The best free dance performances and series in NYC

Discover NYC’s free dance performances, ranging from traditional to experimental, all while keeping your purse firmly shut

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New York City is (arguably) the dance capital of the world. But you don't have to always pay your way to the stage. Check out our lineup of the best free dance shows taking place at venues like the David Rubenstein Atrium and WeisAcres happening this weekend, this week and this month.


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LAVA Dance 11th Annual Handstand-a-Thon

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The queer dance-and-acrobatics troupe hosts an open fund-raising event to benefit its programs; the afternoon includes food, drink and guest performances.

  1. LAVA Studio 524 Bergen St, between Carlton and Sixth Aves
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Jamal Jackson Dance Company

  • Free

Choreographer Jamal Jackson presents Bask in the Shade, a dance about intra- and interracial cohesion that utilizes traditional Malian movement and contemporary African technique.

  1. The Actors Fund Arts Center at the Schermerhorn 160 Schermerhorn St, between Hoyt and Smith Sts, 11201
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Sundays on Broadway

  • Critics choice
  • Free

As an extension of her Salon Series, Cathy Weis offers Sundays on Broadway, a Sunday evening platform for screenings, performances and parties.

  1. WeisAcres 537 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Sts, no. 3, 10012
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun Dec 14
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Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Judson Mondays are here again. Pop by for a free evening of movement experimentation, curated by Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low and Molly Poerstel.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Oct 27 - Mon Feb 9
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The Dance Historian in In with David Vaughan: Ashton's Tchaikovsky

  • Free

Dance historian David Vaughan discusses Frederick Ashton's Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Wed Oct 29
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Gibney Dance 280 Broadway Grand Opening Celebration

  • Free

Gibney Dance unveils its new, renovated performing-arts center at 280 Broadway. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes tours, classes, a reception and introduction to the space's performance lab.

  1. Gibney Dance 280 Broadway 280 Broadway, at Chambers St
  2. Thu Oct 30
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  1. Julius S. Held Lecture Hall 304 Barnard Hall, Broadway at 116th St
  2. Fri Nov 7
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  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 7
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  1. National Museum of the American Indian Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Sts
  2. Sat Nov 8
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  1. Gibney Dance 890 Broadway, at 19th St, fifth floor
  2. Mon Nov 10
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  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Nov 10
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  1. Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 12 - Fri Nov 14
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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

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

  1. 199 14th St, between Fourth and Fifth Aves, 11215
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i want now same iformation about free dance class, thanks