First Friday Salsa Nights in the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons are back for the 2018 season with Siempre Salsa Philly & Take the Lead Dance Project. Schmidt’s Commons kicks off the season with a pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration this Friday, May 4, 2018, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. First Friday Salsa Nights start with free salsa dance lessons between 7:00pm and 7:30pm, followed by salsa dancing from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The season kick-off will feature this month’s live band, Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta. Food and drinks will be available from Revolution Taco food truck, plus Gunners Run & El Camino Real Philadelphia. First Friday Salsa Nights are open to the public and all ages. For more information, visit or call  267-246-0618.

First Friday Salsa Nights will run from May 4, 2018 to October 5, 2018.  Each event will feature a free salsa dance lesson starting at 7:00pm from the Executive Director, Jackie Fisher, of the Take the Lead Dance Project. Live music and dancing will follow at 7:30pm. Each month, look for a different live band to take the stage. Each month’s band will be announced on Facebook at:

Schmidt’s Commons organizes First Friday Salsa Nights with partners Sempre Salsa Philly and Take the Lead Dance Project. This monthly dance series debuted in 2017 and is part of new event programming at Schmidt’s Commons that also includes live concerts, movies under the stars, sports watch parties, community events and annual larger signature events. FirstFriday Salsa Night, along with quarterly Makers’ Markets, Succulent Workshops, Movie Nights and other events are designed to activate the space at Schmidt’s Commons, while supporting and increasing engagement with the local Northern Liberties neighborhood and community.

This past weekend, the event season at Schmidt’s kicked off with Philadelphia Beard Festival, Margarita Rumble, the Markers’ Market and Local Libations Garden, and the launch party for Philly Tech Week. All events and event rentals are handled by Event Coordinator Krystal Souvanlasy.

“First Friday Salsa Nights at Schmidt’s Commons was one of the brand new event series we launched in 2016 and then expanded in 2017,” said Souvanlasy. “We surveyed and worked with the community to come up with engaging and exciting events that brought people together. We started with over 100 people the first event and this grew to over 1,000 people by October of last year. It was amazing to see this free community event organically attract such a loyal following. We are thrilled to be back again for another year, and we thank Sempre Salsa Philly and Take the Lead Dance Project for their help in making this program such a success.”

Stay tuned later this week for the announcement of May’s line-up of movies, music and other events beyond First Friday Salsa Night.  For the list of coming events at Schmidt’s Commons,  visit or call  267-246-0618.


Siempre Salsa Philly is an initiative undertaken by Rob Bernberg (Latin Beat Magazine), Jesse Bermudez (A.M.L.A. founder) and Carlos Sanchez (Orquesta del Barrio) to grow the audience for authentic salsa music in the Philadelphia region via a series of educational and entertainment events throughout the year.


At Take the Lead Dance Project our belief is that social dance is important to the education, growth, and development of our youth. Through the practice of social dance, we strive inspire confidence, community, and joy in the lives of high school students in Philadelphia. Take the Lead Dance Project is a 10-week in-school arts education, social, and physical development social dance program designed to utilize partner dance instruction to impart social skills and attitudes broadly associated with the realm of social dance including discipline, teamwork, civility, appreciation of music, enhanced communication skills and respect for other cultures.

Take the Lead Dance Project celebrates diversity by exploring different cultures through their respective social dance traditions, including dances that originate in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, and the United States. Philadelphia inner-city high school classrooms are very diverse. Social dance breaks down social and cultural barriers, deepens intercultural appreciation, and allows students to work together joyfully to achieve a common goal.


Opened on May 15, 2009, this beautifully landscaped 80,000 square foot open-air district is located on 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue in Northern Liberties.

With all forms of public transportation nearby, residents have direct access to the entire city. Our buildings are as beautiful as they are accessible; our modern architectural design has received one of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) most prestigious honors.

Schmidt’s Commons is made up of 8 unique residential buildings, 140,000 SF of retail and commercial space, and the Piazza at Schmidt’s, an 80,000 SF central plaza where events are hosted all year round. From concerts to free festivals, vendor markets, screening events, dance performances, and live broadcasts of sporting events, the Commons has something for everyone. At the head of the plaza is an 800 SF permanent stage and a HD 400 SF Daktronics LED screen. Expect to see all Philadelphia sports games playing on the Jumbotron year round. All are welcome!

Also within the Schmidt’s Commons is Liberties Walk, located directly across the street from the Piazza. Liberties Walk is an extension of the mixed-use live/work/play community with a small village vibe that consists of 72 residential walk up apartments, 30 first floor commercial and retail units, and 19 townhouses. For more info, visit:

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