May 18, 2016 — Five nights of Latin music, including the U.S. debut of Cuba’s Septeto Santiaguero, will thrill dancers at Midsummer Night Swing, New York’s premier summer dance party, when it returns for its 28th season, June 21–July 9. Single tickets and multi-evening passes are now on sale.
Ismael Miranda, recognized as one of the best salsa music soneros of all time, will have dancers’ hips swiveling on June 22. Latin Grammy Award–winners Septeto Santiaguero will perform their son cubano interpretations on June 28. Bronx-based Charanga America, recognized as one of the premier charanga groups in New York City during the 1970s and ‘80s, perform their take on this cherished form of Cuban dance music made popular in the 1940s on July 1. Gregorio Uribe, on the accordion, leads the Gregorio Uribe Big Band for an evening of cumbia on July 5. The Astoria Tango Orchestra, led by Argentina-born bandoneon virtuoso Daniel Binelli, brings the traditions of golden era big Tango bands from Buenos Aires to New York on July 7.
Midsummer Night Swing brings together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance. Acclaimed bands will play as dancers Lindy hop, salsa, hustle, Charleston, tango, and more in a gorgeous, open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).
Tickets: Multi-evening Midsummer Night Swing Passes are priced at $84 for six dances and $170 for the full season. Four-dance passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17. For $100, a group of four will receive the Dance Ambassador Package, which grants admission to the dance floor, free bag check for four, and one complimentary glass of wine or beer per guest.
Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all skill levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 pm and lasts until 10:00 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on June 23 and July 2 for the Silent Discos.
The Swing box office is located in the lobby of David Geffen Hall at Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the David Geffen Hall Box Office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park. All major credit cards will be accepted. Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212.721.6500, or at MidsummerNightSwing.org.