Dance Downtown

Best Outdoor Summer Dance Series, August 2014

The Music Center hosts prominent dance companies year-round, but from May through September, Dance Downtown gets the audience moving. The plaza outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (and sometimes Grand Park) serves as the stage for the free Friday night program. Friendly instructors encourage visitors of every age and skill level to join in, and each week the theme changes: Bollywood, K-pop, salsa, two-step. When the sun goes down and the crowd swells, it’s a festive scene, complete with DJs or live music, food vendors, and paper lanterns hanging overhead. There’s nothing like a little ’60s Watusi to kick-start the weekend.