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Bryant Park’s “Dance Party” highlights different Latin genres with Live Music and Free Dance Classes

Bryant Park presents their spring / Summer series, Dance Party. A free outdoor event that features Live Music and Dance Classes for a unique experience each Wednesday evening. Learn the steps from 6pm-7pm and then test out your new moves to live music from 7pm-8:30pm. All ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including bachata, cumbia, salsa, and more.

May 1: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr.

May 8: Latin & Ballroom Night with Fleur Seule

May 15: Contra Dance Night with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

May 22: R&B Night with Exenia and the Transformation

May 29: Cumbia Night with LaMar NYC

June 5: LGBTQ Dance Night with One Up Duo and Stars of Hot to Trot

June 7: Latin Dance Festival – Celebrating Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue



WHEN: Wednesday 19, June 2019
WHERE: Ice Palace Film Studios. 1400 N Miami Avenue
PERFORMERS: Natti Natasha / Dalex
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WHEN: July 12 & 13, 2019
WHERE: Brooklyn, NYC
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WHEN: May 15 to June 23, 2019
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WHEN: September 6 to November 9, 2019
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WHEN: september 4 to November 30, 2019
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WHEN: Saturday 10, August 2019
WHERE: Queen Mary Events Park, Long Beach, CA, US
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Anitta / Brytiago / Darrell / Rauw Alejandro / Alex Sensation / Lary Over / Malu Trevejo
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WHEN: Saturday 8, June 2019
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Karol G / Natti Natasha / Zion y Lennox / Darell / Brytiago / Rauw Alejandro
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WHEN: March 14 to April 28, 2019
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WHEN / WHERE: April 19 (NYC) / April 21 (Boston)
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WHEN: April 11 to May 18, 2019
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WHEN: April 21, 2019
WHERE: Prudential Center, NJ
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Anuel AA / J Balvin / Karol G / Jowell y Randy / Manuel Turizo / Farruko / Lirico / Amenazzy / Secreto / Chimbala
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* Dates, performers and venues are subject to change

Top Upcoming Latin Concerts in NYC & Miami (J Balvin, Wisin, Reik, Marc Anthony & More)

Oct. 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Oct. 28 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena Garden
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Nov. 20 & 21 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
Nov. 29 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
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Oct. 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 16 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
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Oct. 6 – Miami, FL – James l. Knight Center
Nov. 4 – New York, NY – United Palace
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Nov. 14 – Miami, FL – James l. Knight Center
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March 29 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
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Dec. 12 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
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Dancing Her Way Through Life: Meet Chilean Dancer Loreto Astroza

Traditional guitar and cultural dances; modern music and sensuous performances; packed audiences, bright lights, and television cameras. These are some of the elements you will find when you enter the world of Loreto Astroza Beltran.

Loreto Astroza Beltran is a professional dancer trained in ballet and modern technique, as well as contemporary, street dance, jazz, and Latin styles. She was born in Santiago, Chile in 1982 and started her professional career in 2002, at the prestigious Academia de Humanismo Cristiano University. There, she graduated with high honors, obtaining a degree in dance with a minor in pedagogy. In 2008, Loreto won a scholarship to an intensive dance seminar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, rounding out her performance education.

Fast-forward three years, and you’ll find Loreto living in New York City. She moved to the Big Apple to experience Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program (ISVP). There, she entered “the most celebrated dance community in the world,” and received a Certificate of Excellence.

Since moving to New York in 2014, Loreto has continued to stay busy with outstanding performances. With dance companies such as Casa Brazilia, INNO’vation Artist, and Forza Malizia Dance Company and performances at distinguished venues across the United states, including the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, the Frank Sinatra Theatre, Times Square, the Wawa Festival, Julia de Burgos Theatre, Dixon Place, Highline Ballroom, the Team USA Olympics Road to Rio 2016, the Radio City Music Hall, and the stage of the Today Show.

