Let’s Dance Boston!

Thanks for Dancing with Us, Boston!

We danced, we laughed, we made new friends, and some of us even got soaked! Thanks to all who joined us at the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17 for Let’s Dance Boston 2017. Despite some cool rain, the dance floor was hot all week, and we had a blast learning some new dance steps from our fantastic teachers.

First appearing on the Greenway in 2015, Let’s Dance Boston is one of the most vibrant free outdoor dance and music parties ever to take place in the city. In 2017, Let’s Dance Boston moved down to Dewey Square Park on The Greenway for four consecutive nights of dynamic live music and dance along with a special Sunday afternoon event, in association with the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

Bostonians from across the city participated in the free dance party. Fun for all, the five-day dance extravaganza included five different live bands preceded by expert dance instructors. Each event began with a 45-minute free dance lesson taught by professional teachers in the dance style of the evening. After the lesson, a live band performed a 90-minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party.

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Visit our season calendar or our free Neighborhood Arts performance calendar to learn more about all of our 2017-18 offerings!

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters!

Let’s Dance Boston Sponsors:

Leslie & Howard Appleby
Amy & Joshua Boger
Stephanie L. Brown Foundation
Donna & Mike Egan
and Eleanor & Frank Pao

Additional Support Provided By:

Let’s Dance Boston Partners:

Special Thanks To:

MASSabda, Dance Complex, Boston Dance Alliance, Charles Baldwin at Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), Aysha Upchurch at VSA Mass, Wooden Kiwi, Hop to the Beat Dance Studio, Boston Swing Central, The Boston Lindy Bomb Squad, Boston Lindy Hop, The Riff Academy, and Michael Winward from Steps in Time.

 


Let’s Dance Boston 2017 Performers & Instructors:

SWING

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, featuring Laura Windley

Wednesday, September 13
Group Dance Lesson: 6-6:45pm
Live Music & Open Dancing: 7-8:30pm
Dance Instructors: Katie & Paolo Piselli teach Swing

From the Lindy Hop to the Charleston, there is a vibrancy and excitement to Swing that will be evident as Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, featuring Laura Windley, take the stage. This hard-swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble, created in the mold of the late 1930s and early 1940s dance bands, performs arrangements popularized by bands led by Fletcher Henderson, the Coleman Hawkins All Stars, various Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton side groups, the Dickie Wells and Willie Bryant orchestras, and more.

Artist Link: rhythmserenaders.com


Partners in life and dance, Katie and Paolo Piselli bring more than 15 years of experience in social dancing to the dance floor as they share the basic movements of swing.


MAMBO

Tito Puente, Jr. and His Orchestra

Thursday, September 14
Group Dance Lesson: 6-6:45pm
Live Music & Open Dancing: 7-8:30pm
Dance Instructors: Ana Masacote & Gastrell Rossignol teach Mambo

Havana comes to The Greenway with the fast-paced, Latin-dance moves of the Mambo! Tito Puente Jr. and His Orchestra will take the stage with their high-voltage celebration of Latin music. Puente, Jr. is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, Tito Puente, revered by many as “Mambo King.”

Artist Link: titopuentejr


Profiled as “The Future of Mambo” in La Voz del Mambo magazine, Ana “Masacote” Tinajero joins Gastrell Rossignol, a Latin dance instructor, to teach the basic moves of Mambo.


’70s DISCO

The Loser’s Lounge

Friday, September, 15
Group Dance Lesson: 6-6:45pm
Live Music & Open Dancing: 7-8:30pm
Dance Instructor: Rob Glover teaches the Hustle

Hustle down to Dewey Square Park for a ‘70s Disco Party with The Loser’s Lounge, a collective of New York City’s finest performers founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty. You bring the moves, they’ll bring all the greatest hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Dust off your best disco suits and dresses and bring the sparkle down to the Greenway!

Artist Link: loserslounge.com

Performance coach and choreographer Rob Glover shares his award-winning moves as he teaches the basic partner steps of the classic disco dance, the Hustle.


SALSA

Orquesta SCC “La Excelencia”

Saturday, September 16
Group Dance Lesson: 6-6:45pm
Live Music & Open Dancing: 7-8:30pm
Dance Instructors: Jenna Robey & Luis Talavera Díaz teach Salsa

It’s Salsa time! Enjoy the sounds of Orquesta SCC “La Excelencia,” a salsa dura orchestra based in New York City. The 11-piece big band is world-renowned for breaking from many unnecessary traditions in order to recreate the genuine Latin style and sound in a manner that befits the modern era of music.

Artist Link: Orquestra SCC “La Excelencia”


Malden-based Latin dance instructors, Jenna Robey and Luis Talavera Diaz, share the basics of Salsa.


KLEZMER

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express

Sunday, September 17
Group Dance Lesson: 3-3:45pm
Live Music & Open Dancing: 4-5:30pm
Dance Instructor: Steve Weintraub teaches and leads Yiddish Folk Dance

Let’s Dance Boston concludes with an afternoon of Klezmer, offered in association with the Jewish Arts Collaborative. The day features the sounds of Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, led by composer/violinist/vocalist Alicia Svigals, the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics.

Artist Link:  aliciasvigals.com


Steve Weintraub, who will teach and lead the audience in Yiddish Folk Dance, is an internationally-known teacher who has trained with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins.


Accessibility

Information
Volunteer ambassadors in bright blue shirts will be situated at the information booth, near the entrance, and throughout Dewey Square Park to help with directions and information. People of all abilities are welcome on the dance floor, and lessons will be geared for all levels. Assistant teachers will be on the floor for anyone who needs one-on-one help. Please see a volunteer or staff member for any assistance you might need.

By MBTA
Several public transit stations are located near Dewey Square Park:

Commuter Rail: South Station (exit to Dewey Square)
Silver Line: South Station
Red Line: South Station
Bus: South Station (walk north to Dewey Square or west to Chinatown) or Haymarket

From South Station:
Use cross walks to cross Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue. The walking distance from South Station to Dewey Square Park is approximately 500 ft. The station is accessible and meets State and Federal access standards. The pathway to the dancefloor is a compact earth path and approximately 50ft long. There are 2 ramps from the path to the dance floor, which is approximately 3 inches above the grass.

By Car or Bike
Directions and Parking suggestions can be found here.

Scheduling Trips with THE RIDE
We strongly suggest contacting The RIDE for assistance with transportation. 

For Wednesday, Sept 13 through Saturday, Sept 16:
Suggested arrival time: 5:45 pm
Suggested pick-up time: 8:30pm
Live set ends at 8:30pm

For Sunday, Sept 17:
Suggested arrival time: 2:45 pm
Suggested pick-up time: 5:30pm
Live set ends at 5:30pm

Drop-off and pick-up location:
South Station, 700 Atlantic Avenue, between bus and train terminals on Atlantic Avenue
http://www.south-station.net/transportation/

Restrooms
There are unisex portable bathrooms, including one accessible bathroom, available onsite at Dewey Square Park. Additionally, there are men’s and women’s restrooms indoors at South Station, approximately 500ft.

Celebrity Series invites you to call us at 617.482.2595 or send an email to info@celebrityseries.org for more information or assistance, or if you have any comments or suggestions. You can also find more information about visiting The Greenway at rosekennedygreenway.org.