Battery Dance presents the 35th Annual Battery Dance Festival

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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 10,000 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 Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.

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Free Outdoor Performances

August 14 to 19, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

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Free Closing Event + Reception

August 20, 2016 | 6:00 to 8:30pm

The Schimmel Center at Pace University

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All workshops are from 10:30am – 12pm at Battery Dance Studios at 380 Broadway, 5th Floor. Workshops are open for all dance levels. Space is limited.

August 15: Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project – Istanbul, Turkey

August 16: Razvan Stoian – Bucharest, Romania

August 18: Battery Dance – New York, USA

August 19: SEAD Company Bodhi Project – Salzburg, Austria

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Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

Avijit Das | Bangalore, India

Carolina Prada | New Delhi, India

Pt. Krishan Mohan Mishra | New Delhi, India

Surabhi Bharadwaj | San Francisco

Sooraj Subramaniam | Gent, Belgium

Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts | Mumbai, India


Avijit Das


International Companies

Razvan Stoian | Bucharest, Romania (World Premiere)

SEAD Company Bodhi Project | Salzburg, Austria (U.S. Debut)

Unnath H.R. | Hassan, India

Y + Y Dance | Munich, Germany (U.S. Debut)

Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project | Istanbul, Turkey (U.S. Premiere)


SEAD Company Bodhi Project, Photo Bernhard Müller

*Local Companies are selected by an independent curatorial panel that evaluates applications received. The Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is curated by the Indo American Arts Council. International Companies are 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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For Stays Between August 12 and 22.

Book Online by August 9th!

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or call (212) 791-2900 and use code: BDG



NY Waterway offers fast, frequent ferry service to Manhattan with FREE connecting shuttles in Midtown.

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The 2016 Festival is supported by


Lead Sponsor

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Hospitality Sponsor






Romanian Cultural Institute

NYC Council


Goldman Sachs