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What is Salsa In The Park?

A free and popular outdoor summer event for all ages, backgrounds and abilities, Salsa In The Park is an innovative community engagement project that transforms public space for public benefit through music, dance and education. A public health initiative, featuring movement as a key to wellness, it draws over 500 people from all walks of life  for salsa instruction (dance and percussion), high quality performances showcasing a variety of cultures and genres, social dancing and health and wellness promotion. 

Many salsa & Latin dancers in Boston claim Salsa In The Park as their favorite event of the city, not only for the appeal of dancing outside "al aire libre," and witnessing engaging performances, but as a way to give back to the community. Dancers, and non dancers, volunteer all summer by donating their time to teach dance lessons to people of all ages and varying abilities; performing at the event; setting up and breaking down the dance floors; assisting with event staffing; maintaining a recycling program; and cleaning up from the festivities late into the night. 

Want to bring Salsa In The Park to your neighborhood or event?

 Through grant funding, partnerships and contracts, MetaMovements is able to coordinate Salsa In The Parks and "Salsa in the Park inspired" events  in various locations (indoor/outdoor, one time and series options available). Using our partnership with the Blackstone Community Center as a model for success, we have embarked on new initiatives and partnerships throughout the city in recent years. As Salsa In The Park continues to move throughout the city, we  engage local partners and stakeholders to always produce a culturally relevant event. Besides our weekly Salsa In The Park at the Blackstone, locations have included Charlestown, Boston City Hall, Cambridge, Allston, Martha's Vineyard and South Boston's Lawn On D.  

Who makes it all possible?

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MetaMovements (MM) is an entrepreneurial artist collective dedicated to using the arts as a tool for positive transformation of self and community, creating bonds, fostering meaningful relationships and creating lasting social change. With community partners, supporters, funders and volunteers, MetaMovements brings Salsa In The Park to life!

None of this would be possible without financial contributions from our sponsors, funders and Salsa In The Park attendees and supporters! We are currently seeking sponsors, vendors, volunteers and donors to get us the funding we need to make our Salsa In The Park events happen! 


In 2007 at the Charlestown Community Center, MetaMovements, with the support of the salsa community in Boston, produced the very first Salsa In The Park (SITP) program. In 2008 we expanded SITP to the Blackstone Community Center to increase positive activities inside and outside of the Center in an effort to reduce violence and drug use that was happening in and around the courtyard. In 2014 we expanded SITP to include a Cuban area in which Boston Rueda has been an integral part of through teaching and engagement. To date our collaborative efforts have provided arts programming (dance, percussion, theater, events hosting) for thousands of families, including meaningful summer jobs and internships for over 150 youth, year-round internships for college students, and free weekly outdoor events which so many people look forward to every summer. We are proud of the work we have done together!

From 2008 through 2019, we held weekly Salsa In The Park events that were made possible through an ongoing partnership with BCYF's Blackstone Community Center and others. For staffing of the event MM helped coordinate two internship programs and volunteers! Each summer, 25+ youth aged 12-19 had a summer of transformation: becoming leaders in the effort to improve their community, building essential 21st century employment skills, studying and performing dance, music and theater (and learning to share their arts with others) all through MM's Youth Arts Ambassadors Program. The youth in the program spent numerous hours with healthy, driven and passionate adult role models that are hired through MM's Career Training & Practicum programs.  

List of Partners:
Since the event's inception in 2007, MM has collaborated with Boston Dance Alliance, Charlestown Community Center (BCYF), Blackstone Community Center (BCYF), ArtWeek, Boston's Moves for Health, Cambridge Community Centers, Margaret Fuller House, Cambridge Public Health Association,  Boston Centers For Youth & Families (BCYF), Cambridge Senior Center, Lawn On D and Spontaneous Celebrations with financial support from the City of Boston & the City of Cambridge, private foundations, DJ Hernan,, BioMed Realty, Burlington Mall and more!


  • FREE 30-minute lessons for all levels from 6pm-6:30pm

  • Take a follow up beginner's lesson at 7:15pm!

  • Silent Rhythms Salsa Class (for those who are deaf and/or blind) is now available at 6:30pm

  • Social Dance to the best Salsa & Bachata music provided by DJ Hernan and fantastic guests 

  • Performances throughout the evening by amazing local and national performers varying in music and dance genres from the traditional and folkloric to the modern and contemporary




We take over the courtyard park and playground at the Blackstone Community Center and fill it with about 500 dance and music lovers each week! With the help of our awesome volunteers and Youth Arts Ambassadors, we setup up dance floors on the courtyard patio in-between the community center and the basketball court. There are 2-3 dance floors available providing plenty of space for all to dance under the stars. Dance floors are provided by and the Boston Dance Alliance. In case of rain, we move inside into the auditorium of the Blackstone Community Center thanks to BYCF staff!


If you have items with you, don't worry! Most of our Salsa In The Park events have a Bag Check area where you can safely leave your belongings with one of our MetaMovements trusted volunteers (donations appreciated and encouraged). 

Come join our Musicians' Corner, and JAM to the music! Bring your own instruments or play with dozens of instruments for everyone to have fun! Congas, Maracas, Claves, Bongos, and many many more.

KIDS CORNER (not included at all events)
Fun kids activities including Arts & Crafts for the little ones if they get tired of dancing or shy away from dancing.

The Silent Rhythms program was inspired by one of our long term students Kerry Thompson, who as a fully deaf and partially blind person sought out inclusion and community through our performance team. Through years of hard work she found a transformation within herself to develop into a highly skilled Salsa performer. She then wanted to share this transformative opportunity with others by partnering with our company to create this unique program, naming it Silent Rhythms after her internalized understanding of the rhythm. Today staff are trained in how to make instant adaptations for people with other types of disabilities, be they physical or cognitive, so that ALL feel welcome!  Email us to sign up for Silent Rhythms class!


Top 5 ways of supporting Salsa In The Park:


Become a Salsa In The Park Donor

To support our programming (including weekly outdoor parties, free dance and percussion classes for children, youth and elders, etc.), safely donate online by clicking in the button below. 

Thanks to Boston Dance Alliance, our fiscal sponsor, donations are tax-deductible, and can be made easily online. More info about BDA here.


Become a Salsa In The Park Sponsor or Vendor

Reach thousands of people this summer by advertising through our networks and events or having a resource/promotional table at our weekly events! For more information visit our Sponsor & Donate page


Become part of the team

​This programming relies on a solid team every year in all aspects of event production, media and arts programming. Please contact us about internship, paid and volunteer opportunities. 


Help us get the word out

Share our calendar listings of all of our events found on MetaMovements' main website 

Perform at Salsa In The Park events

Our events gather a welcoming audience of more than 300 people eager to witness your newest creation. All genres of performance are considered. Let us know about your interest today by clicking below


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