Lincoln Center Local Brings FREE Nights of Dancing to Each of the Five Boroughs
LINCOLN CENTER LOCAL BRINGS FREE NIGHTS OF DANCING
TO EACH OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS
July 23, 2015—Lincoln Center will present five nights of dancing under the stars at outdoor locations in each of the boroughs of New York City from August 19 through September 3. The free events are part of Lincoln Center’s effort to bring its arts, entertainment and education programs into the neighborhoods of New York. “Lincoln Center and its wonderful performances and programs belong in all neighborhoods,” says Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center, “and we are delighted that we can celebrate summer with all New Yorkers with Silent Disco.”
Last summer Lincoln Center Local launched its first silent disco offsite at the beautiful Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City. It was a huge hit, with more than 1,000 people participating. Lincoln Center is building on that success with a repeat in Long Island City on September 3, as well as silent discos in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Each location will feature a variety of genres of dance music, including disco, salsa, top 40, and swing, selected by three deejays per site.
Said New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, who was instrumental in siting and launching Silent Disco in the boroughs in its inaugural year, “With Lincoln Center we are bringing dynamic programming that not only engages the community but also brings world-class productions and entertainment directly to local neighborhoods. There’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening than by dancing the night away, whether in Long Island City in Queens or one of the other locations around the city.”
Each event will begin with a professional dance lesson taught by one of the city’s top instructors. Lincoln Center Local’s Silent Disco schedule:
El Museo del Barrio Wednesday, August 19 6:00 pm – Dance floor opens
1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street 6:30 – 7:15 pm – Dance lesson
Manhattan 7:30 to 10:00 pm - Dancing
Coney Island beach & boardwalk Monday, August 24 1:00 pm – Dance floor opens
West 10th Street at the boardwalk 1:30 – 2:15 pm – Dance lesson
Brooklyn 2:15 – 2:25 pm – Dance demo
2:30 to 5:00 pm - Dancing
Snug Harbor Cultural Center Friday, August 28
& Botanical Garden 6:00 pm – Dance floor opens
1000 Richmond Terrace 6:30 – 7:15 pm – Dance lesson
Tuscan Garden, adjacent to Building P 7:30 to 10:00 pm - Dancing
The Woodlawn Cemetery Sunday, August 30 4:00 pm – Dance floor opens
Fairview Lawn at the Jerome Avenue Entrance 4:30 – 5:15 pm Dance lesson
Bronx 5:30 to 8:00 pm - Dancing
Hunter’s Point Park South Thursday, September 3 6:00 pm – Dance floor opens
Long Island City 6:30 – 7:15 pm – Dance lesson
South Waterfront Park is accessed 7:30 to 10:00 pm - Dancing
by the 7 subway, the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. stop. Queens
Silent Disco is part of the Lincoln Center Local program, one of several efforts to bring Lincoln Center’s programs and artists into the community. In the summer months, Lincoln Center Local brings live performance to libraries in Brooklyn and Queens, and in the winter and spring it presents HD, screenings of performances from Lincoln Center stages to libraries and community centers throughout the city.
Another new effort is Boro-Linc, a family-focused initiative launched in 2014. Boro-Linc offers a wide range of free performances, workshops, and activities to New York neighborhoods, making the arts more accessible and, increasing family engagement through the arts.
Family-Linc encourages families with financial or other barriers to participating in the arts to attend performances in dance, theater, orchestral music, and opera on a regular basis. In partnership with social service agencies across the city, Lincoln Center offers families up to four tickets to prime orchestra-level seats at weekend performances by Lincoln Center resident organizations (including New York City Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and New York Philharmonic) at deeply discounted ticket prices.
LC Kids is Lincoln Center’s program that welcomes families to Lincoln Center. Participating kids and families are invited to enjoy a year-round journey through fun-filled performances and activities designed to promote a life-long love of the performing arts. Memberships range from free to $3000/year.
Lincoln Center also offers free programs every Thursday evening in the David Rubenstein Atrium. These diverse programs include film nights with directors such as Mira Nair and Melvin Van Peebles, concerts by musicians such as jazz great Jason Moran, and classical ensembles like eighth blackbird, as well as performances by Lincoln Center resident organizations and community groups.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors, now in its 45th year, is a three-week summer festival of music, dance, spoken word, and film performed across Lincoln Center’s campus. All events are free. This year’s Out Of Doors programs include concerts with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Judy Collins, Joe Bataan, and Randy Newman, and dance from Garth Fagan Dance and Carmen de Lavallade. An all-day Family Day is always a hit at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, with performances for the youngest in a family (“Baby Loves Disco” dance party), to a demonstration to celebrate National Dance Day.
Lincoln Center Education (LCE) – Lincoln Center Education is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center. LCE has commissioned a theatrical work entitled Up and Away! that is intended for young audiences with autism and their families. It was created by and will be performed by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, and presented in the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center. Performances are open to the public on the weekends between September 29-October 25. For tickets, visit www.upandaway.nyc.
LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. LCE’s Community & Family Programs Department creates opportunities for people of all ages to engage with world-class artists and with each other, where they live and gather.