Apply – Young Voices in Dance

Thank you for your interest in Battery Dance Festival’s Young Voice in Dance program. Please read the following information carefully before submitting your application. All applications must be submitted using the online form below by April 21, 2024, 11:59pm EDT. 


About the Festival:

Battery Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, was established by Battery Dance as the Downtown Dance Festival in 1982.  It draws in-person audiences of approximately 2,000 people each night from the large downtown population of workers, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area and beyond. The Festival will be livestreamed to our worldwide audiences, reaching thousands of international viewers each night.

Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for professional dancers and choreographers in any genre to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum against the backdrop of the Hudson River at sunset.

Young Voices in Dance celebrates the next generation of choreographers. The program highlights the intellectual curiosity, innovation, and artistic excellence of youth (AGES 15-22) from around the world. Young Voices in Dance will feature live performances with original works made and danced by youth.

Important Information:

-Choreographers must be between 15-22 years of age by Aug 12th, 2024 to apply.

-Individual artists and collectives are welcome to apply. You do not need to be a formal organization to be considered.

-Duration of group works (2 or more dancers) should be between 10-15 minutes. The duration of solo works should be approximately 5 minutes. In selecting work for consideration, please be mindful of the outdoor performance situation with minimal supplemental lighting and an audience generally not on risers.

-Performers must be between 15-22 years of age.

-If your proposed work currently exists in-progress, please submit rehearsal footage with your application. Choreographers who are selected for the Festival will be required to send footage of the completed work by June 1.

-Each company/artist can submit only one application; however, dancers can perform in more than one work.

-Battery Dance does not cover travel or accommodation expenses.


Please note that the application cannot be saved and must be completed in one session. We highly recommend that, prior to online submission, you read through and prepare your application using the following: 2024 Young Voices in Dance Application. Direct all questions to Festival Manager Amy Santos, amy@batterydance.org