listed in the box below:

*All files, text and payment must be received by February 13, 2015 to be published in the 2015 Gala Journal.

You can purchase your ad online by going to and follow the link for 2015 Journal Ads.

Please provide vector artwork with a resolution of 300dpi or higher at 100% of the ad size. If you wish to provide text only we are pleased to set it for you.

Files need to be in tiff, eps or PDF format. If a jpeg file, it must meet the resolution requirements.

For questions about advertising specifications, please call Yvonne Marceau at 212.244.9442 or email


Stardust April 2015 Ballroom Dance Event