AUG 18 | In-Person & Livestreamed 


Moving on wheels, tap shoes, bare feet, and pointe shoes, dancers from across the country grace the stage at Wagner Park.


In a Festival first, an integrated company of professional disabled and non-disabled dancers joins the roster that also includes 5 premieres. Battery Dance unveils its newest work by long-time company member Robin Cantrell to a commissioned score.


Thank you to our independent Curatorial Panel for shaping the program from over 240 applications. See detailed program information below.

Time & Location 

In-person: 7pm EDT at Robert F. Wagner Park. Click here for directions.

Online: The link for the 7pm live-stream will be posted here the day of the event. The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 28th.

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The Liminal Year | World Premiere

Following a 12-year tenure as a Battery Dance company member, Robin Cantrell returns as choreographer for this commissioned work that tells the story of New York during the pandemic, set to a specially composed score by Alexis Gideon.


About the Company

Battery Dance was founded in 1976 in New York City’s Financial District by choreographer Jonathan Hollander, a Fulbright Lecturer and former professional dancer. The Company has since earned critical accolades for its exquisite choreography and virtuosic dancers, while becoming a leader in social activism at home and abroad. Battery Dance developed ‘Dancing to Connect’ in 2006, an arts education program that puts the tools of choreography into the hands of young people with or without prior dance training. Since then, 300,000 students in NYC public high schools and students in 60 countries around the world have benefited from this training.


Od:yssey | NYC Premiere

Disabled choreographer Marc Brew was commissioned by Dancing Wheels Company of Columbus, Ohio, for “Reverse * Reboot * Reveal,” a landmark concert for which disabled choreographers were selected to create for the company in 2019. The Company makes its Battery Dance Festival stage debut after being featured in the Virtual Festival last season.


About the Company

The Dancing Wheels Company is an integrated company of professional dancers with and without disabilities (including wheelchair dancers). To date, the Dancing Wheels Company’s inspirational mission has touched over 5.5 million people through performances, school assemblies, residencies and workshops. Millions more have enjoyed their artistry via appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, and the TV special “Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope.”


Radio Days | World Premiere

A collection of tap dance vignettes embodies the nostalgia of an earlier time. Like the musical artists of the day, we strive to articulate the human experience through inciting optimism. Just for a moment, this series puts the myriad of emotions on pause, and invites us back.


About the Company

Demi Remick & Dancers is a NYC-based tap dance company founded by dancer and choreographer, Demi Remick. The company explores the infinite possibilities of music, movement, and nostalgia in united conversation. We aim to honor America’s rich music and dance traditions by dancing the history of those who came before us. By embracing tap dance, jazz dance, theatricality, improvisation, and the unique personalities of the dancers, each piece will invite you to step back into the past through the lens of tap dance.


On The Waterfront

Choreographer Morgan McEwen highlights the symbiotic relationship between dance and music in this tribute to Leonard Bernstein, composer of the film score for which the piece is named.


About the Company

In January 2013, with less than one-third of US ballet companies being led by females, Morgan McEwen launched MorDance. The company’s mission is to embody excellence in the performing arts through the creation of new works, live performances, and outreach that empowers at-risk youth. MorDance has received a 2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency and Kaatsbaan Upstream Residency. The New York Times hails MorDance as a “crisp” and “clean” dance maker with “an eye for shaping the arc of a dance as carefully as the transitions and details within it.”



Donor | World Premiere

The name of the game is loss: loss of loved ones, loss of love, loss of opportunity, and loss of self. The piece maintains its identity in the in-between spaces of loss. Donor is about seeing the world around you without being able to interact with it or yourself, fighting to regain self-awareness, and navigating heartbreak.


About the Artist

William Ervin earned a BFA from Montclair State (2017) and MFA from the University of Illinois (2020). Ervin presented choreography at Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, the Krannert Center, Battery Dance Festival, and was a semifinalist in Jacob’s Pillows Chance to Dance contest. Since 2020, he’s interned with American Ballet Theatre’s Major Gifts Department and performed his own choreography at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Digital Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Brooklyn Center for the Arts, and more.


Honky Tonk Angels | NYC Premiere

What happens after midnight in the shadows of a dodgy alley or a small café? Set to the music of Patsy Cline, imbued with themes of forbidden love and the anxiety of time, the complex nature of relationships unfolds.


About the Company

William Byram recently graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. His choreography credits include Purchase Cares: Dancers Responding to AIDS, Marigny Opera House, JCE Jazz Dance Project 2021 and regional opera productions. William is the recipient of the 2020 Bert Terborgh Award in Dance for his leadership, passion, vision and spirit for art and creativity in dance, is currently a resident guest artist at Savannah Ballet Theatre and a Fulbright United States-United Kingdom Semi- Finalist for Dance.