Free dance performances and series in New York City

Check out this roundup to discover NYC’s free dance performances, ranging from traditional to experimental.

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New York City is (arguably) the dance capital of the world. Which means that free dance shows pop throughout the year. Find out which ones suit your fancy in this continually updated guide.

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"Dance & Fashion"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Museum of FIT explores the reciprocal influence of dance and fashion in a new exhibition. Organized by the museum's director, Dr. Valerie Steele, the display features costumes and fashions from the 19th century to the present, including pieces worn by recognizable dancers and created by notable designers. The exhibition will also include art by David Michalek, featuring Wendy Whelan, and photographs by fashion photographer Anne Deniau, also known as Ann Ray.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Thu Oct 9
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Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL)

  • Free

The collective looks at political society as a reflection of the self in the dance-opera Any Size Mirror Is a Dictator. The production includes music by Brian McCorkle, libretto and direction by Esther Neff, and choreography by Lindsey Drury. Audiences are welcome to come and go as they wish.

  1. Momenta Art 359 Bedford Ave, between South 4th and 5th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Oct 19
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Central Park Tango

  • Free

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Trisha Brown Dance Company Exhibition: "Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The River to River festival takes on an archival component with an exhibition dedicated to the work of the Trisha Brown Dance Company that concentrates on Brown's early career as an artist working in New York City. In addition to photographs and programs and a costume piece, the show includes the choreographer's instructions from selected productions.

Circus Amok

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The fantastically queer, unapologetically political and surprisingly kid-friendly Circus Amok invades NYC's parks throughout September with acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and other delights. Circus founder Jennifer Miller serves as ringleader.

  1. Tompkins Square Park Ave A, between 7th and 10th Sts
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Sun Sep 28
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Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

  • Free

On the International Day of Peace, Shinnyo-en, a Buddhist denomination originally established in Japan, invites the public to a variety of performances at the reflecting pool, named for Paul Milstein, at Lincoln Center. Participants include Christopher Wheeldon, Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall. In addition, visitors are invited to construct their own lanterns, inscribed with peace wishes. At the 7pm closing ceremony, the head priest of Shinnyo-en, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, will preside over a lantern floating ceremony.

  1. Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th St
  2. Sun Sep 21
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2014 Dumbo Dance Festival

  • Free

White Wave showcases more than 75 contemporary companies in this year's edition of its annual festival. Visit whitewavedance.com for program details.

  1. John Ryan Theater 25 Jay St, at John St
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Sep 28
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Dumbo Arts Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The already art-forward ’hood pulls out all the stops for this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Of the many creative shows in the lineup, Kling Klang, from art-rockers Xiu Xiu, is one of our favorites. Also, be sure to check out the weird and wonderful Himalayas marching band, known for its audience participation—you won't be able to resist busting a move when they come around! Visit dumboartsfestival.com for a full schedule.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Making Moves Dance Festival

  • Free

The festival showcases New York's emerging dance companies. The afternoon performance features Ballet Inc., CelloPointe Chamber Music & Dance Company, Jazz Roots Dance Company, Nonalee Dance Theater and Tislarm Bouie. The evening show includes 360º Dance Company, In-Sight Dance Company, Project 44 and Dai, Jian.

  1. Jamaica Performing Arts Center 153rd St, at Jamaica Ave
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Artichoke Dance Company

  • Free

Lynn Neuman choreographs Water Dreams, a site-specific dance about our relationship with nature. The piece is part of the company's Human Mapping Project.

  1. Washington Park Fifth Ave, between 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 27
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