5 Free Dance Events on Our Radar This Month

5 Free Dance Events on Our Radar This Month

Free outdoor dance performances abound in the summer in New York City, and the month of August is no exception. Here are five dance events worth checking out in the next few weeks.

A.I.M. and Movement of the People
SummerStage, Central Park
August 1, 8 p.m.

Modern dance company Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M) performs interdisciplinary work that emphasizes sound and visual elements, and grapples with human identity and history. The evening also includes a performance by Movement of the People, a dance-theater company that looks at historic and current socio-political injustices through the lens of dance.

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
August 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem marks its 50th anniversary this year and in a nod to its deeply felt legacy, the company will perform an evening signature work at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival at Damrosch Park.

INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival
East River waterfront, Long Island City, Queens
August 4-5, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

The INSITU dance festival offers a series of site-specific performances at various parks along the East River in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. The program features 20 new works selected from some 200 applicants from around the world and created specifically for the event. Performances will take place over the course of two days in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park.

Battery Dance Festival
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City
August 12-17

The 2018 Battery Dance Festival, now in its 37th year, offers seven days of free performances in downtown Manhattan. The program features 25 companies hailing from eight countries, including Mophato Dance Theater of Botswana, Iker Karrera Dance Company of Spain and Damir Tasmagambetov of Kazakhstan. Local companies include Ariel Rivka Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Jamal Jackson Dance Company and, of course, Battery Dance.

Notra Maar’s Dance at Socrates
Socrates Sculpture Park
August 11, 18, 25, 4 p.m.
The nonprofit arts organization Notra Maar, which creates and presents cross-disciplinary art and performances, brings choreographers and their companies to the Queens waterfront park for three Saturday afternoon performances and several week-long residencies.

Top Image: Courtesy of Darial Sneed of Ballet Inc. at the 2017 Battery Dance Festival