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The best dance shows in NYC this month

From ballet to hip hop and contemporary performance, New York's best dance shows offer plenty to choose from

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
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For dance lovers, New York City always offers good reasons to get moving. If your taste runs to classical ballet, you can get your fill from New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center. For more modern fare, visit the Joyce Theatre, New York Live Arts, New York City Center, BAM or the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Looking for avant-garde work? You'll find it at the Skirball Center, the Chocolate Factory or Abrons Arts Center—and that's not to mention hip hop dance, international pageants, dance theater, Broadway musicals, experimental performance art and much more. Here are some of the best dance shows to check out in the next few months.

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Best dance shows in NYC this month

  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
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  • Bushwick
Austin McCormick and his neo-Baroque troupe (Queen of Hearts) specialize in lavish pageants that combine dance, burlesque and circus arts into a heady speciality cocktail. Their latest venture offers a sexy spin on lust, envy, greed and other deadlies.  
  • Dance
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  • Hell's Kitchen
The City Parks Foundation's free outdoor festival SummerStage graces various green spaces around the city with dance, music and theater. In the dance department, the offerings include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Coney Island Amphitheater, July 23), Maimouna Keita African Dance Company (Corporal Thompson Park, August 5), Urban Bush Women (Crotona Park , August 12), excerpts from The Jazz Continuum (Marcus Garvey Park, August 19), a tribute to Greg Tate featuring Burnt Sugar/Danz (Marcus Garvey Park, August 20) and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Central Park, August 28). Visit the SummerStage website for details. 
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  • Dance
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  • West Village
Tom Gold, a former soloist with New York City Ballet, has been helming his own neoclassical company since 2008. The group performs the Gold pieces Vision Fugitives and A Felicidades in both of its free pop-up performances at the Play Ground on Little Island this month; the August 1 bill also offers Intimacies and an excerpt from Rapid Oxidation, while the one on August 13 includes Gershwin Preludes and a new work set to music by Erik Satie.
  • Dance
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  • Upper West Side
Five of¬†New York City's leading dance companies‚ÄĒAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre,¬†Ballet Hisp√°nico, Dance Theatre of Harlem and¬†New York City Ballet‚ÄĒperform together in the second annual edition of the BAAND Festival, sharing an outdoor stage at Lincoln Center in¬†a¬†run that consists of¬†five free shows. Each lineup is slightly different, but they all include a performance of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's¬†One for All, a world-premiere commission¬†that features dancers from all five troupes. Admission is free and mostly first-come-first-served, but a limited number of advance reservations are available; the window for making them starts at noon on Monday, August 8.¬†Find out more about advance reservations here.¬†In addition to the evening performances in Damrosch Park, the companies offer educational afternoon workshops throughout the festival, by general admission on a first-come-first-served basis. New York City Ballet: Allegro Brillante | Photograph: Courtesy ‚ÄčErin Baiano‚Äč Here is¬†a full list of the¬†works that are scheduled for¬† each night of the BAAND Festival:Tuesday, August 9:One for All¬†by Annabelle Lopez OchoaAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater:¬†Cry¬†by Alvin AileyBallet Hisp√°nico:¬†Con Brazos Abiertos¬†by Michelle ManzanalesDance Theatre of Harlem:¬†When Love¬†by Helen PickettAmerican Ballet Theatre:¬†Children's Songs Dance¬†by Jessica LangNew York City Ballet:¬†Red Angels¬†by Ulysses Dove Wednesday, August 10:One for All¬†by Annabelle Lopez OchoaBallet Hisp√°ni
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  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
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  • Upper West Side
Choreographer Kyle Abraham and EDM producer-composer Jlin collaborate on an Afrofuturist exploration of death, mourning and rebirth, set to an electronic adaptation of Mozart's Requiem in D minor. Performed by ten dancers from Abraham's dance company, A.I.M, the piece's New York premiere at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater is offered on a "choose-what-you-pay" basis, with tickets available for as little as $5 (though $35 is suggested).
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  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
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  • Battery Park City
The free annual Battery Dance Festival, formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival, takes place outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Park, in front of the sparkling New York Harbor. For its 41st edition this year, it is offering both in-person and streaming options. The lineup includes multiple U.S. or world premieres, and the participating companies include visiting groups from Singapore, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada. The first seven shows are general admission, but reservations are required for the 6pm finale on August 20 (which is held indoors at the Schimmel Center). Here is a full schedule of the artists and companies that will be performing. Visit the festival's website for additional details. Saturday, August 13 (Young Voices in Dance):Sydney Burtis, The DifferenceZachary Seto, Nostalgic Beings of SynesthesiaCamryn and Courtney Spero, DistanceKate Louissaint, Bird’s EyeLerato Ragontse, In Between ChangeAnya Susan, In ConversationMyles King, The Last FoundryShannon Harkins, Dreams and Nightmares of a Mutant People Sunday, August 14:Dancing Wheels Company, Unconquered WarriorsBallet Nepantla, Let Down and Huasteca SuiteLinotip, Diagonal & CainGaudanse, nanibuPeridance Contemporary Dance Company, Just Above the SurfaceThe Vanaver Caravan, Vanaver Caravan Retrospective Dancing Wheels | Photograph: Courtesy Steven Pisano Monday, August 15 (India Independence Day):Lineup to be announced Tuesday, August 16: Christina Carminucci, The Solidarity Series IV: Free Spirit
  • Dance
  • Ballet
  • price 2 of 4
  • Chelsea
The Florida company, which has a special affinity for works by¬†Sir Frederick Ashton, returns to the Joyce with a triple bill. The program includes two Ashton pieces‚ÄĒBirthday Offering¬†(1956) and the once-lost¬†Varii Capricci¬†(1983)‚ÄĒalong with¬†a¬†world premiere¬†by¬†Jessica Lang.
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  • Dance
  • Modern
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  • Rockaways
Rockaway Beach's annual outdoor dance festival returns with¬†another¬†free, sandy offering. This year's¬†edition celebrates the natural-world inspirations of the late Trisha Brown with a program that includes multiple early Brown works‚ÄĒstaged along the shore from Beach 97th Street to Beach 110th Street, with audiences following the dancers from site to site‚ÄĒand concludes with 1980's¬†Opal Loop¬†(1980),¬†the first piece from¬†her¬†Unstable Molecular Structure cycle. An afterparty follows at the¬†Rockaway Hotel. (Beach Sessions and Rockaway Film Festival also present, as a companion piece, a screening of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's long 1976 experimental opera¬†Einstein on the Beach¬†on¬†Friday, August 19, at 7:30pm, at the outdoor Arverne Cinema.)¬†
  • Dance
  • Ballet
  • price 3 of 4
  • Upper West Side
New York City Ballet leaps back to Lincoln Center for a month of shows that are packed with works by company cofounder George Balanchine: 12 of them in all, including two all-Balanchine bills and two that are shared with dances by Jerome Robbins. Also on the lineup are pieces by Alexei Ratmansky and current NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck, plus premieres by Kyle Abraham and Gianna Reisen. The company's current constellation of étoiles comprises Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Harrison Ball, Ashley Bouder, Chun Wai Chan, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Megan Fairchild, Jovani Furlan, Joseph Gordon, Anthony Huxley, Sterling Hyltin, Russell Janzen, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Taylor Stanley, Daniel Ulbricht, Andrew Veyette, Peter Walker and Indiana Woodward.

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