North Beach Bandshell Dance Night, Miami Beach

Courtesy of The Rhythm Foundation

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy The Dance Band Night: Summer Folk Dance Series under the stars every Thursday night in July at the North Beach Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Ave.

Whether you want to celebrate American, French, or Irish folk dances, The Rhythm Foundation is providing North Beach residents and neighbors the chance to receive professional dance lessons and listen to live music with every Thursday featuring a different genre.

The schedule is as follows:

Jul 7: Celebrate USA dances with contradance (line dancing, square dancing, etc.), squaredance, jigs and reels

July 14: Bastille Day features traditional French and French Canadian music and dances

July 21: Irish Folk dances with jigs and reels

July 28: Night filled with contradance to cap off the folk series

Admission to each event is free, yet participants are encouraged to make a $5 donation at the entrance.

Courtesy of The Rhythm Foundation

Courtesy of The Rhythm Foundation

Hopeful participants are encouraged to arrive at 7pm to receive professional dance lessons and then practice those dance moves to live music from 8pm to 10 pm. The parking lot between 72nd and 73rd off of Collins Ave. is located across from North Beach Bandshell and is free after 6 pm.

North Beach Bandshell is transformed into an outdoor ballroom to host a magical evening where dancing and music fuse to create an unforgettable cultural festival.

“It’s really for people of all ages and dancing levels,” Communications Director for The Rhythm Foundation Karla Arguello said. “This is something we really wanted to do for the community.”

Cornbread, a South Florida traditional ensemble folk band, will be playing every Thursday and adjusting their sound to the style of the day. The caller, Anita Mason, will be directing dancers what moves to make as a group, but individuals may opt to dance alone as well.

In addition to dance lessons and live music, vendors will be selling food and drinks varying every week. July 7 celebrates the USA, so attendants may expect American-themed food items while Bastille Day on July 14th will consist of wine and crepes. The vendors will vary from week to week, but they will be accepting cash and credit cards.

The Dance Band Series hopes to present different dance and music genres every month and continue to expose South Floridians to a wide range of cultural events.

“I hope the community consistently learns about the dance steps and culture and just come out to enjoy themselves,” Arguello said.

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Article Written by: Sergio Bonilla June 27th, 2016

Posted In: Front Page News

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