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People gathered at Brooklyn Bridge Park at last year’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Photo by David Andrako.

BRIC, producer of Celebrate Brooklyn!, the borough’s premier outdoor summer festival, returns with the fifth annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties. The free series, held on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 on three consecutive Thursday evenings in May (14, 21 and 28, serves as a “bridge” to Celebrate Brooklyn’s 37th annual season, which starts on June 3 with a free performance by Chaka Khan and runs throughout the summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. You can see a schedule with programming details below.

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties feature a varied lineup of fantastic live performances paired with some of New York’s best DJs on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, a variety of food trucks, a beer garden and more. The free dance parties will begin at 7 p.m. each night and end by 10 p.m. Pier 1 can be entered at the foot of Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront.

“BRIC is excited to partner with Brooklyn Bridge Park and is grateful for support from the Bridge Park Conservancy to bring Celebrate Brooklyn! back to the park and to offer up eclectic and free music and dance parties in an exquisite outdoor setting. This partnership enables BRIC to advance its mission of providing high-quality performing arts that is free and accessible by all,” said Leslie G. Schultz, BRIC president.

Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Celebrate Brooklyn! back to the park for a fifth year. We truly value our partnership with BRIC and look forward to having their fantastic dance parties kick-off our 2015 programming season.”

Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, said:  “Dance your way to spring in Brooklyn Bridge Park when Celebrate Brooklyn! returns with a wide-ranging musical lineup this May. Many thanks to BRIC for kicking off a great programming season in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”

 

Thursday, May 14 | 7 p.m.

Classic Soul Funk Dance Party

Sonny Knight & the Lakers

The Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez

 

Thursday, May 21 | 7 p.m.

Electro Soul Dance Party

Jamie Lidell

Fixed (DJs JDH & Dave P)

Brooklyn United Marching Band

 

Thursday, May 28 | 7 p.m.

Latin Jazz Dance Party

Poncho Sanchez

Bobbito Garcia

Salsa Salsa Dance

 

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