Go swing dancing in Harlem, where it all began, to the big band sounds of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, FREE on Friday, August 7th, including a free dance lesson for those of you with two left feet.
It’s called Dancing in the Park, in Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave. at 147th St., commemorating another dance here 80 years ago, when the park was called Colonial Park, and when Harlem was the center of the world of jazz, big band and lindy and swing dancing.
The free swing dancing lesson is 5PM to 6PM, and the orchestra plays 6PM to 8PM.
The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra plays top dance music from the days when Harlem was the center of the blues, jazz and dance universe, and legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Callaway and Louis Armstrong kept everybody dancing.
Duke Ellington would tell you to Take the A Train. Jackie Robinson Park website.
History of Dancing in the Park:
80 yrs ago, after the March Harlem Riot, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and the Parks Dept. wanted to boost the morale in NYC by beginning a summer tradition of Park Dances at Jackie Robinson Park (formerly Colonial). 10,000 showed up at the first dance in July 1935.
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See you on the dance floor.