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Note: this photo was published in a Nov 29, 2011 issue of Everyblock NYC for the "customized" region of Central Park.

 

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As I noted in a July 2011 Flickr set, you can find anything in New York. Clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists. Snake charmers, sword swallowers, high-wire trapeze performers. Thieves, con men, hustlers (not all of whom are located on Wall Street). Artists, actors, and dance skaters. The list goes on, ad nauseum...

 

Actually, I have to admit that I don't have direct, first-hand experience with most of these categories … but starting on the Fourth of July, I became somewhat more acquainted with the final item on my list: dance skaters, and especially the ones who perform in Central Park on spring,summer, and fall weekends. A few years ago, I had the unexpected experience of wandering through a section of Central Park near the Bandshell, a little south of the Belvedere Fountain and the 72nd Street transverse through the park, where I saw several people dancing quite gracefully and acrobatically on their roller-blade skates, to the sound of music that seemed to be coming from someone's old-fashioned "boom-box" portable radio/cassette player. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, but it was enough to focus my attention on a small notice that appeared in a website listing (the "New York scoop") of interesting events taking place in New York City during the final week of June.

 

The Central Park Dance Skaters Association even has a website describing their activities, and they gather (and/or perform, depending on your perspective) in the mid-to-late afternoons on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout year (except the winter season). The Fourth of July holiday fell on a Monday this year, and the group announced that they would have a special celebratory get-together in honor of the holiday ... and since it had rained on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend, I thought perhaps there would be more incentive than usual for everyone to take advantage of the final afternoon of the holiday weekend ... and so I trekked over to their reserved location -- a stretch of asphalt just west of the Bandshell -- to see what it was all about.

 

They've now got an elaborate sound system, with several speakers, instead of an isolated boom box. And they've got several DJ's who organize and manage the music throughout the afternoon; on the Fourth of July afternoon when I first decided to check out the scene, it was DJ Rikki Rivera calling the shots. It's mostly disco/hip-hop music, much of it instrumental, with a steady throbbing beat that gradually got the dancers more and more wound-up and energized.

 

As for the dancers ... well, it would take too long for me to try describe them with simple words. That's what photographs and videos are for. You can judge for yourself... who knows: you may be sufficiently intrigued to show up yourself on one of these weekends. And I warned people in the end of my notes for that July 4th Flickr set: "Who knows: I might be back with my camera, and you may find yourself immortalized on Flickr sometime in the future…"

 

As it turned out, it was almost four months later when I came back with my camera -- on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late October. The weather was still fairly mild, but the trees and leaves had changed -- and it was definitely not summer any longer. But the DJ was still there, the disco/hip-hop music was still booming from the sound system … and the dancers were still there, though dressed a little more warmly than they had been back in July. Indeed, I recognized a few of them from my earlier visit, and I couldn't help wondering if they come every Saturday to dance with their friends. I photographed both the familiar old-timers, as well as some new faces. Who knows -- maybe I photographed you, too ...

 

Second consecutive day of 100+ temperatures in NYC.

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon people get together and dance on rollerskates to disco music provided by the Central Park Dance Skaters Association. The action happens near the Bandshell in Central Park.

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 2, 2011 issue of Everyblock NYC for the "customized" region of Central Park.

 

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As I noted in a July 2011 Flickr set, you can find anything in New York. Clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists. Snake charmers, sword swallowers, high-wire trapeze performers. Thieves, con men, hustlers (not all of whom are located on Wall Street). Artists, actors, and dance skaters. The list goes on, ad nauseum...

 

Actually, I have to admit that I don't have direct, first-hand experience with most of these categories … but starting on the Fourth of July, I became somewhat more acquainted with the final item on my list: dance skaters, and especially the ones who perform in Central Park on spring,summer, and fall weekends. A few years ago, I had the unexpected experience of wandering through a section of Central Park near the Bandshell, a little south of the Belvedere Fountain and the 72nd Street transverse through the park, where I saw several people dancing quite gracefully and acrobatically on their roller-blade skates, to the sound of music that seemed to be coming from someone's old-fashioned "boom-box" portable radio/cassette player. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, but it was enough to focus my attention on a small notice that appeared in a website listing (the "New York scoop") of interesting events taking place in New York City during the final week of June.

 

The Central Park Dance Skaters Association even has a website describing their activities, and they gather (and/or perform, depending on your perspective) in the mid-to-late afternoons on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout year (except the winter season). The Fourth of July holiday fell on a Monday this year, and the group announced that they would have a special celebratory get-together in honor of the holiday ... and since it had rained on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend, I thought perhaps there would be more incentive than usual for everyone to take advantage of the final afternoon of the holiday weekend ... and so I trekked over to their reserved location -- a stretch of asphalt just west of the Bandshell -- to see what it was all about.

 

They've now got an elaborate sound system, with several speakers, instead of an isolated boom box. And they've got several DJ's who organize and manage the music throughout the afternoon; on the Fourth of July afternoon when I first decided to check out the scene, it was DJ Rikki Rivera calling the shots. It's mostly disco/hip-hop music, much of it instrumental, with a steady throbbing beat that gradually got the dancers more and more wound-up and energized.

 

As for the dancers ... well, it would take too long for me to try describe them with simple words. That's what photographs and videos are for. You can judge for yourself... who knows: you may be sufficiently intrigued to show up yourself on one of these weekends. And I warned people in the end of my notes for that July 4th Flickr set: "Who knows: I might be back with my camera, and you may find yourself immortalized on Flickr sometime in the future…"

 

As it turned out, it was almost four months later when I came back with my camera -- on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late October. The weather was still fairly mild, but the trees and leaves had changed -- and it was definitely not summer any longer. But the DJ was still there, the disco/hip-hop music was still booming from the sound system … and the dancers were still there, though dressed a little more warmly than they had been back in July. Indeed, I recognized a few of them from my earlier visit, and I couldn't help wondering if they come every Saturday to dance with their friends. I photographed both the familiar old-timers, as well as some new faces. Who knows -- maybe I photographed you, too ...

 

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 3, 2011 issue of Everyblock NYC for the "customized" region of Central Park.

 

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As I noted in a July 2011 Flickr set, you can find anything in New York. Clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists. Snake charmers, sword swallowers, high-wire trapeze performers. Thieves, con men, hustlers (not all of whom are located on Wall Street). Artists, actors, and dance skaters. The list goes on, ad nauseum...

 

Actually, I have to admit that I don't have direct, first-hand experience with most of these categories … but starting on the Fourth of July, I became somewhat more acquainted with the final item on my list: dance skaters, and especially the ones who perform in Central Park on spring,summer, and fall weekends. A few years ago, I had the unexpected experience of wandering through a section of Central Park near the Bandshell, a little south of the Belvedere Fountain and the 72nd Street transverse through the park, where I saw several people dancing quite gracefully and acrobatically on their roller-blade skates, to the sound of music that seemed to be coming from someone's old-fashioned "boom-box" portable radio/cassette player. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, but it was enough to focus my attention on a small notice that appeared in a website listing (the "New York scoop") of interesting events taking place in New York City during the final week of June.

 

The Central Park Dance Skaters Association even has a website describing their activities, and they gather (and/or perform, depending on your perspective) in the mid-to-late afternoons on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout year (except the winter season). The Fourth of July holiday fell on a Monday this year, and the group announced that they would have a special celebratory get-together in honor of the holiday ... and since it had rained on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend, I thought perhaps there would be more incentive than usual for everyone to take advantage of the final afternoon of the holiday weekend ... and so I trekked over to their reserved location -- a stretch of asphalt just west of the Bandshell -- to see what it was all about.

 

They've now got an elaborate sound system, with several speakers, instead of an isolated boom box. And they've got several DJ's who organize and manage the music throughout the afternoon; on the Fourth of July afternoon when I first decided to check out the scene, it was DJ Rikki Rivera calling the shots. It's mostly disco/hip-hop music, much of it instrumental, with a steady throbbing beat that gradually got the dancers more and more wound-up and energized.

 

As for the dancers ... well, it would take too long for me to try describe them with simple words. That's what photographs and videos are for. You can judge for yourself... who knows: you may be sufficiently intrigued to show up yourself on one of these weekends. And I warned people in the end of my notes for that July 4th Flickr set: "Who knows: I might be back with my camera, and you may find yourself immortalized on Flickr sometime in the future…"

 

As it turned out, it was almost four months later when I came back with my camera -- on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late October. The weather was still fairly mild, but the trees and leaves had changed -- and it was definitely not summer any longer. But the DJ was still there, the disco/hip-hop music was still booming from the sound system … and the dancers were still there, though dressed a little more warmly than they had been back in July. Indeed, I recognized a few of them from my earlier visit, and I couldn't help wondering if they come every Saturday to dance with their friends. I photographed both the familiar old-timers, as well as some new faces. Who knows -- maybe I photographed you, too ...

 

Central Park Dance Skaters

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

 

Whodini • Friends

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRn2VQWNkgA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

www.cpdsa.org/

 

Change • A Lover's Holiday

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDoOMX3dE6Q

I've been lazy on Flickr lately. Maybe now that the weather is warming slightly the enthusiasm will return along with it :) Large on black.

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association

 

Steely Dan • Peg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI7NDDQLvbo

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA

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