Battery Dance presents the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival

in association with


Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) 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 draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both professional and emerging dancers and choreographers 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, Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

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Michelle Tabnick Public Relations
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Free Outdoor Performances

August 13 to 18, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00pm

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

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Free Closing Event + Reception

August 19, 2017 | 6:00 to 8:00pm

The Schimmel Center at Pace University
Tickets available August 1st

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*Local Companies were selected by an independent curatorial panel that evaluated applications received. The Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance was curated by the Indo American Arts Council. International Companies were selected by an internal panel at Battery Dance in coordination with international partners.







Directions to the Festival


Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City
20 Battery Place

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The Schimmel Center at Pace University
3 Spruce Street

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