Salsa dancing and an interactive light show are coming to the streets of the South Bronx for eight Friday evenings this fall, starting Aug. 26, as part of the city’s Open Streets program.
Salsa Stories will return for its second year in the South Bronx, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, in addition to a free salsa dance block party and free dance classes, the event will feature a light show that projects dancers’ movements, as well as historic images of salsa, onto nearby buildings.
“I wanted to do something that would accentuate the environment, highlighting the buildings and importance of our chosen locations as incubators of the beautiful music and dance form what we know as salsa,” said Bianka Widakay, the Brazilian-born filmmaker and producer behind Salsa Stories.
The South Bronx events will take place from 6 to 8pm every Friday on Kelly Street, between St. John Avenue and Leggett Avenue in Hunts Point. The show will migrate every weekend to two other locations credited as birthplaces of the salsa movement: East Harlem, on Saturdays and the Lower East Side on Sundays, through Oct. 16.
The events are funded through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Open Streets and Public Space Program, which launched during the pandemic to bring people together outdoors and support city artists through partnerships with local organizations.