Press Release: Let’s Dance Boston Returns to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, September 13-17, 2017

Dance the Night Away Under the Boston Skyline

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Erin Callanan, 617-905-6866

July 25, 2017  Boston, MA – Dreaming of dancing out under the stars? The Celebrity Series of Boston invites dancers of all ages and abilities to grab their dancing shoes and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17, 2017 for the return of Let’s Dance Boston, produced by the Celebrity Series of 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 will move down the Greenway to Dewey Square Park and will feature 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.

“At the Celebrity Series, we believe that live performance is a lifelong, shared and valued experience, whether it be on stage, in schools, at home or in our public parks,” said Gary Dunning, president and executive director at the Celebrity Series of Boston. “As we found in 2015, Let’s Dance Boston embodies that vision, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together on the dance floor for a share experience. It’s truly a joy to see it all happen and we want to invite everyone to join us at The Greenway’s Dewey Square Park in September.”

Fun for all, the five-day dance extravaganza will include five different live bands preceded by expert dance instructors. Each event will begin with 45 minutes of a free dance lesson taught by professional teachers in the dance style of the evening. After the 45-minute dance lessons, the live bands will perform ninety-minute sets to accompany the dancing and continue the party.

Let’s Dance Boston will take place on a specially installed large dance floor with an elevated performance stage at Dewey Square Park.

“The Greenway couldn’t be happier to welcome back the Celebrity Series of Boston and their incredibly popular production of Let’s Dance Boston,” offered Jesse Brackenbury, executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. “This event was an all-ages hit in 2015 and we’re again looking forward to welcome attendees for evenings filled with dance and music while surrounded by our art and gardens.”

Each evening will feature a different style of dance. Styles confirmed to date include salsa, swing and on Sunday afternoon, Klezmer folk dance, produced in association with Jewish Arts Collaborative. The full schedule as well as the live bands will be announced later this summer. All instructions and open dance sessions are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit celebrityseries.org/letsdanceboston

Let’s Dance Boston is sponsored by Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Donna & Mike Egan, and Eleanor & Frank Pao.  Additional support is provided by the Barr Foundation.

ABOUT CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 79-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

From orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series has been bringing great artists to Boston’s major concert halls for nearly eight decades. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, the French-US Exchange in Dance, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mrs. Belinda Herrera Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

About the Rose Kennedy Greenway:
The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a roof garden atop a highway tunnel, is a contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The non-profit Greenway Conservancy maintains, programs, finances, and improves the 1.5-mile Greenway on behalf of the public. The Greenway welcomed 1,379,000 trackable visitors in 2016, and the Conservancy has won numerous awards for organic landscape care, public art, and programming.

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