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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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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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 Nov 2 - Sun Dec 14
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"A Late Afternoon Conversation with Twyla"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Tease out your "creative habit" with seminal choreographer Twyla Tharp, this year's Barnard distinguished guest artist. In a discussion, Tharp will talk about her current projects and answer audience questions.

  1. Julius S. Held Lecture Hall 304 Barnard Hall, Broadway at 116th St
  2. Fri Nov 7
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Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies

  • Free

Arnold's tap company performs after a two-week residency at John Jay College.

  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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Native Pride Dancers

  • Free

To kick off its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the National Museum of the American Indian hosts the Native Pride Dancers, a troupe dedicated to honoring Native American cultural history through music, dance and storytelling.

  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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"Dancer as Agent"

  • Free

Cecilia Roos, in partnership with Iréne Hultman, conceives this episode of Movement Research's Studies Project series. Panelists, including dancer Hilary Clark, investigates how the creative process is no longer the exclusive domain of

  1. Gibney Dance 890 Broadway, at 19th St, fifth floor
  2. Mon Nov 10
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Chair "Archiveography" with David Gordon

  • Free

David Gordon and Valda Setterfield talk about their performative use of chairs, from 1974 through Gordon's presentation of Ionesco's The Chairs, as part of BAM's 2004 Next Wave series. The scripted conversation will be among the choreographer's

  1. Swiss Institute 18 Wooster St, between Broome and Canal Sts, 10013
  2. Mon Nov 10 - Tue Nov 11
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Batsheva Dance Company at 50

  • Free

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the opening of new exhibit "Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit." Curated by Iris Lana of the Batsheva Dance Company Archive Project, the show highlights

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Nov 10
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BAC Space 2014: Studio Showings

  • Free

Artists participating in a three-week intensive residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center offer a glimpse of their processes in in-progress public showings. The choreographers are Pam Tanowitz, Nora Chipaumire and Charlotte Brathwaite, Rashaun Mitchell

  1. Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 12 - Fri Nov 14
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Tisch Dance: Showing II/III

  • Free

Students from both the Tisch bachelor's and master's programs perform original, student-choreographed works.

  1. Fifth Floor Theater 111 Second Ave, between 6th and 7th Sts
  2. Thu Nov 13 - Sat Nov 15
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Cynthia King Dance Studio presents "Expressing Gratitude Through Poetry and Dance"

  • Free

In anticipation of this year's Thanksgiving festivities, the studio hosts an event that features participatory dance, led by choreographer Cynthia King and singer/songwriter Michael Harren on piano, and a reading and signing of Maya Gottfried's

  1. Cynthia King Dance Studio 1256 Prospect Ave, at Reeve Pl
  2. Sun Nov 16
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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 Nov 17 - Mon Feb 9
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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