After work last night, Jess and I met up in Battery Park, keeping our fingers crossed the rain would hold off.
We weren’t there by happenstance. Rather, we were attending the 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival.
If you’ve never heard of it before, the Battery Dance Festival is a week-long dance festival, held every year in New York City. There are free outdoor performances each night, featuring dance companies from the United States and around the world.
Despite the few drops of rain, everyone settled in at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park area and eagerly awaited the evening’s dance performances.
Ashlé Dawson / Breaking Conformity Production (United States) performed a dance that was a political commentary on topics such as immigration and war, made even more powerful with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island looming in the background.
Then Laboration Art Company (France) performed a stunning duet as sailboats crossed in the water behind them. It was my favorite piece of the evening!
Then Janice Rosario & Company (United States) took the stage, also presenting a duet, but this time with men.
Next was one of my favorite performances of the evening, danced by Buglisi Dance Theatre (United States).
For a brief moment the sky cleared, giving the dancers a beautiful backdrop of sunset colors.
Next up was a coed duet by NVA & Guests (Switzerland).
Followed by a duet performed by YYDC (United States).
The performances were all so well done, and I was impressed with the talent! The show was so incredible that I had to keep reminding myself that it was free and open to the public!
And the best part is that each night features different dance companies, so you can go every night and not get bored!
And the even better part is that the Battery Dance Festival isn’t over! You can see outdoor performances tonight through Friday (August 14-16th) from 7-9pm in Battery Park’s Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park. Then at 9pm each night, you can join in the fun with an interactive dance experience led by one of the dance troupes that performed that evening.
There’s also an indoor closing event on Saturday (August 17th) from 6-8pm in the Schimmel Center at Pace University. You’ll need to reserve tickets for the indoor event, but they’re only $10. You can reserve them here.
If you’d rather do than see, you can also take advantage of the free dance workshops at Battery Dance Studios (380 Broadway, 5th Floor). These take place from 10:30am-noon every morning from now through Friday (August 16th). On Saturday (August 17th) there are two workshops, one from 10:30am-noon and one from 1:30-3pm. You can reserve your spot at the free workshops here. My friend Nicole did the Sunday workshop and absolutely loved it!
For further details on the Battery Dance Festival, and to view the full schedule, click here.
If you’re a dancer, a former dancer, a lover of dance, or just a lover of free outdoor shows, then you don’t want to miss the Battery Dance Festival!