Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Latin Festival: Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa
Melvin Elias, Willie Alvarez and his All Star Band featuring Ray Bayona
Learn basic steps with expert instructors from 6pm to 7pm by the fountain at Bryant Park every Wednesday from May 3 to June 7; then, test out your new moves with live music performed by some of the New York City's best dance bands from 7pm to 8pm.
The Dance Party series celebrates some of the most popular music and dance genres, from easy-to-learn favorites like salsa, disco and old-time swing, to Mexican dance and polka. The cast of instructors and dance hosts is incredible, all steeped in the traditions of their upbringing around the world, including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and several are actively competing throughout the US and internationally. Don't miss the grand finale on June 9 from 5pm to 10pm for a one-night-only Latin Festival, featuring bachata, merengue, and salsa dancing with live sets from the Melvin Elias Band and Willie Alvarez and his All-Star Band featuring Ray Bayona.
All shows are free and open to the public; no waiting and no lines ever. For more information about any of the shows that make up the Bryant Park Presents lineup, for artist and curator interviews, for photos of performers or the space, and to discuss potential media partnerships, please contact John Seroff at GreenHouse Publicity.
Friday, June 9, 5pm: Latin Festival: Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa - Melvin Elias, Willie Alvarez and his All Star Band featuring Ray Bayona
Raised in both the Dominican Republic and New York City, singer-songwriter and guitarist Melvin Elias is one of the city's most exciting bachata stars, performing original works and the traditional to modern bachata music. Celebrating the world of Puerto Rican salsa, the incredible Willie Alvarez All-Stars featuring Ray Bayona includes music legends that accompanied the iconic Hector Lavoe during the era of "El Cantante De Los Cantantes."
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