The Ordway’s Summer Dance Series highlights a different music genre and dance technique every Thursday with basic lessons by professional dance companies and live music by local bands. Past events have included the rhythm of Latin social dancing with Salsa del Soul or spinning your partner around ballroom style. The lessons are fun for all ages and dance ability levels. And after the hour-long dance lesson, the dance floor is open for all to put those moves to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band.
Watch past Summer Dance videos, flip through our photos from various Summer Dance events, and then get ready for the weather to warm up so we can dance in the streets of downtown Saint Paul again!
Join us each Thursday in Rice Park starting at 5:30p.m. for Summer Dance. At 6pm, we kick off the dancing with basic lessons by professional dance instructors. After the lesson, you are invited to put those moves to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band starting at 7:15p.m.
Rain or shine! Alternate rain locations to be announced.
June 13 – Surf Rock
Band: The Fractals
Surf Rock Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray
June 20 – Salsa
Band: Salsa del Soul
Salsa Dance Instruction: Manuel & Carmen Rubio
June 27 – Polka
Polka Dance Instruction: Stan and Darlene Wandersee
No Summer Dance Event due to July 4 holiday
July 11 – R & B/Soul – Steppin’
Band: Ray Covington and The Maxx Band
Steppin’ Dance Instruction: TC Steppers/Kevin Johnson
July 18 – Swing
Band: Riverside Swing Band
Swing Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray
July 25 – Ballroom
Band: Jerry O’Hagan and his Orchestra
Ballroom Dance Instruction: Cinema Ballroom
Be sure to ride Nice Ride bikes down to Summer Dance this summer! A bike station will be available near our Summer Dance event. Nice Ride Minnesota is the Twin Cities easy-to-use bike share program that provides a healthy, alternate transportation option. With 146 stations and more than 1,300 bikes, you can use Nice Ride to get to work, to play or to great destinations like the Ordway. To learn more, visit www.niceridemn.org.