Dance Party in Bryant Park: Flamenco and Rumba night with Nélida Tirado
Enjoy an evening in Bryant Park with Flamenco and Rumba music after learning some dance moves with Flamenco dancer Nélida Tirado.
This event is a Dance Party includes a live band and expert dance instruction by the flamenco dancer Nélida Tirado open to all levels.
About Nélida Tirado
Nélida Tirado began her training with Ballet Hispanico of New York when she was six years old. She later joined Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles with which she toured the United States. She then joined Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo where she was a soloist and dance captain. Tirado was a member of the Spanish Ballet at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts as Artist in Residence in 1997.
She has danced in Carmen at the New York Metropolitan Opera, been a featured performer in Riverdance on Broadway, and danced with the flamenco group Noche Flamenca. The “small but potent” dancer was described by a reviewer in the New York Times as dancing “as if her body were a medium for some unearthly force”.
While always remaining connected to her Latin roots throughout her dance career, Nelida performed in an exclusive show for President Bush at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. and has performed with numerous latin icons such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Tony Vega, Jose Alberto, and many more. Tirado has been featured in The New York Times for numerous performances, The New Yorker, The Star-Ledger, and selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch.” Tirado can be most recently seen in Warner Brother’s film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights.
About the Dance Party Series in Bryant Park
A midtown tradition since 2014, Dance Party returns for the first time since 2019. The series is back in the first two weeks of May with six free programs of dance instruction, social dance and live music. This year, events take place on three consecutive nights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. At each Dance Party event, attendees will meet at the world-famous Bryant Park Fountain to learn basic steps with expert instructors from 6 pm to 7 pm. Afterwards, participants can test out their new moves with concerts performed by a diverse selection of New Yorl’s best dance bands from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Dance Party makes dance fun and easy for all ages and ability levels with hands-on instruction in popular steps. Audiences will learn basic moves in old favorites like salsa and swing, alongside first-time shows with dance instruction in Flamenco, African Dance and Mexican Dance.