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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Eye on Dance Public Screening: "The Bessies: Fifth Anniversary"

  • Free

To investigate the history and progress of the Bessies, the annual New York dance-and-performance awards, the Sorry I Missed Your Show series screens the 1988 presentation, which was recorded and broadcasted by TV's Eye on Dance. Following the screening, Eye on Dance host Celia Ipiotis will moderate a discussion with Lucy Sexton and Laurie Uprichard.

  1. Gibney Dance 890 Broadway, at 19th St, fifth floor
  2. Wed Oct 1
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"Dance & Fashion"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Museum at 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. Thu Oct 2 - 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. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 19
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The Edward Morgan Ballet

  • Free

Director Joseph Alexander presents "Ballet for the Homeless," a program to raise awareness about homelessness in New York City. The evening includes Mass for the Ballet, which features dancers, musicians and actors, and Earthly Love, Heavenly Spirits. Proceeds benefit Goddard Riverside Community Center.

  1. Church of the Holy Apostles 296 Ninth Ave, at 28th St
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 5
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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

  • Free

As part of the Brooklyn Museum's October Target First Saturday, which celebrates Latino communities in and around Brooklyn, the company performs Bailes de Ida y Vuelta.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sat Oct 4
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Sundays on Broadway

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Tonight: screening and informal discussion of Robert Whitman's Two Holes of Water—3.

  1. Cathy Weis Studio 537 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Sts, no. 3, 10012
  2. Sun Oct 5
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Studies Project Series: "Dance and Music Now"

  • Free

Philip Ellis Foster proposes this studies project, which looks at the current relationship between dance and music. Panelist pairs are Douglas Dunn and Steven Taylor, Melanie Maar and Kenta Nagai, and Edisa Weeks and Katie Down.

  1. Gibney Dance 890 Broadway, at 19th St, fifth floor
  2. Tue Oct 7
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Anabella Lenzu

  • Free

The Argentine choreographer directs The Grass Is Always Greener, a performance about the struggles of U.S. immigrants, presented through dance, poetry and theater.

  1. Union Square 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Sun Oct 12
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Gallim Dance

  • Free

Choreographer Andrea Miller stages a duet in an eight-foot cube, set in the public David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The new work, eight by eight, includes projections by Jake Saner that help tell the story of the two people.

  1. David Rubenstein Atrium (at Lincoln Center) Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Sts, 10023
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Fri Oct 10
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Dance on the Greenway

  • Free

Dance Theatre Etcetera presents this festival of site-specific dances along Red Hook's Ikea waterfront. Artists include Solomon Goodwin, Shannon Hummel, Joya Powell and Kathy Westwater.

  1. Ikea Erie Basin Park 1 Beard St, at Columbia St, 11231
  2. Sat Oct 11
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