It's one of the best things about New York City in the summertime - Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. Last night was Opening Night of the season, and it was summer in full swing, literally and figuratively.
I can't tell you how much fun it is to be a part of such a huge dance party, seeing people of all ages and abilities simply having the best time, enjoying the live big band music, and being as friendly and asking each other to dance in just the same manner as you might imagine would exist in a small town. New York as small town - shhh, our secret!
Last night was free admission to the dance floor because of Opening Night, but even if you don't want to buy a ticket, the dancers spill out onto Damrosch Plaza, where the speakers carry the music loudly enough to dance to or just to sit, enjoy and watch. There's a full bar, plenty of water and a few food vendors, too. But the main draw is the music and opportunity to dance as the sun sets.
And when it's all over, a pleasant stroll past the Lincoln Center fountain caps the end of a perfect New York summer evening. To me, it doesn't get much better than this.
Midsummer Night Swing runs through July 16 this summer from 7:30 - 10pm. Group dance lessons are offered before the bands begin, at 6:30pm.