NY Times: Metropolitan Diary on Midsummer Night Swing

Today in The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, the submission titled “Swing Dancing in a Wheelchair” is from a fan of Midsummer Night Swing who shares a moment of “pure New York,” and a beautiful testament to the communitarian spirit of Midsummer Night Swinghttp://bit.ly/SwingWheelchair

Out on the Town with Bill Bragin

The Wall Street Journal profiles Bill Bragin, Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programming and tastemaker. So, who is he? He’s the man behind Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. "You could do more than just build audiences. You could build community," says Brain of his work. Read here: http://bit.ly/WSJBragin


(Photo: Adrienne Grunwald for The Wall Street Journal)

That’s a wrap for the 2014 season of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center! A big “thank you” to everyone who lit up the dance floor this year and all the artists. If Midsummer Night Swing is magical, it’s because of you.

That’s a wrap for the 2014 season of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center! A big “thank you” to everyone who lit up the dance floor this year and all the artists. If Midsummer Night Swing is magical, it’s because of you.

Dancing feet at Midsummer Night Swing

For two weeks each summer, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing draws thousands of dancers to its outdoor dance floor at Damrosch Park. Now in its 26th season, the series attracts dancers of all stripes: young, old, amateur, professional. They tend to have one thing in common: a fussiness, or a passion, when it comes to shoes. Sometimes footwear choice is a matter of tradition. (Think of cowboy boots for Cajun or lightweight sneakers for acrobatic swing dancing.) In many cases, it’s a matter of comfort, personal style or the material of the dance floor.

Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center, had a variety of dancers test different types of shoes on different materials when Damrosch Park got a floor upgrade three years ago. Female tango dancers in stiletto pumps are “much more aware of whether there’s a seam between the tiles,” Mr. Bragin said. “What’s that experience like? You want to maintain that sexy grace.”

Mr. Bragin has been struck by the variety of shoes displayed on the dance floor. “Some people dress to impress,” he said. “Some people choose shoes that are going to be comfortable and perform well. The people who do it best are those who are able to do both at the same time.”

The New York Times profiles five regulars at the annual summer festival. Read more to learn and see what they wear and why: http://nyti.ms/1pTk0E9

(Voon Chew favors vintage shoes for the Lindy hop. Credit Jacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times)

Midsummer Night Swing: The First Ladies of Disco

The First Ladies of Disco
featuring Martha Wash (The Original Weather Girl), Linda Clifford, and Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic)

It’s raining divas. Come and hustle to this rare summit of singers who defined disco’s soaring highs, including short, sweet sets by Wash (the Original Weather Girl), Clifford (Runaway Love), and the trio that set the tone for Chic. Legendary Hustle DJ Bobby Morales plays extended sets to bring good times to the dance floor.

After hours: Silent Disco powered by Silent Frisco

At 10:00, when the sound system turns off, the dance party keeps going—DJs Bobby Morales and Belinda Becker broadcast directly to your headphones until 11:30. Free with your ticket; $5 at the door for Silent Disco only.

More info here: http://bit.ly/1nZGhul

Midsummer Night Swing: Doc Pomus tribute

Even if you don’t know Doc Pomus by name, you know the songs of one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, including “Lonely Avenue,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “This Magic Moment,” and the iconic “Save the Last Dance for Me.” Pomus helped Roomful land its first record deal, and tonight it pays tribute in the first set, and showcases its own signature jump-blues goodies in the second set.

Midsummer Night Swing
July 2, 6:30p,m
Damrosch Park
Style: Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Roomful of Blues Plays the Music of Doc Pomus


Rightfully dubbed the Queen of Merengue, Milly Quezada is sure to inspire a whole lot of shimmies and shakes in her performance at Midsummer Night Swing tomorrow, July 1, in Damrosch Park. Wear your dancing shoes for this one! http://bit.ly/MNS14Quezada

Amazing photo from last night’s event at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center by Kevin Yatarola. Take a look here for the upcoming events http://bit.ly/Y0l9vY

Amazing photo from last night’s event at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center by Kevin Yatarola. Take a look here for the upcoming events http://bit.ly/Y0l9vY

Midsummer Night Swing: Silent Disco tonight

The first silent disco of the season is TONIGHT after The Losers Lounge’s ABBA tribute! Free with admission or $5 at the door for silent disco only. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1nMLZOS

(Photo: Todd Kancar)

The incomparable Cécile McLorin Salvant got summer swinging at Midsummer Night Swing's opening night at Lincoln Center with some help from Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. The evening celebrated Lindy Hop pioneer Frankie Manning and featured a DJ set by Frankie’s son and master dancer Chazz Young and Manning’s longtime dance partner Norma Miller. Check out even more photos here: http://bit.ly/Swing14OpenPhotos

(Photos: Kevin Yatarola/Lincoln Center)