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Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

For its 36th year, the annual Battery Dance Festival brings free performances to the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City.

Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Robert Battle and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

This year’s featured artists include:
Amy Marshall Dance Company
Ariel Rivka Dance
Ballet Inc.
Battery Dance
Buglisi Dance Theatre
Erv Works Dance
Fadi J. Khoury’s FJK Dance
Janis Brenner
Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
Martha Graham School
Maxine Steinman & Dancers
Nadine Bommer Dance Company
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
SLK Ballet
SYnC Dance Company
Tina Croll
The Movement Playground
Trainor Dance
Trezon Dancy
Wilder Project
IAAC Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (August 15)

International Companies:
Bollylicious (Belgium)
Cia. Elías Aguirre (Spain)
Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswana)