New York City Dance Week officially begins next Thursday, but the festivities kicked off last night with a gala and fundraising event at rooftop bar Copacabana. The evening included performances by NYC modern company SUNPROJECT and Jersey Tap Fest founder Hillary-Marie Michael. Between performances, a DJ provided salsa and swing music to get attendees on their feet. Check out the evening’s highlights below, and click to register for New York City Dance Week’s free classes (June 20–29).

SUNPROJECT staged a farcical rendition of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

NYC Dance Week enthusiasts took to the floor between performances.

Hillary-Marie Michaels performed a hard-hitting rhythm tap piece.

Photos by Dance Teacher

If you were sad to see National Dance Week end, you’re not alone! But don’t despair. The Big Apple’s second annual NYC Dance Week is right around the corner.

June 20–29, studios throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens will offer free and discounted classes in styles ranging from ballet to Bollywood, contemporary to Capoeira. It’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to dance or try a new type of cross training. There are over 100 dance and fitness classes available so far at 37 studios including the Ailey Extension, Mark Morris Dance Center and the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory. The Harkness Center for Dance will even host a special injury prevention workshop.

The festival kicks off early—June 11—with a salsa and swing dance party that sounds too good to pass up! Full Dance Week details at http://nycdanceweek.org/

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