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 Swing: http://bit.ly/SwingWheelchair
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
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)
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
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
Style: Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Roomful of Blues Plays the Music of Doc Pomus