By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'Midsummer Night Swing'
Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org
June 20July 22: There might not be that many stars that can be seen in this city, but dancing under them never loses its draw. For five weeks, live music creates the mood for this party that also offers a chance to learn some fancy moves (dance lessons are offered every evening at 6:30 p.m.). Tuesday is dedicated to big bands like the 14-piece Jonathan Stout Orchestra (June 20). Salsa is the specialty on Saturdays with music by Chino Nuñez & Friends (June 28), Alex Torres y Su Orchestra (July 1), and others. There are also Kids' Days and a celebration for LGBT pride (clubland's Martha Wash, Ari Gold, and DJ Brenda Black perform, June 21). The organizers really mean businessthere's even a raised dancefloor to get down on.
New York State Theater, 63rd Street and Broadway, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org.
'Summer in the Square'
June 28August 16, Union Square, Union Square East and 16th Street, 212-460-1208
Gina Gibney Dance and Harambee Dance Company
Battery Dance Company
Performance Space 122
KR3T'S Dance Company
Joffrey School of Dance Ensemble and the Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Troupe
'Tap City 2006'
The Duke on 42nd Street Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, 212-239-6200, atdf.org
July 922: All the bigwigs will be in town for this massive tap festival. July 9 is the opening-weekend jam. July 11 offers an evening of tap on film as well as an adult talent showcasethe younger crowd shows off its skills on July 12. On July 13, Michelle Ribble hosts "Tap Youth/Tap Future," a performance by kids and teens nationwide. On July 14, "Tap Internationals" features global artists, and on July 15, "Tap Forward" features contemporary choreography by soloists, ensembles, and up-and-coming hoofers. July 16's "Tap & Song" includes Tony Waag and friends exploring vaudeville, comedy, and classic song and dance; tap legends are later inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame. July 18 through 22 are extended performances of "Tap Forward" and "Tap & Song." Call for more happenings.