Midsummer Night Swing 2018

Midsummer Night Swing is three weeks of Swing, Salsa and Tango dancing to big bands outdoors at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center in June and July.

Tanghetto plays ElectroTango for dancing at Midsummer Night Swing

Argentines Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella teach Tango.
DJ Ilene Marder moves the floor.
Midsummer Night Swing
Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Midsummer Night Swing 2018 runs Tuesday – Saturday for three weeks from June 26 – July 14, 2018.

  • 6 pm ~ Dance floor opens
  • 6:30 pm ~ Dance lesson
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm ~ Live music, first set
  • 9 – 10 pm ~ Live music, second set
  • 10 – 11:30 pm ~ Silent Disco on June 28 and July 13 only

The dance floor is purpose-built so it is pretty good. All kinds of dancers go, from professionals to people taking their first dance steps.

The crowd is mostly Upper West Side. It doesn’t cost anything to listen to the music and dance in the plaza, so a lot of people just hang around outside the dance floor.

After the party, you can take a romantic walk through Central Park just a few blocks away. If that dance floor could talk… This is one of our favorite summer events in New York City.


Mambo Legends Orchestra are players from Tito Puente’s orchestra

Midsummer Night Swing
Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana play Midsummer Night Swing

Eddie Torres & Maria Torres teach Salsa on2. Eddie is the founder of New York Salsa on2.
Midsummer Night Swing
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana (Salsa)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New York Puerto Rican legend Joe Quijano is El Rey de la Pachanga. He’s been doing it for seventy years. Those people in the photo are all him over the years.

Eddie and Maria Torres teach Salsa. Eddie Torres is the father of New York Salsa on2.

There is a special FREE Adaptive lesson from 5:30 pm – 6 pm. That is for people with limited mobility. Seated versions of every dance will be taught too.

DJ Mar y Sol keeps the floor moving.


Mambo Legends Orchestra (Salsa)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Mambo Legends Orchestra are members of the Tito Puente Orchestra with some younger players. Tito is still the world’s most famous Latin musician.

Chita Rivera channels Graciela of Machito & Graciela, the legendary Cubans. Machito and the Afro-Cubans developed the fundamental forms of Latin Jazz as we know it today.

Marlon “International” Mills teaches Salsa.

DJ Turmix keeps the floor moving. He’s one of NYC’s great Latin DJs.

Tanghetto (Argentine Tango)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tanghetto is one of the electrotango bands such as Gotan Project, Otros Aires and Electrocutango that came up in the 2000s.

New Yorkers Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella teach Argentine Tango.

DJ Ilene Marder keeps the floor moving.


Orquesta El Macabeo (Salsa)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Orquesta El Macabeo blends classic big band Salsa with rock and roll attitude.

Addie Diaz teaches Salsa dancing.

DJ George Nenadich moves the floor.

Orquesta Akokán (Salsa)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Christopher Rogicki and Nayelli Valencia Turrent teach Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino. This is traditional Salsa on1 and good for Cuban and Colombian dancers.

DJ Ron McGugins moves the floor.


Tickets are for the dance floor

$17 in advance
$20 day-of-show

Silent Disco

Included or $5 for just the Silent Disco

Headphones are free, but you need a credit card or ID to borrow them.

Box Office

  • Before 5 pm: David Geffen Hall Box Office (the building on the right or north of the main plaza).
  • After 5:30 pm at Damrosch Park


Get tickets at www.lincolncenter.org


Travel light. Don’t take any bags. You can’t leave them on the dance floor and here is no seating on the dance floor. Bags must be checked for $4 per bag.

The dance floor is a sprung wood dance floor, so if you are a dancer, bring shoes appropriate to your style of dancing.

Weather cancellations are at 8:30 pm. Weather changes quickly at this time of year so prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.


(1) to 66th St – Lincoln Center

(1) or (A) (C) or (B) (D) to 59th St – Columbus Circle


M5, M7, M11, M66, M104 to Lincoln Center


Beneath Lincoln Center

Midsummer Night Swing 2017. Courtesy of Lincoln Center.

Midsummer Night Swing 2017. Courtesy of Lincoln Center.

Midsummer Night Swing 2017 is Tuesday-Saturday, June 27 – July 15, 2017.

2017 Latin Lineup

Dance old-school Puerto Rican Salsa to Don Perignon y La Puertorriqueña and DJ Mar Y Soul. Pre-show Salsa lesson with Marlon “International” Mills. Wednesday, June 28.

Dance Salsa to the Cuban Timba legend, the Issac Delgado Orchestra and DJ Broadway. Pre-show Salsa lesson with Jimmy Anton. Wednesday, July 5.

Dance Boogaloo (Latin Soul – I Like it Like That) to Joe Bataan “The King of Latin Soul,” and DJ Turmix. Pre-show Cha Cha and Boogaloo lesson with Frankie Martinez. Friday, July 7.

Dance Salsa to Bronx-born FANIA All Star Eddie Montalvo and DJ Brian. Pre-show Salsa lesson with Carlos König. Tuesday, July 11.

