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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.

News Blurb: Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing, June 26 – July 14, 2012, NYC

Tickets are already on sale for Lincoln Center’s 24th season of “Midsummer Night Swing” taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 26—July 14.  The Swing’s 15 dazzling nights of dancing, and one free daytime lesson for children, take place at the bandshell and elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. “Midsummer Night Swing” offers an array of dance music styles including salsa, swing, tango, rock ‘n’ roll, and bhangra. The series opens on June 26 with a look back at the Mad Men era of the fifties and sixties with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra paying tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.  The lush orchestrations, the swelling strings and romantic melodies defined cool in that era and made the dance floor the only place to be.  Subsequent nights will bring sizzling salsa, New Orleans jazz, lively lindy-hopping, torrid tango, and rollicking rock ‘n’ roll onto the stage and out onto the floor.  Another of the many highlights, and new this year, will be a night celebrating the centennial of Luis Gonzaga, the father of baião, the popular dance music from the northeastern region of Brazil. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing is at 7:30 pm until 10 pm, and dancing continues until 11:30 pm on July 7 and 12 for the Silent Discos. Silent Discos will take place on the dance floor around Damrosch Park when the sound system is turned off, the dance party keeps going – the DJ broadcasts directly to dancers’ headphones, provided by Silent Frisco. Passers-by will see hundreds of people dancing to seemingly no music – a silent disco. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $80 for six nights, and $160 for the full season.  New this year are the Latin Pass for $60 for four nights of Latin dance, and the Swing pass for $60 for four nights of swing dance. Tickets for individual evening events are $17. For more information, visit www.MidsummerNightSwing.org   Read more >>

News Blurb: 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Features Dance Features and Shorts

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival features dance films and includes “Ballroom Dance” directed and written by Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed;“BAM150” directed by Michael Sládek; “Fame High” directed and written by Scott Hamilton Kennedy and “Prima” directed and written by Miguel Calayan.“Ballroom Dancer”, in Russian with English subtitles begins as a comeback story and evolves into a movingly intimate tragic romance. “BAM150” is a testament to the power and stamina of the institution that made Brooklyn Academy of Music a cultural mecca. “Fame High” is a tribute to discovering your passion and deciding whether you have the talent to take it to the next level. “Prima,” a short film from the Philippines is about a ballerina who leaps and spins in front of an invisible audience until she falls limp on the ground and returns to reality – alone in a room on a wheelchair. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival's mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and allow its filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience. Though the Festival is anchored in Tribeca, events take place in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, including film screenings, concerts, a family street fair, panel discussions, and other special events. For more information, visit http://www.tribecafilm.com.  Read more >>

WWII Era Swing Dance at Ft. Hancock, Sandy Hook, NJ, May 19, 2012

Celebrating the music and entertainment of 1943. Dance to the classic swing of the early 1940s as performed by Swingadelic NYC area's greatest "little big band" with traditional big band sounds. Swing Dance Lesson at 7PM on Saturday, May 19 in the Chapel at Fort Hancock. 1940s period attire encouraged. Part of the Annual Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area.  Read more >>

Featured Article: Dancing In New York City

By: Diana de Rosa - Dancing has always been a passion of mine. As a little kid going to weddings I’d be on the sidelines tapping my feet because I was too shy but ultimately there was no stopping me. Out on the dance floor I would go boogying away. I started out doing a lot of freestyle dancing at clubs and even with a band. At one point they wanted me to try for a Guinness record but that never did happen. Nowadays I do partner dancing at studios, mostly Hustle, Latin and a little West Coast Swing. I really want to learn to Ballroom Dance. So, hopefully that will also happen. Dancing is the hobby that gives my life some meaning and keeps me sane. So, this first column is the beginning of the NY Dance Scene.  Read more >>

Follow My Lead: A Learn-to-Shag Dance Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina

Follow My Lead: A Learn-to-Shag Dance Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina
Dancers as well as foodies and history buffs all will enjoy a weekend in Columbia, South Carolina

What is shag dancing, we wondered. Ballroom dance lessons in New York had only schooled us in foxtrot, swing, west coast swing, tango, rumba, mambo, cha cha, waltz and salsa.