Below Astroza shares her story and her go-to Latin gems in New York City:

When did you begin to have an interest in dancing? What sparked your desire to dance?
Astroza: “My passion for dancing started as a child. My older brother Jose and I always danced at home. I remember dancing in family reunions and celebrations. Dancing was always part of my life. Even though I did not take dance classes in the beginning, home was the best school to discover my passion. My parents Maria and Reynaldo are from the late 40’s so they taught me how to dance rock and roll and also the twist. I had so much fun and have great memories of dancing with my mom and dad. With Jose, my brother, I always danced merengue. Juan Luis Guerra was very popular in my country back in those days so we always played his songs and dance to them. Same thing with Salsa, I knew most of the biggest salsa artists and started falling in love with salsa at a very early age because of my brother. What really sparked my desire to dance was when I started taking dance classes at Balmaceda 1215 Cultural Center at the age of 14. I fell in love with dance. I started taking Modern classes with a very well know dancer by the name of Magdalena Bahamondes. After that I took African Dance, Capoeira and Samba and that is how I started and never stopped again.”

What was the most challenging aspect of starting your dance career, of breaking into “show business”?
Astroza: “I think that I can’t name one specific thing. I feel that being an artist is a challenging journey that every day presents a new everest to climb. With time I realized that being disciplined to train every day regardless of how drained I was after taking a bunch of classes all day and rehearsals. Pushing myself to the max to get better. Being rejected from an audition and becoming resilient to keep fighting. To master my strengths and discover my weaknesses and face them. To have the courage to keep training and improving. These are all aspects I believe were the most challenging in the beginning. Even though it was hard, if I had to do it again I would always choose to be a dancer.”

Besides the International Student Visa Program, what motivated you to move to New York City?
Astroza: “First thing that motivated me was the International Student Visa Program. But the reason I got into the program and got to come to NYC was because I started taking Hip Hop classes and other street styles back in Chile.  In 2010 I attended one of the biggest workshops back at a time, the “Arken Festival”, where i had met three important precursors of street dance. After that I was fascinated with street dance and wanted to know more and more about the culture, how it got started, and where. So after that I decided that i wanted to come to NYC. I wanted to live and experience this beautiful city and all the magic that brings together all the mix of cultures, the art everywhere, the nightlife, the museums, the festivals. Wow, so much to name, but yes basically all that.”

As a dancer, you no doubt work up an appetite, but your work also requires that you make healthy dining choices. Since your move to New York, what is your favorite place to refuel after practice?
Astroza: “Ufff, tough question. I love food !! But yes, as a dancer I always have to take care of my diet. I love all types of food especially Latin American and Asian. My favorite spot is PIO PIO, a Peruvian restaurant where you can find delicious and fresh ceviche, which is my favorite.

Is your dancing strictly work related, or do you go out dancing just for fun? If so, what is your favorite Latin venue for a night out on the town?
Astroza: “Of course i do and I have a list of places that I love to go to. My favorite is Camaradas el Barrio in Spanish Harlem. There is always live music on Fridays and Saturdays. They play live salsa, bomba y plena, pop latino and more. I love Favela Cubana, Verlaine, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Copacabana and the Latin Mondays at Taj.”

What goals do you have for expanding your career over the next few years?
Astroza: “My goal is to get in a Broadway and off Broadway show. I to also produce my own show that I have been writing and developing for about 2 years.”

What advice would you give to young people who are nurturing dreams of success in the big city?
Astroza: “Self discipline, self discipline, self discipline.  I repeat it 3 times because i think that is one of the most important bases of success. Also be constant and consistent in any discipline. Be resilient and work on that every day, because there are a bunch of doors that you will knock on and the will stay closed. But there are a bunch of them that will open for you, to bring you new opportunities. Have self love for yourself and love for your art and others. Take care of your body, soul and mind. Celebrate your glories, but stay humble. Be aware and grateful for the little and big things that you get. Enrich the spirit with great experiences and do everything with love in order to enjoy the process and every step that you take to accomplish your dreams.”

Where is your favorite place to experience Latin culture in Nyc?
Astroza: “There are many places that I love going to, but La Marqueta is my favorite. I like it because it is an accessible place that is open for everybody. Where you can find local vendors promoting their products and food and there is always a Latin band playing. I love the atmosphere and it is beautiful to see the mixed generations enjoying themselves and dancing. I love Latin culture and I’m happy to be surrounded by my people. I always support and go to Latin festivals and parades. It makes me feel at home.”

