When the People Dance: Salsa, Power, and Performance in New York City

When the People Dance: Salsa, Power, and Performance in New York City

Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm at the Museum of the City of New York

A fusion of mambo steps with street styles, salsa dancing emerged in the nightclubs of New York City in the 1960s where at first it wasn’t formally taught but absorbed. Salsa has since grown from a local movement played out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon that has irrevocably shaped the rhythms and culture of New York City. Join leading scholars, activists, artists, and community members to examine salsa today as both a cultural and commercial production, and delve into the inseparable links that exist between music and dance.


Musical performance by OLA FRESCA, exhibition viewing, and reception to follow.


Opening Remarks:

  • Sydney Hutchinson, Associate Professor, Syracuse University


  • Frances Aparacio, Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program, Northwestern University
  • Marisol Berrios-Miranda, Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Priscilla Renta, scholar, author, and research fellow at Florida Atlantic University
  • Chris Washburn, Founding Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, Columbia University
  • Cesar Colon-Montijo (moderator), journalist and doctoral candidate, Columbia University


Includes Museum admission

Register online at mcny.org/salsa | Use code SALSA for $15 tickets (regularly $25)