Let’s Dance Boston!

Dreaming of dancing out under the stars? Dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to grab their dancing shoes and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17, 2017 for the return of Let’s Dance Boston!

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 moves down to Dewey Square Park on The Greenway and features four consecutive nights of dynamic live music and dance along with a special Sunday afternoon event, in association with the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

Ever wanted to learn how to salsa? Always looked on in envy as your friends take over the dance floor with their swing moves? In September, everyone is invited to learn and participate in this free, fun dance party. Fun for all, the five-day dance extravaganza will include five different live bands preceded by expert dance instructors. Each event begins with a 45-minute free dance lesson taught by professional teachers in the dance style of the evening. After the lesson, a live band performs a 90-minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party.


Join us for five events and five dance styles, featuring:

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.



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’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.


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Let’s Dance Boston Partners:

Sponsored By:

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

Additional Support Provided By: