Let's Dance Boston!

Rose Kennedy Greenway - Rowes Wharf Plaza

Thank you to everyone who helped make Let's Dance Boston! a huge success: it was a joyful multicultural and multigenerational celebration, a citywide sensation, and -- most importantly -- a whole lot of fun!

This year, the wildly popular free outdoor music and dance party that features varying dance styles -- East Coast Swing, Mambo, West Coast Swing, Salsa, and Garba  -- returned to The Rose Kennedy Greenway on May 11-15, 2022!

At each Let's Dance Boston! session, professional dance instruction from nationally known teachers accompanied 90 minutes of public social dance with live music from acclaimed musicians. Whether participants were first-timers who discovered the event by chance, or longtime enthusiasts who came dressed to the nines with their dancing shoes on, everyone was united by the dancing, the music, and the fun!

Our thanks go out to everyone who helped make this event so special: instructors, MC's, DJ's, bands, the teams who built the pop-up stage and dancefloor, our sound and lighting riggers and run crew, event production staff, stagehands, security teams, our guests from the media, our partners at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, our generous event sponsors, and everyone who came to dance or enjoy the music!


Wed | May 11 | 7pm East Coast Swing Night with music by the Eyal Vilner Big Band
Thu | May 12 | 7pm Mambo Night featuring sounds from Tito Puente Jr. and His Orchestra
Fri | May 13 | 7pm West Coast Swing Night including songs by Motor City Revue
Sat | May 14 | 7pm Salsa Night with Edwin Perez and His Orchestra
Sun | May 15 | 2pm Garba event with Garba360, alongside Kashyap Jani & Friends

“This is always one of the most fun community events we do at Celebrity Series. This year will be especially joyful, as people from all over celebrate and gather outdoors to dance and share live music with their neighbors, friends, and families. ”

Gary Dunning Executive Director

East Coast Swing Night

Boston Conservatory at Berklee dance instructor Katie Piselli shared her expertise on the derivation of the original swing dance born in Harlem, known as Lindy Hop. With help from Katie and Paolo Piselli, DJ Andrew Selzer, and the Eyal Vilner Big Band – one of the leaders in big band music on the East Coast – dancers were transported back to the golden age of Jazz!

Instruction begins at 7pm, with live music and dancing from 8-9:30pm.


Instructors G “Masacote” Rossignol and Lisa Field-Coleman offered their insight into this Latin dance style from 1940s Cuba. Dancers learned mambo moves adapted, blending into – and taking cues from – salsa and bachata. It was an unforgettable night filled with music from Tito Puente Jr. and His Orchestra, an artist that maintains the legacy of his father, the legendary Mambo musician. DJ Rob Suave got the party started before the band took the stage.

West Coast Swing Night

New in the "Let’s Dance Boston!" repertoire, West Coast Swing delighted audiences with an accessible, slower-tempo swing dance style and amazing renditions of Motown and Classic R&B favorites from Motor City Revuew. Kaiano Levine and Kristen Wallace led the lesson. DJ Joe Mahoney spun classic feel-good hits that set the tone for a fun-filled evening!

Instruction got underway at 7pm, with live music and dancing from 8-9:30pm.

Salsa Night

With support from instructors Jenna Robey & Luis Talavera, Edwin Perez and His Orchestra set the stage for dancers to move to salsa dura style, emphasizing the instrumental aspects of the music and recognizing the Afro-Latin influences in both dance and music. DJ D Martinez started the evening off with Latin hits to set the mood. The crowd was our biggest of 2022, and we hope everyone had a great time!

Instruction began at 7pm, with dancing from 8-9:30pm.


This joyful Indian folk dance got a spring incarnation at "Let's Dance Boston!" Easy to learn with its claps and twirls done in multiple concentric circles, Garba is a multigenerational dance experience. Participants learned the steps with Heena Patel and danced together to music by Kashyap Jani & Friends, moving to songs passed down over generations. DJ Yogz got the festivities underway.

Instruction through the afternoon, with dancing from 2-3:30pm

Before you go: listen to the music of Let's Dance Boston! on Spotify!

Let's Dance Boston! is generously sponsored by Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Amy & Joshua Boger, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, First Republic Bank, The Klarman Family Foundation, and Eleanor & Frank Pao.

This event is made possible by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment and Innovation Funds. Additional support provided by Joseph & Kathleen Cefalu.

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