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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Free dance shows in NYC
Rockaway Beach's outdoor dance festival, curated by Sasha Okshteyn, returns with a pair of free, sandy double bills. The August 20 edition includes Laurie Berg's The Mineralogy of Objects and Boomerang's Repercussion; the August 27 edition features new work by Netta Yerushalmy and the team of Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. To find the right spot on the beach, take the Far Rockaway–bound A train to Broad Channel and transfer to the S shuttle to Beach 90th St–Holland. Walk down to the beach and then further down to Beach 86th St.Read more
Megan Weaver and Hassan Christopher's dance-theater piece is inspired by dozens of crowdsourced stories about events that take place at tables. It is staged on and around the Two Too Large Tables sculpture in Hudson River Park at 29th Street; the performance is free, but an R.S.V.P. is required.Read more