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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The City Parks Foundation sponsors this enormous feast of free outdoor performances, which includes offerings in all five boroughs. Some wonderful dance makers are there to give their work away, including Philadelphia's contemporary ballet group Philadanco (Jul 29). Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company performs Aug 8 and Invincible, the Michael Jackson tribute (Aug 9), will feature a "Dance Like Michael" workshop. Ooo!Read more
Even by Lincoln Center Out of Doors standards, this is a marquee event. Three powerful institutions gather for this blockbuster evening organized in honor of the late, great Geoffrey Holder: Afro-Caribbean-inflected, postmodern choreographer Garth Fagan and his troupe; dance icon (and Holder's widow) Carmen de Lavallade performing new work The Creation; and the Harlem's Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, which raises its collective voice in praise.Read more
The Joyce curates this small but mighty festival of contemporary ballet, which includes Joshua Beamish's MOVE: the company (Aug 4 and 5), the Chamber Dance Project (Aug 6 and 7), the Ashley Bouder Project (August 8 and 9), BalletX (Aug 11 and 12), Emery LeCrone (Aug 13 and 14) and Amy Seiwert's Imagery (August 15 and 16).Read more
Brooklyn usually does a good job of celebrating itself, but this free outdoor performance series always takes the bar for exultation a little higher. This time, the extraordinary modern company formed by Lee Sher and Saar Harari performs the seven-person work Grass and Jackals, as well as a duet by Ohad Naharin, performed by guests from the famous Batsheva Dance Company.Read more
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
This annual sporting event celebrates the fifth moon (or fifth month) of the lunar calendar. Wee ones will get a kick out of the colorful, dragon-shaped vessels racing across Meadow Lake, their oarsmen rowing to the beat of Chinese drums. In addition to watching the 165 or so teams that have come from across the U.S. to take part in this year's race, families can listen to live music, catch martial arts demonstrations and munch on ethnic grub. All ages.
This free celebration (formerly the Downtown Dance Festival) welcomes dance from India, Colombia, Norway, Poland and, of course, New York. The splashy final event on Aug 21 goes indoors to Pace University, but all other performances take place in front of the sparkling New York Harbor.Read more
Downtown Dance Festival
Twirl, two step or tap your way to Lower Manhattan for this 29th annual fest. Today Lori Belilove & The Isadora Dance Company perform and then invite kids to get on stage and groove. Battery Park performance located on the lawn, adjacent to State St at Pearl St. All ages.
This ten-story rehearsal studio complex comprises the New 42nd Street Studios and the Duke on 42nd Street theater. Opened in 2000, the New 42nd Street Studios occasionally features small-scale, interactive performances and workshops sponsored by the New Victory Theater.Read more