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 Parade

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  • Free

Sat May 21 1pm–7pm. At this annual procession, which features more than 70 styles of dance, thousands of moving and grooving marchers make their way through lower Manhattan to Tompkins Square Park, where a post-parade festival will include performances, lessons and a dance party. The parade starts at 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue South. All ages.

  1. Parade route
  2. Sat May 17
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21st Annual Red Hook Fest

  • Free

Red Hook residents have been working hard to rebuild the community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Show them some love at the 20th annual edition of this neighborhood cultural bash. Shoot the breeze at a cookout and dance party outside P.S. 15 on Friday, with tunes by DJ Laylo. On Saturday, join the Rebirth Parade (meet at Coffey Park, Visitation Pl between Dwight and Richards Sts; 10am), led by the Hungry March Band, which winds through the parts of Red Hook that were hit hardest by the storm. The parade culminates in an afternoon of live music and dance performances, family-friendly activities and free kayak rides in the harbor at Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. Visit for more information.

  1. Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier Coffey St, at Ferris St
  2. Thu Jun 5 - Sat Jun 7
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Anita's Way

  • Free

This public plaza connects the Condè Nast and Bank of America buildings, and occasionally hosts site-specific performances. It was named after Anita Durst, founder of Chashama, which transforms vacant properties into artists' spaces.

  1. W 42nd St to W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway, 10036
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New York Memory Center

  • Free

This nonprofit, community-based agency provides services to adults with cognitive, physical and emotional limitations. As host to Memory Arts Café, a series of free arts events for people living with Alzheimer's disease, the center occasionally serves as a venue for dance performances.

  1. 199 14th St, between Fourth and Fifth Aves, 11215
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