Ordway’s Summer Dance Series

Now in its sixth year, the Ordway Summer Dance Series offers free dancing and live music in Rice Park on select evenings during the summer.

This year, Summer Dance Series is partnering with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival to present three nights of great music and dance. Kick up your heels with us at the Dance Stage at Rice Park June 25-27 for one of the most popular community events of the summer!

Each night kicks off with a social gathering at 5:30pm, where food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Saint Paul Hotel, R.A. MacSammy’s, and Potter’s Pasties. Can’t dance? Don’t worry! At 6pm, experienced local dance instructors will lead a group lesson, followed by open dancing at 7:15pm so you can put your new moves into play.


Thursday, June 25 – Salsa
Salsa Dance Instruction: Manny and Carmen Rubio
Band: Salsa Del Soul


Friday, June 26 – Swing
Swing Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray Saint Paul
Band: Beasley’s Big Band


Saturday, June 27 – Ballroom
Ballroom Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray Saint Paul
Band: Minnesota Jazz Orchestra


Summer Dance Stage at Rice Park is a co-presentation of Ordway Summer Dance Series and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival made possible by a generous gift from Susan and Tom Handley with additional support from The Saint Paul Hotel.

Summer Dance Emails

Ordway Summer Dance. Photo: Melissa Gaul

Become a Summer Dance fan! Sign up for reminders, information about the bands and instructors, alternate event locations due to inclement weather, plus special ticket offers for Ordway’s 15-16 season.

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