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 for People with Parkinson's

  • Free

The movement classes—developed collaboratively by Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group—cater the physical benefits of dance to those with Parkinson's disease, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. "Dance for PD" is already offered at several other locations throughout the city.

  1. Ballet Academy East 1651 Third Ave, between 92nd and 93rd Sts
  2. Fri Sep 5
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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.

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. Fri Sep 5 - Sun Oct 19
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Mark Morris Dance Group Open House

  • Free

The company hosts a day of free activities at its center. Highlights include performances, plus dance and fitness classes, as well as food from local vendors.

  1. Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and Flatbush Ave
  2. Sat Sep 6
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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. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 28
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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 6
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Swing House

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Gowanus, Brooklyn. Location disclosed with R.S.V.P; visit geminiandscorpio.com for details. Oh, sneaky, sneaky. Party planners Gemini & Scorpio are bringing back their wildly successful, speakeasy Prohibition-era bash featuring burlesque, bands and beats, and you can only find out the location if you R.S.V.P. Wear your flapper finery as the Blue Vipers play early-jazz tunes, and learn some steps at a free dance class at 9:30pm. Vintage dress is required until midnight, and an electroswing after-party starts at 12:30am. Get in on one of the most fun Roaring '20s parties in NYC.

Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Tonight: Rochdi Belgasmi, Fernando LR Parra and Yung-Li Dance.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Sep 8
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Creative Dance Open House

  • Free

Tiny dancers looking for a fall class can try out this new ballet workshop for free. With the guidance of instructor Rachael Kosch, tykes will practice their moves to live music played by classical composer Michael Kosch, while parents observe and enjoy refreshments. Ages 3 to 5.

  1. Westbeth Center for the Arts Community Room 463 West St, between Bank and Bethune Sts
  2. Wed Sep 10
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The Table of Silence Project 9/11

  • Free

Buglisi Dance Theatre, directed by Jacqulyn Buglisi, returns to Lincoln Center to perform this movement installation, featuring approximately100 dancers. A memorial created to honor the anniversary of 9/11, the work is inspired by Rossella Vasta's installation of terra-cotta plates and was conceived as a "ritual movement for peace."

  1. Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza Columbus Ave, at 64th St
  2. Thu Sep 11
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