When you get that craving for a mouth watering latin dish, where is your go to spot?
Astroza: “There are no Chilean restaurants in NYC where i can find traditional, high quality foods. Lucky for me I was able find two Latin spots that I love in NYC. They are both located in the lower east side. One is  Casa Adela. This place has authentic Puerto Rican food, which I love!  My favorite dish there is the Mofongo. The other is El Castillo de Jagua. They specialize in traditional Dominican cuisine and they have the most delightful rice and beans with avocado and maduros. The mangu there is amazing!!!”

What is next for Loreto Astroza? Look for her upcoming performances, including New York City’s Los Pregones Theatre for the “Stage Garden Rumba” and Julia de Burgos Cultural Center for “The Seasons of Love” a Forza Malizia Dance Company Production.

Global Latin Superstar Juanes to Launch 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Fast-Rising Latin Alternative Star Mon Laferte

Latin Rock’s leading global ambassador and the most-awarded solo artist in Latin Grammy history, Juanes, today announces the 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Latin Alternative’s new leading-lady Mon Laferte. Produced by Live Nation and also including special guest Caloncho, the tour will kick off April 20 in Orlando, Florida and continue across North America for an additional 15 dates, wrapping May 20 in Temecula, California. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, December 8 at

The tour announcement follows closely behind recent Latin Grammy wins for both artists. Juanes’ critically-praised, and chart-topping Mis Planes Son Amarte (Latin Music’s first major visual album) received two new awards this year, increasing the Colombian superstar’s career tally to a staggering twenty-five combined GRAMMY & Latin Grammy Awards. With a rare five-star Rolling Stone review and pick as “One of the best albums of 2017,” Mis Planes Son Amarte also just earned a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album.” Hailed by TIME as “one of the 100 Most-Influential People in the World,” and The New York Times as “Latin America’s soulful poet,” Juanes has built a distinctive sound that fuses his love of rock & pop, with multi-layered songwriting, and a deep reverence for the traditional folk and other indigenous rhythms of the continent. With eight multi-platinum albums to his credit, Juanes has notched eleven #1 Billboard singles, and holds multiple chart records. He is also one of Latin music’s leading social media voices and a dedicated global activist, with wide ranging charitable efforts.

Mexico City based, Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is “One of the rising stars of the Latin music world.” Following the release of her new album “La Trenza,” MTV named Mon Laferte as this year’s Best Artist In Mexico, while NPR, All Music, The New York Times and more have also applauded the album. Most recently, “La Trenza,” received an impressive five Latin Grammy nominations, with Mon Laferte taking home the award for “Best Alternative Song”- recognizing “Amárrame,” her hit duet with new tour partner Juanes.

Juanes’ 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” Dates With Mon Laferte and Special Guest Caloncho:

Friday, April 20, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday, April 27, 2018 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, April 29, 2018 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Friday, May 04, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sunday, May 06, 2018 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
Friday, May 11, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
Friday, May 18, 2018 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl at The Palms
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Temecula, CA Pechanga Theatre

Connect with Juanes at: www.juanes.netTwitterFacebook, & Instagram

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OLGA PERICET: MOSAIC at Repertorio Español


Olga Pericet, who is celebrated worldwide for her brilliant footwork and creativity, returns this summer to Repertorio EspañolShe received “The Critical Eye Dance Award” in 2014 and in 2015 the “Max Award” for the best female dancer.

Olga Pericet has dazzled audiences worldwide–in Spain, London, China, and Australia among others–with her incomparable talent. This summer she returns to once again take Repertorio Español’s stage and offer audiences an unforgettable experience. Get ready to see a breathtaking performance that uses the elements of light and vivid colors to compliment the intricate choreography only Olga Pericet can create and perform!

“Who is Olga Pericet?, the answer keeps changing. Joined by three other performers…on the Repertorio’s small stage, Ms. Pericet, a compact powerhouse of a dancer, passes through many moods and modes of performance.” – Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

Tickets start at $35. Premium seats available. Recommended for adult audiences  – See more at:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:30 PM

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 27, 2017 2:30 PM

Monday, August 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, September 1, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 2, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 3, 2017 2:30 PM

Peralta Project’s “Merengue Rock” Collection

“As a 1st born generation Dominican York growing up on the 80s/90s merengue is what blasted from the speakers from our house parties. Birthday parties went on till 7pm and then it was the adults time to party. The kids entered into the biggest bedroom to play and fall asleep on top of the coats waiting for their parents to pick them up to go home.

