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Dance the Night Away for Free

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On Friday, Sept. 12, at Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Lincoln Center will present disco dancing under the stars.

The event is part of Lincoln Center and Van Bramer’s efforts to bring world-class art and entertainment programs directly into neighborhoods throughout Queens.

“Once again I am proud to bring one of Lincoln Center’s most innovative and interactive cultural programs to the Borough of Queens,” said Van Bramer. “With the Lincoln Center Local initiative we are bringing world-class entertainment directly to the door step of communities within the borough. Not only is this programming fun but it gets our community grooving to the sounds and performances of some of the world’s most premiere artists. There’s no better way to enjoy your Friday night than by dancing the night away with family and friends while enjoying sweeping views along the East River in Long Island City as the sun sets.”

“This upcoming event, the first of its kind in Queens in partnership with Lincoln Center, further illustrates why residents and visitors to Queens never have to cross a bridge or drive through a tunnel to enjoy top quality arts and entertainment,” added Katz. “I am glad to have partnered with Council member Van Bramer and Lincoln Center in planning what is sure to be a fabulous evening of music and dancing on the spectacular Queens waterfront.”

Lincoln Center Local’s Silent Disco will open at 5:30 p.m., and the dance lesson will start at 6 p.m., given by professional dance instructor Diane Nardone. Beginning at 7 p.m., dancers will start dancing to the music being fed into the wireless headphones they were given when they arrived. While casual observers see a seemingly odd public ritual as dancers revel to the “silent” beats, the dancers are actually a part of an exhilarating public/private dance party. Two DJs–Bill Coleman and hustle mainstay Bobby Morales–will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties. The dancing will continue until 10:00 p.m.

The New York City Parks Department has been instrumental in helping Lincoln Center Local Silent Disco as they provided the appropriate park permits and for entrusting Lincoln Center to be the first organization to provide public programming at Hunters Point South Park.

The event is free–attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Personal ID is required to obtain headphones-either student ID if under 18 or credit card or government issued ID such as driver’s license for adults. Free will donations to Lincoln Center are encouraged to support its free programming. Refreshments will be available for sale. Hunters Point South Waterfront Park can be accessed via the 7 Train at the Vernon Boulevard- Jackson Avenue train stop. The event will occur weather permitting. For further information, visit the website LincolnCenter.org.

Lincoln Center Local is a program that brings exceptional arts and artists to new audiences and new, underserved communities. It currently runs two series: Live in the summer months, which brings live performance to libraries in Brooklyn and Queens, and HD, screenings of performances that are shown in the winter and spring months.

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