Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

An Afternoon of Klezmer! Let’s Dance Boston Sunday Recap

It was an afternoon of laughter, dancing, and a little bit of schvitzing! Thanks to all who joined us and the Jewish Arts Collaborative for a fantastic finale to our Let’s Dance Boston festival. Our Klezmer afternoon featured music by Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express and Yiddish Folk Dancing led by Steve Weintraub. Below are a few of our favorite moments of the day, but you can see our full gallery of Let’s Dance Boston Sunday photos here. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Hot Music and Moves: Let’s Dance Boston Saturday Recap

It was a crowded dance floor when Orquesta SCC “La Excelencia” took the stage at Saturday night’s Let’s Dance Boston event, charging the crowd with their driving salsa rhythms. Dancers of all levels, many of whom took part in Jenna Robey and Luis Talavera Díaz’s group lesson prior to the performance, spent the next 90 minutes heating up the dance floor with quick steps and fancy turns.

Check out a few of our favorite photos below, and see all of the snaps from our evening in our Let’s Dance Boston Saturday night photo gallery here. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Disco in the Rain! – Let’s Dance Boston Friday Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out and danced in the rain with us last night! Award-winning performance coach and choreographer Rob Glover taught attendees a series of smokin’ moves before the first of a couple of showers passed through. New York City’s The Loser’s Lounge picked up where Rob left off, reigniting the dance floor with the greatest hits of the 1970s. While we wish the party could have lasted longer, Mother Nature had other plans in mind, and The Loser Lounge’s set ended a few minutes early. Below are a few of our favorite moments of the night, but you can check out our full Let’s Dance Boston Friday night photo gallery here.

Didn’t get your fill of dancing last night? Don’t fret! The forecast calls for clear skies all weekend, so we hope to see you back at Dewey Square Park for Salsa tonight and Yiddish Folk Dancing tomorrow afternoon! Learn more. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

A Little Bit of Rain Couldn’t Stop the Rhythm – Let’s Dance Boston Thursday Recap

There may have been some cool rain last night, but the dance floor was hotter than ever. Let’s Dance Boston continued Thursday with our Mambo night, featuring Tito Puente, Jr. and His Orchestra and a group dance lesson led by Ana Masacote & Gastrell Rossignol. Take a look at some of our favorite snaps below, and don’t forget: there’s still time to join us for ’70s Disco, Salsa, and Klezmer this weekend!

We have many more photos to share! See them all in our Let’s Dance Boston Thursday gallery. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Let’s Dance Boston is in Full Swing! Wednesday Recap


Let’s Dance Boston
kicked off last night to the swinging tunes of Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders and a full dance floor! See all the fun from the evening with a few of our favorite photos below, make plans to join us for one of our four remaining events!

Want to see more? Explore all the photos from the night in our Let’s Dance Boston photo gallery. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Neighborhood Arts

Celebrity Series Announces Neighborhood Arts 2017-18 Season

Fall is approaching, and so is the 2017-18 Neighborhood Arts season!

Now entering its sixth season, Neighborhood Arts brings the joy of live performance to people of all ages and abilities, drawing deeply on partnerships with Boston area artists and community organizations to activate neighborhoods with a rich and varied array of opportunities. This season, Neighborhood Arts will present 90+ events, including interactive, hands-on workshops for youth, artist residencies with youth ensembles, and free concerts in neighborhood venues in six Boston neighborhoods: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

“This season we are delighted to collaborate with more than 44 community partners and to showcase nine ensembles comprised of 36 artists, including six returning Neighborhood Arts ensembles,” said Robin Baker, Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “With more than 20 concerts that span six continents of global culture—all located at accessible venues around Boston, there’s truly something for everyone this season.”
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Classical, Main Stage, Playlist

Mixtape Monday: Chamber Music Inspired by Our 2017-18 Season

It’s Mixtape Monday, and this week we’re shining a light on the brilliant chamber musicians taking part in our 2017-18 Season. From the period instrument sounds of Quatuor Mosaïques to the contemporary textures of eighth blackbird, immerse yourself in the stunning precision and artistry of our chamber musicians.

Want to hear these artists live? Visit our 2017-18 calendar to see when they’re coming to Boston.

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Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Let’s Dance Boston: 5 Questions with Swing Instructors, Katie and Paolo

From the Lindy Hop to the Carolina Shag, there is a vibrancy and excitement to Swing that will be evident as we kick off Let’s Dance Boston on Wednesday, September 13, at Dewey Square Park! Join us on the dance floor as local instructors and choreographers, Katie and Paolo Piselli, lead the audience in a swing lesson for dancers of all ages and abilities. Partners in life and dance, Katie and Paolo bring more than 15 years of swing dancing experience to the Let’s Dance Boston stage and are returning instructors from our inaugural 2015 event.

How did they get into social dancing? What do they say to someone with two left feet? Ahead of the event, we asked Katie and Paolo a handful of questions to help you get to know these talented cats before joining them on the dance floor this September.

Celebrity Series: How did you get into social dancing?

Paolo: A long time ago a friend dragged me to a swing dance.  At first I wasn’t interested but I ended up having a blast!  Almost 20 years later I am still dancing and loving it.

Katie: I started because of Paolo! We met doing a show together at the Turtle Lane Playhouse and he offered to teach swing dance to any cast members who might be interested. I very eagerly said “yes, please!” (I also had a crush on him. So….win win?) Years later we’re married and I am a full time swing dance instructor. So there you go. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Playlist, Public Art

Mixtape Monday: Let’s Dance Boston!

Let’s Dance Boston returns this September with bands that are sure to make you move! For this week’s “Mixtape Monday,” we’re giving you a taste of what to expect on the dance floor with music from the artists who will be playing live. Like what you hear? Be sure to join us September 13-17 at Dewey Square Park on the Greenway for this free, five-day dance party!

And don’t worry if you don’t have the moves: Before each band takes the stage, we’ll have expert dance instructors teaching the basics of the featured dance style of the day. After the 45-minute lesson, a live band performs a 90-minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party. Continue Reading

Main Stage, Pianist, Piano, Playlist

Mixtape Monday: The Pianists of Our 2017-18 Season

Martha Argerich. Eddie Palmieri. Daniil Trifonov. Maurizio Pollini. There is no shortage of variety when it comes to the pianists of our 2017-18 Season. This week’s Mixtape Monday brings together this season’s masters of the ivories in an over 2-hour musical exploration. We invite you to grab your headphones and experience the sheer power of Yuja Wang, the potent Cuban jazz rhythms of Chucho Valdés, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of composer Ludovico Einaudi, and much more!

Want to hear these artists live? Visit our 2017-18 calendar to see when they’re coming to Boston.

To listen to the full songs on this playlist, you’ll need a Spotify account. Sign up for a free account here.