Battery Dance presents the 37th 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 12,000 people.

The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding 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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Free Opening Night Outdoor Movie

Moving Stories (see trailer)

August 11, 2018

8:00 – 9:30pm

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

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Free Outdoor Performances

August 12 to 17, 2018

7:00 – 9:00pm

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

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Free Indoor Closing Event

August 18, 2018

6:00 – 8:00pm

The Schimmel Center

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All Workshops Take Place at Battery Dance Studios – 380 Broadway, 5th Fl.

August 12 – 1:30PM -3PM – Battery Dance | USA

August 13 – 10:30AM – 12PM – Iker Karrera Dance Company | Spain

August 14 – 10:30AM – 12PM – Paranoyak Crew | Gabon

August 14 – 12:30PM – 2PM – Sandip Mallick | India

August 15 – 10:30AM – 12PM – Citadel + Compagnie | Canada

August 16 – 10:30AM – 12PM – Mophato Dance Theatre | Botswana 

August 17 – 10:30AM – 12PM – Skopje Dance Theater | Macedonia 

Reserve Your Spot

limited space available

Local Companies

Ariel Rivka Dance

Asya Zlatina and Dancers | Pennsylvania 

AThomas Project

Ballet Nepantla

Battery Dance

Caterina Rago Dance Company


Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

Douglas Dunn + Dancers


Jamal Jackson Dance Company

JOIN Ensemble

Martha Graham School

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

Caterina Rago Dance Company


*Local Companies were selected by an independent curatorial panel that evaluated applications received through an open and free online application process. KATHAK! day of Indian dance was curated by Jonathan Hollander and Rajika Puri. International Companies were selected by an internal panel at Battery Dance in coordination with international partners.


Rajika Puri, Sutradhar (Narrator) | NYC

Anuj Mishra, Kantika Mishra, and Neha Singh | Lucknow, India

Parul Shah Dance Company | NYC

Piyush Chauhan and Preeti Sharma | Delhi, India

Sandip Mallick | Kolkata, India

Anuj Mishra & Kantika Mishra

International Companies

Citadel + Compagnie | Canada

Damir Tasmagambetov | Kazakhstan

Iker Karrera | Spain 

Mophato Dance Theater | Botswana

Paranoyak Crew | Gabon

Skopje Dance Theater | Macedonia 

Skopje Dance Theater

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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Banner image photo credit: Darial Sneed of Ballet Inc. at the 2017 Battery Dance Festival