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    Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:27:30

    Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Marks 25th Anniversary With Dance Programming - It launches June 25 through July 13

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    • Duke Ellington - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Duke Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington (Above C) and the cast and band of the Tony Award-nominated for Best Musical 'After Midnight' attend the 'Duke Ellington Way' unveiling celebration of 'After Midnight' at Times Square on June 4, 2014 in New York City.
    • Duke Ellington - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Duke Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington (C), the cast and band of the Tony Award-nominated for Best Musical 'After Midnight' attend the 'Duke Ellington Way' unveiling celebration of 'After Midnight' at Times Square on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

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    It's always a party in NYC, but New York's most fabulous outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing—is marking its 25th Anniversary season this summer by inviting New York's iconic dance bands to bring live music to Damrosch Park.

    We have all the details for you to digest. If you want to enjoy social dance, this is the place to do it.

    Taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13, Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from dozens of different ethnic and economic backgrounds for evenings of social dance.

    Says Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, "In its 25-year history, Midsummer Night Swing has been responsible for helping revive social dancing, not only in New York but around the country and abroad. This anniversary year we celebrate the magic of dancing to some of New York's greatest bands, along with some of the best from around the globe."

    On June 25, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, which is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, will play big band classics by Duke Ellington and others, ideal for swinging the night away. "Expect some 25th Anniversary surprises: special guests, celebratory first dances, old friends, and a few symposiums to celebrate our quarter century," says series producer Jill Sternheimer. The total of 15 nights of dancing will bring sizzling salsa, smokin' boogie woogie, lively lindy-hopping, torrid tango, funky R&B, and rollicking rock 'n' roll onto the stage and out onto the elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

    Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy's.

    Tickets and passes go on sale May 22. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six nights, and $170 for the full season. Four night passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.

    Following their success last season, there will be two "Silent Discos" on July 5 and 11. At the "Silent Disco," dancers are provided with earphones to listen to extended dj sets after the live music ends at 10PM. While the participants dance seemingly in silence to the casual observer, bopping along to the "silent" beats, dancers are actually part of an exhilarating public/private dance party. For one of the evenings, two DJs will be spinning different music in different headphone channels, creating simultaneous and ever shifting dance parties, as dancers switch back and forth between channels.

    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 until 10PM. Dancing continues until 11:30PM on July 5 and 11 for the "Silent Discos."

    For more info, visit http://midsummernightswing.org.

    Anyone plane to enjoy this programming this summer?

    —Katie Sheehan
    04.29.13



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