Battery Dance Company performs on the world's stages, teaches, presents, and advocates for the field of dance. Battery Dance Company is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the Arts to everyone. An integral part of the fabric of New York City for 35 years, Battery supports the creative process; educates children in the New York City schools; enriches the general public through local programs and performances, national and international tours, and international arts exchange programs.
Based in Lower Manhattan, Battery Dance Company has produced nearly 100 original dance works choreographed by its founder and artistic director Jonathan Hollander, in collaboration with a diverse array of composers and designers, and its cast of outstanding dancers.
Battery's repertoire reveals a wide thematic and stylistic range. Presented in New York City and on tour in the U.S. and worldwide, Battery performances are characterized by choreography and music inspired by worldwide sources, reflecting American society and its multiplicity of cultures. Musical accompaniment, often commissioned and performed live, is a hallmark of the Company.
The Company is among New York City's foremost cultural ambassadors through its participation in international performing arts festivals, conferences and symposia throughout 50 countries on 5 continents.
The Downtown Dance Festival (DDF) is one of lower Manhattan’s most anticipated cultural events each summer. Initiated in 1982 by Battery Dance Company, the DDF has thrilled audiences in the hundreds of thousands and showcased great dance companies from around the world as well as the best New York City has to offer, all free-of-charge to the public. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and other media outlets have accorded the DDF consistently excellent reviews and lavish features. Battery Dance Company is the leading dance company in lower Manhattan and one of America’s most active cultural diplomats with programs in 54 countries. The DDF is Battery Dance Company’s signature downtown community program and has featured over 200 dance companies ranging in style from classical ballet to post-modern, Indian classical to Afro-Cuban. The Downtown Dance Festival is NYC’s longest-running dance festival.
Festival Dates: Mid-August every year
Outdoors: Battery Park, One New York Plaza, Governors Island, Peter Minuit Square
Indoors: Dance New Amsterdam (280 Broadway, New York NY)
Audience: Financial District office workers, international tourists, families from Battery Park City, Staten Island Ferry commuters. Total number: c.1000 daily
“Amid the Towering Skyscrapers, Unexpected Bursts of Dance… it was a constant pleasure to see how the dancing stopped Chase workers in their tracks, both within the building and outside it, some holding their takeout lunches as they stared”. - New York Times
“…every year I know I’m going to see companies new to me, often from other parts of the world, all playing against memorable settings in southernmost Manhattan.” - New York Times
“All styles are welcome at this wide-ranging festival of free dance organized by Jonathan Hollander of Battery Dance Company.” - The New Yorker
BDC's Dance in Schools programs provide opportunities for the whole school population to experience a live dance performance, as well as receive hands-on training, coaching and mentoring. It often partners with schools to develop programs tailored to the needs of students. Long-term interactive arts-in-education residency projects can be implemented in many cases.