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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Sweet Spot Festival

  • Free

Harlem’s roving monthly dance party and artisan market is back. If you’re a DIY maker, apply online to be a vendor at one of the upcoming jamborees.

  1. Pier I, Riverside Park South W 66th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Aug 30
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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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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.

Dumbo Arts Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The already art-forward northern Brooklyn ’hood pulls out all the stops during this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Lillian Gerson’s pop-up recording studio, Radio Wave, gives attendees the chance to dictate their storm stories; in The Ship of Tolerance, Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will pilot a ship along the waterfront whose sail is made of stitched-together paintings by NYC schoolkids; the Bubbles of Hope performance-art processional will see 20 dynamic sculptures swooping down on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 for an interactive parade; and festgoers can bring their own possessions, skills, stories or even abstracter holdings to trade in Bartertown. Visit dumboartsfestival.com for a full schedule.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Dance fever: It’s time to boogie down at the eighth annual Dance Parade

  • Free

Put on your happy feet: The eighth annual Dance Parade kicks off May 17 at 1pm at Broadway and 21st Street, where dancers of all ages and cultures—trained and otherwise—tap, pirouette and glide their way to Tompkins Square Park. The parade, a cultural bonanza, showcases more than 70 styles of dance, from ballet to hip-hop, with 10,000 performers of all abilities and ages. This year’s grand marshals are Savion Glover, Hex Hector and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; the destination is DanceFest at Tompkins Square Park, where you’ll encounter dance and aerial performances, lessons and social dancing. Stay hydrated. Here’s a slide show of years past to get you in groove. Send tips and cat photos to: Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob) marley.lynch@timeout.com On May 17, 10,000 dancers will be taking over Manhattan See more recent blog posts You might also like Q&A: Miguel Gutierrez delves into age and beauty at the 2014 Whitney Biennial Miguel Gutierrez talks about how being an aging gay choreographer and midcareer stress figure in to his newest duet at the Whitney Museum This week’s most popular dance events New York City Ballet Spring 2014 The company's spring season focuses on 21st-century choreographers, with selections by Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner and Christopher Wheeldon. As balance, entire programs are also dedicated to the choreography of Balanchin

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i want now same iformation about free dance class, thanks