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Sometimes you just have to unwind from a hard day at work, and dance. If you're itching to show your latest dance steps, head over to Damrosch Plaza, located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Strap your dancing shoes and get ready for the annual Midsummer Night Swing.

Showing some smooth footwork at Midsummer Night Swing at Damrosch Plaza.

From Tuesday, June 26 to Saturday, July 14, 2012, anyone who wants to participate in New York's hottest dance party in a well-known outdoor venue can do so. Warm up on the floor, which opens at 6:00 p.m. so you'll be all set for the 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. group dance lessons.

If you're unsure if you want to dance yet, enjoy watching as everyone showcases their moves. It's free to watch. With all the excitement, lights and lively music, don't be surprised if you find yourself coming back another night to participate on the dance floor, too.

Damrosch Plaza is at 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues.

At $17 per person for single tickets, admission to the event is pretty reasonable, especially when you consider that a group dance lesson is included. Passes good for multiple nights offer discounted pricing. Don't forget to go over the ticket options to determine which ones are better for you.

Then get ready for live music, compliments of various orchestras or groups. Depending on the evening's theme, you might hear and dance to rhythm and blues, or faster swing-type beats. On June 17, for instance, Celso Pina is around for Mexican cumbia while Johnny Colon and his orchestra will offer salsa and boogaloo tunes on July 3. If dancing the Lindy Hop or other swing styles accompanied by a big band is more your thing, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra is there on July 14, the last day of the event. Watch kids learn to dance swing, merengue, tango and salsa on the afternoon of the 14th.

Take a dip on the dance floor.

Check the calendar and find out when your preferred dance style, music or performers are featured and drop by on those nights. Or, why not try something different?

You'll experience a great workout regardless of your dance style or level. So don't feel overly conscious of sashaying with strangers. After all, everyone's too busy having fun and engaging in their own dance steps.

After a few rounds of dancing, swing over to the Street Food BBQ stand where a variety of snacks and meals, plus some alcoholic beverages will hit the spot. Then get back on the floor and dance a midsummer night (or two) away.
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Why? Itís a great way to unwind and learn new dance steps.
When: Tuesday, June26 to Saturday, July 14. Dance floor opens at 6 p.m.; Group lessons, 6:30 to 7:15. Check website for full schedule.
Where: Damrosch Plaza, Lincoln Center, at 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues
Cost: $17 single ticket; various pass options. Food prices vary.
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