¡Arriba! Community Dance Parties Celebrate Summer on the High Line

Dancing to the rhythms of Juan Morales and Sonido Costeño during ¡Arriba! Photo by Liz Ligon

This summer, you will find some of New York City’s best Latin bands at the High Line. It is all part of ¡Arriba! – our series of free, community dance parties, presented in partnership with HAI and Hudson Guild and supported by MetLife Foundation.

Last week more than 400 people danced to the salsa and merengue rhythms by Juan Morales and Sonido Costeño. We would like to thank everyone for joining us, and congratulate our raffle prize winners, Dennisse and Martin, who went home with our newly-designed High Line tote bags, and Rosa, who picked up a $75 gift certificate to Terroir at The Porch.


Follow us after the jump to view photos, and get the details for the ¡Arriba! in August, where we’ll be bringing Nu D’Lux to the High Line for an evening of Cuban beats.

Returning for its third season, ¡Arriba! is a monthly High Line Live! series of community dance parties featuring some of the city’s best Latin bands. Inspiration for this program came from our neighbors, who told us during recent community surveys that they would like to see us offer salsa nights at the High Line.

This summer there is a different band and music style every month, and we raffle off special items to participants. Need more reasons to join us?

Check out more photos below from ¡Arriba! in June and July.

¡Arriba! is an opportunity for both seasoned dancers and those new to salsa to enjoy live music from some of the city’s best Latin bands. Photo by Liz Ligon
On Wednesday, July 25, Juan Morales and Sonido Costeño played a variety of salsa and merengue tunes to get the crowd dancing. Photo by Liz Ligon
Dancers are silhouetted against the setting sun on the High Line’s impromptu dance floor under The Standard, New York. Photo by Liz Ligon
These dancers broke away from the crowd to create a new dance floor. Photo by Julienne Schaer
Mixing lively music with the beautiful evening environment on the High Line makes for a unique dancing experience. Photo by Liz Ligon
Onlookers watch a few brave couples break in the dance floor as the music gets starts. Photo by Liz Ligon
¡Arriba! is a great opportunity to celebrate community and summer through music and dance. Photo by Liz Ligon
Orlando Marin and his ensemble kicked off this year’s series of ¡Arriba! on Wednesday, June 27. Photo by Julienne Schaer
This couple has a great time while showing off their dance moves. Photo by Liz Ligon
Over 400 people stopped by to listen, clap along, and dance during July’s ¡Arriba! Photo by Liz Ligon
Thanks to everyone who joined us – you helped make these events a success! Photo by Liz Ligon

If you’ve missed our last two sessions of ¡Arriba!, don’t forget to join us next month on Wednesday, August 22 under The Standard, New York for our final dance party of the series, featuring Nu D’Lux. Established in Brooklyn in 1995, Nu D’Lux has its roots in Son Montuno, an important genre of Cuban popular music that is the foundation of many dance forms, including salsa. Co-leaders Aaron Halva and Jainardo Batista-Sterling fuse European and African musical influences, blending a profound respect for traditional Latin music with a hearty dose of funky innovation all with an urban sensibility.

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