Established by Battery Dance in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival 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. Last year, the Festival drew a combined audience of over 12,000 people.
Professional and emerging dancers and choreographers present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. The Festival 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 Mary Anthony, Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Jane Comfort, David Dorfman, Michelle Dorrance, Andrea Miller, Darrell Moultrie, Jennifer Muller, Elizabeth Streb, and Paul Taylor have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.