With this series I want to honor our icons and legends and make them cool and relevant in today’s times. When I hear that music it makes me think of family, togetherness, immigrants arriving to this country and having each other’s back. It was an innocent time when everything was new. A new life to make in Nuevo York with traces of the mother country through music”. – M.Tony Peralta

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The Road To The Calle Ocho Festival 2019

Since 1978, Carnaval Miami has been organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and is held annually between February and March.  Through the dedicated support of the club’s members, volunteers and dedicated corporate and community partners, Carnaval Miami has grown into one of the largest Latin cultural celebrations in the United States, culminating with the world-famous El Festival de la Calle Ocho (Calle Ocho Festival).

Here are some events leading up to Calle Ocho Festival which takes place March 10th, 11am -7pm.

Carnaval Miami 2019 officially kicks off on February with the Miss Carnaval pageant. The pageant winner will not only be awarded cash prizes and scholarships, but the opportunity to be the face of Carnaval Miami 2019 with sponsored entry into the Miss Florida USA pageant.


Feb 17: Miss Carnaval Miami. More Info / Tickets
March 2: Cordials & Candy. More Info / Tickets
March 2 & 3: Carnaval On The Mile (FREE). More Info
March 2 & 3: Cork & Fork. More Info / Tickets
March 8: Carnaval Miami Live! Gala. More Info / Tickets
March 10: Calle Ocho Music Festival (FREE). More Info
March 10: Cubano Wars. More Info / Tickets
March 10: Domino Tournament (FREE). More Info
March 10: El Croquetazo (FREE). More Info
April 20: Soccer 5v5 (FREE). More Info

Carnaval Miami is organized annually by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs. For more information about the Kiwanis of Little Havana, or Carnaval Miami 2019 sponsorship opportunities, visit

J Balvin Answers Fan Questions for Exclusive SiriusXM “Town Hall” Special


Multi-award winning reaggaeton singer / songwriter J Balvin joins actress Dascha Polanco for SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series.

The “Town Hall” special features Colombian superstar J Balvin answering questions about his rapidly rising career, recently released album Energía, and famous collaborations.  The special will feature Orange is the New Black’s Dasha Polanco as special guest host.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with J Balvin” will air Thursday, June 30 at 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Caliente channel 158, Flow Nación channel 765, and Viva channel 763 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at

Celebrating the Hispanic Diaspora with BALLET HISPANICO


Last week, Ballet Hispanico continued its 45th anniversary tour with their spring New York season at The Joyce Theater, April 5-10, 2016. This time around, the company chose to honor the past by bringing back some old favorites from their repertoire.

The evening opened with the New York premiere of a fun piece entitled Flabbergast. With choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, the dance tells the story of someone coming to a place for the first time through the humor of stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places. I loved the way the dancers moved with such fluidity, strong technique, and great musicality. They also really got into character as you could hear giggles throughout the audience. What an enjoyable piece! The dancing was entertaining, the music by Juan Garcia Esquivel was upbeat, and it looked as though the dancers were having fun which is always a nice bonus. I also loved the nice blend of ballet and Latin flare.

Next was Bury Me Standing, a work choreographed by Ramón Oller that tells the story of the Gypsy culture or “Roma” people, a marginalized group with strong communal bonds, sensuality, and oppression. The opening scene was so powerful with the lighting and fog as the dancers climbed on top of each other as if they were trying to reach something, but couldn’t. It was absolutely beautiful. You can see the influence of flamenco in the choreography with the presence of the intricate footwork, the claps (palmas), and lovely arms. I particularly loved the all-men section. There is something about seeing men dance on stage that’s wonderful and exciting.

The program concluded with the delightful Club Havana. The piece brings you back to the glamorous Havana of the 1950s during the heyday of Cuban music, dance, and nightlife. Choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a Cuban native, takes you on a journey of a reimagined nightclub with the exhilarating sounds and rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha. The dancers were absolutely stunning. I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. In the end, the piece closed with confetti coming down as they danced the night away. It is performances like this that make Ballet Hispanico such a cultural gem. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

I love Ballet Hispanico. The company does an excellent job showcasing the cultural diversity of the Hispanic Diaspora. And it’s great to have them based here in New York! As one not of Latin descent, I truly appreciate what this company does and will continue to do.

Source: BroadwayWorld

Photo: Martina Calcagno and Mark Gieringer in CLUB HAVANA