I asked Karen M., my friend from Charleston, who told me that shag dancing is like swing dancing except slower so you can hold your beer. Brett C. who’s from Columbia and lives in New York City, said that he learned to shag dance in elementary school and took me aside at a business reception to show me the basic step. It reminded me of the night club two-step.  Read more >>

News Blurb: Flamenco Festival in Düsseldorf, 11 Days of Flamenco Dancing

The most famous Flamenco events may still take place in Spain, but shortly after the genre’s annual highlights end in Jerez and Sevilla, many of the biggest names in Flamenco take their dancing shoes from Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, where one of the largest festivals of its kind takes place at the tanzhaus nrw (Dance House North-Rhine Westphalia) from March 30 – April 9, 2012.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Thirteen’s American Masters Pays Tribute to Influential Jazz Legend Cab Calloway During Black History Month

American Masters pays tribute to pioneering jazz legend Cab Calloway during Black History Month with the new music documentary “Cab Calloway: Sketches” premiering nationally Monday, February 27 from 10-11pm on PBS. In the New York metro-area, the film airs Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. on Thirteen.

A singer, dancer, bandleader, and consummate showman, Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s with Harlem's famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for his signature song "Minnie the Moocher," his portrayal of Sportin' Life in the 1952 touring production of Porgy and Bess, and role in The Blues Brothers (1980), Cab influenced countless musicians, dancers and performers, including Michael and Janet Jackson, Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Uptown) and many of today's hip-hop artists. "I am especially delighted to bring Cab Calloway to younger audiences -- and he does become quite alive through the inventive animation in this film," says Susan Lacy, American Masters series creator and executive producer. “Cab Calloway: Sketches” is a co-production of Artline Films, ARTE France, and AVRO, in association with Inscape Productions and Thirteen’s American Masters for WNET. More information: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/cab-calloway-sketches/about-the-documentary/1958/    

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“Dancing for Their Future” Dancing Classrooms’ Benefit Dinner Dance, February 15, NYC

Musical strains from the Paul Errico Orchestra will fill the air of the Pierre Grand Ballroom and guests will fill the dance floor at “Dancing for Their Future,” Dancing Classrooms’ benefit dinner dance, on Wednesday, February 15.  The black-tie gala is Dancing Classrooms’ major fundraising event of the year. Proceeds will play an important role in helping the organization carry out its mission: To build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Turning Stone Resort and Casino

Skaná, just saying the word makes me feel peaceful. I always did think that dancing and a massage were a good combination and at Turning Stone Casino Resort, with its Lava Nightclub, Leopard Dance lounge and Skaná Spa a happy guest gets both in one weekend. This September a two-night (Saturday/Sunday night) stay was booked for the ultimate in a “yours, mine and ours” weekend.  Spa for me; poker for him; dancing for us. The Turning Stone property, located in the heart of upstate NY (drive north from the city then turn left at Albany) and owned by the Oneida Nation, offers accommodations in four buildings. The Casino is located in the Hotel and The Spa is located in the 3 story Lodge (connected by an enclosed walkway bridge) and that is where we stayed. The Lodge offers interior access to the Skaná Spa and to Wildflowers, a four star restaurant with a menu focusing on seasonal ingredients.  Read more >>

“A Country Christmas Charity Concert Event at the Copacabana in NYC – Nashville Style”

New York City – Nashville Style! On December 18, 2011, Big South Music Group will present a Country Christmas Charity Concert at The Copacabana in New York City featuring country star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chuck Wicks along with opening acts Marla Morris and Rose Coppola from New Haven County, CT. The two charities involved in this event are the Food Bank For New York City and the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville, TN. The event is the first Country Concert the Copacabana has held!  Read more >>