Lincoln Center’s Summer Of Dance Continues

by Michael Mahany | 7/10/2018 5:34 PM

Ballet Now, Tiler Peck’s collaboration with director Steven Cantor, premieres at Lincoln Center’s Dance On Film Festival. Photo Credit: Film Society Of Lincoln Center/Hulu


Lincoln Center, the distinguished hot-bed of dance that serves as the home to New York City Ballet as well as many other visiting companies throughout the year, continues to keep both city dwellers and tourists alike happy with all of its summer enterprises.


Dance Network has compiled a list of the THREE must-not-miss dance events going down at Lincoln Center this July.


Midsummer Night Swing


A favorite event of many social dancers in New York City is the annual Midsummer Night Swing. The three week festival, that launches at the end of each June and runs through mid July, allows New Yorkers to step back into a time when social dance was the norm and big bands roared into the steamy summers nights.


Different bands and genres of dance music fill the air above the upper west side each night of the festival as dancers of every skill level are invited to come and dance on the plaza at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Professional dance instructors lead a lesson prior to each evening’s live music and set an easy-going, but always exciting, atmosphere.


Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. Photo Credit: Lincoln Center


Dance Network spent a night at the festival last season, read the full review here.


For tickets and information on the rest of the festival, check out more from Lincoln Center, here.


Fred And Ginger


85 years after the two iconic dancers first collaborated to perform and choreograph some of the most memorable dance sequences ever captured on camera, The Film Society Of Lincoln Center is presenting a full retrospective of the late, great duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ career in a three-day festival running July 13-15th.


All ten of the films on which Astaire and Rogers worked together will run during the festival, beginning with their first: 1933’s Flying Down The Rio. Other highlights include their RKO hits like 1935’s Top Hat, 1936’s Swing Time, and 1937’s Shall We Dance, as well as their final collaboration— which was filmed after a ten years apart— 1949’s The Barkleys Of Broadway.


Almost all screenings will take place at the historic Walter Reade Theatre on West 65th Street in Manhattan. A full list of the films, a screening schedule, and tickets are all available at


46th Annual Dance On Camera Festival



Beginning July 20th and running through the 24th, Lincoln Center and the Dance Films Association will present the 46th Annual Dance On Camera Festival.


Over the five days, sixteen different programs will run ranging from feature length dance documentaries to shorts created and directed by filmmakers from seventeen different countries.


Dance film fans attending the opening or closing nights of the festival will be treated to the exhilarating world premieres are of American Tap and If The Dancer Dances, respectively.


American Tap. Photo Credit: Film Society Of Lincoln Center.


According to Lincoln Center, the opening night premier of Mark Wilkinson’s American Tap takes an in-depth look at the, “history and resurgence of the vibrant dance style.” The closing night debut of Maia Wechsler and Lise Friedman’s If the Dancer Dances, “follows the re-staging of iconic choreographer Merce Cunningham’s RainForest for a new dance company and a new generation.”


Also appearing on the opening night program is the short Lil Buck With Icons Of Moderns Art. The four minute film features Chicago-born dancer Lil Buck taking London-based filmmaker Andrew Margetson, “on a light-footed tour through the halls of the Frank Gehry designed Foundation Louis Vuitton.” Attendees to the fest’s first night will also be treated to a Q&A with Margetson and Lil Buck.


Spike Jonze Is A Dancer. Photo Credit: Film Society Of Lincoln Center


Two other major highlight screenings on the wish-list of many dance-film fans include Spike Jones Is A Dancer; in which the renowned filmmaker shares his choreographic work as well as a film montage created specifically for the festival, and The Mime Marcel Marceau; the spectacular release of footage shot by Dominique Delouche of the famous mime in 1964 that was held under embargoed image rights until 2017 and features a cameo by the Marceau-inspired pop legend, Michael Jackson.


Dance Network fans will be delighted to see the premiere of Tiler Peck and Steven Cantor’s Hulu produced documentary Ballet Now as well as a special screening of Lauren Lovette and Henry Thong’s Makers Who Inspire.


Actress and former ballet dancer Elizabeth Moss executive produced the Peck and Cantor’s film. According to Lincoln Center’s press office Ballet Now, “provides a rare, unfiltered glimpse into the world of ballet and what it takes to create a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza. Featuring New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck—the first ever woman to be asked to curate the L.A. Music Center’s famed BalletNOW™ program—and a diverse cast of world-class dancers from around the globe, the film follows Tiler as she tries to execute her groundbreaking vision of mashing together tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry. With less than a week to pull it all off, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces but also producing and directing this high-profile event. The success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will she pull it off?”


Fans of Peck can attend the screening July 20th, where she and director Steven Cantor will be on hand for a Q&A.


The Lovette and Thong collaboration Makers Who Inspire takes a look at Lovette who, “as a principal dancer at one of the world’s most elite dance institutions and one of the only female choreographers to establish a significant presence at a major ballet company, New York City Ballet” and, “discusses her creative process, her love for her art, and what inspires her as a choreographer.”


Tickets for the Dance On Film Festival are currently on sale now. For a full list of the films being screened and a full schedule visit The Film Society Of Lincoln Center’s website, here.


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