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Dance Outdoors

Where to shake it alfresco this weekend, plus fresh-air concerts through the month of July.


Watch out for bugs!  

PS1: Warm-Up
MoMA P.S.1; 7/16 at 2 p.m.; 22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave., Long Island City, Queens; 718-784-2084
An oldie but goodie, this progressive courtyard dance series is in its fourteenth year commingling art, fashionable people, and even more fashionable musical acts. This Saturday’s Francophile roster includes electro-artist Joakim and the psychedelic stylings of Koudlam, while July 23 features a D.J. set by Gang Gang Dance and a performance by Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future. A ticket includes admission to the museum, but get there early: This one tends to fill up fast and stay that way until the last beat is dropped.

Mister Sunday
Gowanus Grove; 7/17 at 3 p.m.; 388-400 Carroll St., nr. Bond St., Gowanus, Brooklyn
Later this month they have Horse Meat disco packing the dance floor, but this weekend Mister Saturday Night’s Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin promise a very special—and rare to NYC—guest at their weekly daytime dance party on the Gowanus Canal, complete with disco dance ball and food from purveyors like Mile End. Kids get free entry, as do dogs (on leashes), and bug spray is highly recommended.

Midsummer Night Swing
Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center; 7/16 at 6:30 p.m.; Broadway at 62nd St.; 212-875-5000
It’s the last weekend for Lincoln Center's popular series, where a ticket scores hoofers a group dance class, then a night under the stars where you can show off your new moves. This Saturday, the series takes it back to its namesake with a swing lesson and a performance by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra.

Select Summer Fridays
Le Bain, The Standard Hotel; 7/15 at 2 p.m.; 848 Washington St., 18th floor and roof; 212-645-4646
For shaking it up-top, the views don’t get better than the debauchery at the bi-level rooftop club Le Bain at the Standard Hotel. Glass walls downstairs and a faux-grass-covered rooftop host events like nightlife denizen Susanne Bartsch’s skin-exposure-encouraged “On Top“ Tuesday nights and Select Summer Fridays with Jules Kim & Katie Longmyer.

Gansevoort Summer Series
Gansevoort Park Avenue ; 7/16 at 3 p.m.; 420 Park Avenue South, at 29th St. , 212-317-2900
This summer, the usually private Gansevoort Park rooftop pool lets the public in on Sundays for a free house and trance dance series with notable D.J.'s like Paul Oakenfold and Sharam. This Sunday’s guest is Dirty Dutch, who can claim Fatboy Slim as a fan. It’s free, but RSVP is required, and don’t forget to watch your step as you dance around the pool.

Tiki Disco
Roberta's; 7/24 at 2 p.m.; 261 Moore St., nr. Bogart St., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-417-1118
For a no-cover vacation in Bushwick every other Sunday through September (the next one is July 24), check out Roberta's for a dance party in their outdoor farm. Frozen drinks, sangria, and cheap beer are served to cool you down while a roster of local D.J.'s spin seventies beats to heat you up, or at least encourage you to sway.

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