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.


*We strongly encourage that all in-person audience members wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.


Time & Location 

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

Online: Watch here at 7pm https://youtu.be/PT7m7GA7Nzo

The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 28th.

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Od:yssey | NYC Premiere

Disabled choreographer Marc Brew was commissioned by Dancing Wheels Company of Cleveland, 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.

Choreographer: Marc Brew in collaboration with the dancers
Performers: Kody Crouse, Celina Speck, Craig Sams, Marissa Thomas, Mary Verdi Fletcher, Matthew Bowman, Morgan Walker, Sara Lawrence-Sucato
Music and Composer: Òlafur Amalds
Costume Design: Janet Bolick

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.”



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.


Artistic Director: Will Ervin Jr.
Choreographer: Will Ervin Jr.
Performer: Zaki Marshall
Music and Composer: Philip Glass – String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”, VI
Costume Design: Will Ervin Jr.

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.



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.


Artistic Director: Demi Remick
Choreographer: Demi Remick
Performers: Demi Remick, Sydney Burtis, Dario Natarelli
Music and Composer: “The Trolley Song” by Judy Garland & The MGM Studio Chorus, “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” by Eileen Barton, “Taking a Chance on Love” by Eileen Barton, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Doris Day, “Honeysuckle Rose” by Ella Fitzgerald, “I’m Gonna Live Until I Die” by Eileen Barton
Costume Design: Demi Remick

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 her piece On the Waterfront, a tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein, the composer of the film score for which the piece is named.


Choreographer: Morgan McEwen
Performers: Antuan Byers, David Hochberg, Ayaka Kamei, Weston Krukow, Xiaoxiao Cao, Jesus Pacheco, Amy Saunder, and Emily Speed
Music and Composer: On The Waterfront – Leonard Berstein
Costume Design: Morgan McEwen and Carolyn Prince

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.”




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.


Choreographer: Robin Cantrell
Performers: Sean Scantlebury, Sara Seger, Sarah Housepian, Razvan Stoian, Jill Linkowski, Vive Khamsingsavath
Alexis Gideon

Costumes: Christine Darch

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.



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.


Choreographer: William Byram
Performers: McCall Atkinson, Tim Bosco, Kars Dodds, Aimee Grumbach, Payge Lecakes, Raechelle Mae, Shota Miyoshi, Solange Rodrigues, Kanon Sugino, Georgia Taylor
Music and Composer: “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Alan Block & Donn Hecht, “Sweet Dreams” by Don Gibson, “Strange” by Mel Tillis & Fred Burch, “Three Cigarettes in An Ashtray” by W. Stevenson & Eddie Miller, “Gotta Lot of Rhythm in My Soul” by W. Stevenson & Barbara A. Vaughan; all songs performed by Patsy Cline
Costume Design: William Byram and Melody Byram

About the Company

William Byram graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, where was the recipient of the 2020 Bert Terborgh Award in Dance for his leadership, passion, vision, and spirit for art and creativity in dance His choreography credits include Purchase Cares: Dancers Responding to AIDS, Marigny Opera House, JCE Jazz Dance Project 2021 and Purchase Opera’s award-winning production of Dido & Aeneas. He received the 2021 Fulbright Trinity Laban Award in Dance to pursue an MFA in Choreography in the United Kingdom.