Dance Argentine Tango to The Aces of Rhythm: Hardcore Tango and DJ Mark Sakowski. Pablo Aslan’s Tango sextet plays a tribute to Juan D’Arienzo “The King of Rhythm.” Pre-show Argentine Tango lesson with Pablo Pugliese and Noel Strazza. Thursday, July 13.

Midsummer Night Swing 2015 is dancing outdoors on a sprung-wood dance floor to great live orchestras at Lincoln Center Tuesday – Saturday, June 23 – July 11, 2015.

Orquesta SCC

Friday, June 26, 2015

Orquesta SCC is a contemporary salsa dura band in New York City led by Jose Vazquez-Cofresi and Edwin Perez. The band is a rebirth of a prior band La Excelencia. “SCC” stands for Salsa Con Conciencia (salsa music with conscience). The band wants to have a bigger impact than just playing songs.

Cachao’s Mambo All Stars (NYC debut)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cachao (Old Havana, Cuba, 1918-2008) was a bass player who with his brother is credited with creating Mambo out of Danzón while writing and arranging for Antonio Arcaño’s charanga band Arcaño y sue Maravillas in the late 1930s. Like Duke Ellington, Cachao wrote thousands of songs, so he influenced everyone.

Cachao is also famous for his descargas or Latin jam sessions. Cachao’s descargas created the space for Jazz improvisations to gain prominence in Cuban dance music. When the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra closed their 2014-15 with “The Music of Puente, Machito, & Henriquez,” bassist and music director Carlos Henriquez kept saying, “If we were dancing, we’d still be playing the first song.” This is directly in the line of Cachao’s descargas.  Cachao’s Mambo All Stars are some of the guys who played with Cachao for years.

Eddie and Maria Torres give a Mambo lesson. Mambo is an ambiguous term nowadays. Originally, it meant the Cuban Mambo of the 1940s as danced by Cubans and popularized by Perez Prado in Cuba, Mexico, and then New York City. The original Cuban Mambo was feeling the music, being possessed basically. It’s an African relationship of music and dance that is spiritual, very individual, and not structured. It’s not really something you can teach in a dance studio.

In the 1980s Eddie Torres, who still teaches in Midtown, developed New York style Salsa on 2. He called it “Mambo,” but Eddie Torres’ Mambo is a blend of Hustle (Disco) and Latin dancing. It’s for show and mostly done to FANIA-style Salsa Dura (hard Salsa), the Latin Jazz that exploded worldwide out of New York City in the 1970s. Salsa on 2 is done in a line with lots of turns and “shines” (showy caresses).

Colombia’s Caribbean coast is another center of gravity for Latin Jazz and “Salsa” dancing. Colombians dance within the body circle because the dance floors are crowded. Colombian Salsa dancing is mostly back crosses under the body. All the energy is below the waist in the legs. It helps to be up on your toes. The frees the legs for fancy movements. This is closer both to Cuban “Salsa” dancing and even to Argentine Tango.

Tango is a stable upper body to enable the embrace with martial arts types of moves in the legs. Tango is relevant because when Latin Jazz artists like Tito Puente were growing up, their parents were listening to Carlos Gardel Tango. Gardel was one of the idols of the first generation in the Great Migration of Puerto Ricans to New York City.

Colombian Salsa dancing also appears to have some relationship to Cumbia. Cumbia is the national music and dance of Colombia. It’s danced in a circular shuffle. We don’t know if this is true, but it’s been said that Cumbia is danced like that because one leg was chained to the ground. Cali, the big city near Colombia’s west coast has another style of show Salsa dancing. Cali Salsa is not just social, it is cultural. All Caleños dance Salsa from birth to death.

Conjunto Sabrosura

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Conjunto Sabrosura from Cuba plays their mix of Cuban and New York Salsa in the NYC debut. Gildred Ribot gives a group Salsa lesson right before. DJ Andy Rodriguez keeps the floor moving between sets.

Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra Tribute to Octavio Brunetti

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra plays Argentine Tango. Ana Padron (Cuban) and Diego Blanco (Colombian) teach Tango dancing. DJ Maria José Sosa (Argentine) keeps the floor moving between sets.

This concert is a tribute to Octavio Brunetti who left us this year. Octavio was the best Argentine pianist/bandleader in New York City. We used to teach Tango with him. We miss you Octavio. Siempre estáras en nuestros corazones (You are in our hearts always).

The photo of Octavio is by Sergio Reyes (one of NYC’s best Tango violinists and a great photographer). The photo of Pedro Giraudo is by Erin Patrice O’Brien.

José Alberto “El Canario

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dominican José Alberto “El Canario” sings Salsa Romantica (soft Salsa). He is famous for whistling like a canary. Carlos König teaches Salsa. DJ Brian Martinez keeps the floor moving between sets.

Lincoln Center Kids Dance ~ Swing and Latin

Saturday, July 11, 2015