The Battery Dance Festival is NYC’s longest-running FREE public outdoor dance festival, featuring both local and international performers and diverse dance styles from ballet to hip-hop. More than 30 dance troupes perform at the 36th annual Battery Dance Festival in Battery Park, including NYC’s Martha Graham School (shown here), along with dance groups from countries including Belgium, India, Sri Lanka, Spain, Botswana and the Dominican Republic
Outdoor performances are this Sunday, August 13, to Friday, August 18, plus an additional indoor performance on Saturday, August 19 nearby.
Dance performances are family-friendly, 7pm to 9pm in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park. There are no reservations, and seating is first come first serve.
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There also are FREE dance workshops during the day with some of the participating dance troupes, at Battery Dance studios, 380 Broadway. Reservations are absolutely required.
- August 14: Battery Dance – USA
- August 15: Co. Nacional De Danza Contemporanea De Republica Dominicana – Dominican Republic
- August 16: Cía. Elías Aguirre – Spain
- August 17: Bollylicious – Belgium
- August 18: Mophato Dance Theatre – Botswana
Plus, there is a FREE closing event and performance at 6pm, Saturday, August 19, at the Schimmel Center at Pace University. Reservations also are required for admission.
Top American including Michelle Dorrance, Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside top companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.
The festival was established in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, and provides a unique opportunity for outstanding dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum.
photo of dancers from Martha Graham School courtesy Battery Dance Festival