Battery Dance presents the 36th 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 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 + Pre-Show Champagne Toast (“SOLD OUT”)

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

The Schimmel Center at Pace University

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10:30AM – 12:PM @ Battery Dance Studios – 380 Broadway, 5th Fl. *

August 14: Battery Dance – USA

August 15: Co. Nacional De Danza Contemporanea De Republica Dominicana – Dominican Republic

August 16: Cía. Elías Aguirre – Spain

August 17: Bollylicious – Belgium

August 18: Mophato Dance Theatre – Botswana

*Limited Space Available – RSVP Required.

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Local Companies

Akerman/Jansen {World Premiere}

Amy Marshall Dance Company

Ariel Rivka Dance

Ballet Inc. {World Premiere}

Battery Dance

Buglisi Dance Theatre

Fadi J. Khoury Dance

Janis Brenner & Dancers

Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)

Martha Graham School {World Premiere}

Maxine Steinman & Dancers

Nadine Bommer Dance Company

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company 

SLK Ballet {World Premiere}

SYnC Dance Company {U.S. Premiere}

Tina Croll + Company

The Movement Playground

Trainor Dance {World Premiere}

Trezon Dancy

Wilder Project

Martha Graham School – Darial Sneed

Trainor Dance – Darial Sneed

*Local Companies are selected by an independent curatorial panel that evaluated 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.

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran | Chennai, India

Sruthi Mohan | Bangalore, India

Dimple Saikia | Gauhati, India

Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja | California

Kalamandir Dance Company | New Jersey

Kalanidhi Dance Company | Maryland

Kalamindir Dance Company – still from TRIBE

International Companies

Bollylicious | Belgium {U.S. Debut}

Cia. Elías Aguirre | Spain {U.S. Premiere}

Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana | Dominican Republic {NY Premiere}

Danuka Ariyawansa and Behri Drums & Dance Ensemble | Sri Lanka {World Premiere}

Mophato Dance Theatre | Botswana {U.S. Debut}

Companía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de Republica Dominicana – Irmgard Caroline Becker

Mophato Dance Theatre – Thalefang Charles



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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