City Life Org – Contemporary Dance Series: Juneteenth Celebration with Josh Johnson, Music From The Sole, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, and more – FREE June 18 at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Photo Andrew Fassbender

Picnic shows at Bryant Park

June 16 party

As part of the contemporary dance series

With: Josh Johnson, sole music, The Diversity of Earl Mosley’s Dance and more

Saturday June 18 at 7 p.m.

Entry first come, first served

All Bryant Park Picnic Performances are FREE

Picnic shows at Bryant Park presented by Bank of America continues on June 18 with the final performance of Contemporary Dance Seriesa special June 16 party. Performance features Tap sensation and native Harlem Josh JohnsonTap with Afro-diasporic roots from sole musicand community dance company The Diversity of Earl Mosley’s Dance. Programming Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously scheduled performance of Music From The Sole has been moved from its previous date, June 11, to June 18.

Attendees can bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating list of local New York vendors organized by Hester Street Fair. Vaccinations and COVID-19 masks are not currently required, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the year. was so necessary.

The 2022 picnic season is made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a longtime supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said Jose Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York. “We are therefore delighted to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and to combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together, we help New York’s iconic cultural scene thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York music, dance and theater.

Performance Details

Saturday June 18 at 7 p.m.

June 16 party

Featuring Josh Johnson, Music From The Sole, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, and more

Josh Johnson is a Harlem native who tap danced on New York trains to pay for his studies at Penn State University. The New York Times and Reader’s Digest covered her incredible story of hard work, perseverance and positivity. Since the spring of 2012, Josh has appeared on numerous national television shows, sharing his life story and performing for audiences. Josh Johnson was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and made several appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He served as a red carpet correspondent for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and has been featured on Dancing with the stars in an AT&T Spotlight performance.

Music From The Sole is a tap and live music company that celebrates the Afro-diasporic roots of tap dancing, particularly its ties to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage with forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces the unique nature of tap dancing as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating varied influences such as samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz and house.

Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Inc. mission is to provide an environment where student artists from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds can achieve the highest levels of excellence through positive collaborations with teachers and peers. The mission is achieved through various programs, including mentorship and year-round support. EMDOD teachers and staff ensure that every student is welcomed and celebrated in a non-competitive environment that favors value over volume. The organization strives to build a dance community that allows each student to connect both technically, artistically, and spiritually with their own artistry and individuality. Participants collaborate with their peers while learning from each other and their teachers/artists in programs that model mutual respect and celebrate diversity. EMDOD creates a community where participants can feel safe to explore and cultivate their dreams. Growing together, participants prepare for the challenges that await them in the world of dance and life.

Complete the Bryant Park Picnic Performance

Line lists

May June

June 10: Contemporary dance: EMERGE125 and Ayodele Casel

June 11: Contemporary Dance: Latin social dance class with Ballet Hispánico and Dance Heginbotham

June 17: New York Opera: Pride in the Park

June 18: Contemporary Dance: Juneteenth Celebration with Josh Johnson, Music From The Sole, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, and more

June 24: Emerging Music Festival Organized by AdHoc: Benét, Dougie Poole and Daneshevskaya

June 25: Emerging Music Festival Organized by AdHoc: 95 Bulls, Talia Goddess and Reyna Tropical


July 1: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

July 8: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project

July 15: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers

July 22: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta

July 23: Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

July 28: artists to be determined

July 29: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay


August 5: Performers to be determined

August 12: New York Opera: The traviata

August 19: Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang

August 26: Habibi Festival: Esraa Warda & The Châab Lab, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO

August 29: The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage


September 2: New York Opera: Lucia of Lammermoor

September 8: Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

September 9: Harlem Classic Theater

September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and more

September 17: American Symphony Orchestra

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (CPC), a private, non-profit corporation, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by revenue from events, concessions and sponsorships, as well as an appraisal of neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security, sanitation and horticulture services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms and a wide range of free events throughout the year. Midtown Manhattan Park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC’s website,, offers more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.

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Subway location and directions:

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.

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