Battery Dance Festival Application FAQ

Frequently Asked Application Questions


-How Do I apply?

Applications are open in December of each year. Please check the Battery Dance website, Facebook and other social media platforms, or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. Applications are only accepted via the online application form.


-When is the deadline for applications? 

February 1st


-How do I submit my materials?

An electronic form will be available on Battery Dance’s website were materials can be sent digitally. Only electronic applications will be accepted.


-What are the dates of the Festival?

The next Festival will take place in mid-August. The dates of the festival will be announced in December.


Can I submit my DVD and other promo materials now?

No, please wait until the application is open and only send us the information that we request in the digital form.


Can I send you a link to our work on Youtube or another video sharing site?

Yes, as part of your application. Please make sure that the link works (and a password is provided if protected) as it is vital for our selection process.


How long are pieces that are presented?

Works presented at the Festival vary in time between 10 minutes and 20 minutes. Works under 10 minutes will not be considered, with the exception of solo works which must be a minimum of 5 minutes.


-What kind of works are most likely to be selected?

The Festival presents works from every type of genre! Please keep in mind that the Festival occurs outdoors and technical resources are limited..i.e. while we have side (and sometimes front) lights, pieces that rely on complex overhead lighting, projections, video, or extensive sets are not well suited.


Can I submit multiple works?

Yes. A maximum of 2 pieces per company applying


The application specifies a 10 minute sample clip—what if my piece is longer?

You can submit a piece of any length to be considered for the Festival.  Due to time constraints during the review process, we are only able to screen 10 minutes of the piece you submit.  If you would like us to watch a specific 10 minute segment of a longer piece, please make a note on your application form, or cue your video accordingly.


-Can I submit a promotional video of my work?

No. Your work sample must be unedited and at least 10 minutes.


I want to perform a new work for the festival/I am in the process of creating a new work that I would like to perform at the Festival.  What should I submit?

If you are in the process of developing a new work, please submit substantial rehearsal footage with notes.


-I missed the deadline, can I still submit?

No, unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are unable to accept late applications.


When will I find out if my work has been selected?

Applications are due February 1st.  After the application process has closed, it takes about 1 month to convene our judging panel and notify you.


How will I be notified about decisions?

Regardless of whether you have been selected or not, we will contact you via the e-mail address listed on your application no later than May.


-Is there a cost involved in the application process?

No, we do not charge you to apply. The application is free!


Is there a stipend for participants?

We are able to offer a small stipend to each participating company.


My dance company is not based in New York.  Can I still apply?

Yes. We love presenting companies from all around the United States!  Please specify in the application form.


If you have any additional questions, contact Natalia Mesa, U.S. Program Manager:


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