Battery Dance Accepting Applications for Young Voices in Dance

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Battery Dance is now accepting applications for Young Voices in Dance. Applications must be submitted online by April 21, 2024 at

Young Voices in Dance celebrates the next generation of choreographers. The program highlights the intellectual curiosity, innovation, and artistic excellence of youth (AGES 15-22) from around the world. Young Voices in Dance will feature live performances with original works made and danced by youth.

Battery Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, was established by Battery Dance as the Downtown Dance Festival in 1982. It draws in-person audiences of approximately 2,000 people each night from the large downtown population of workers, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area and beyond. The Festival will be livestreamed to our worldwide audiences, reaching thousands of virtual viewers each night.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Battery Dance Festival Manager and a Youth Curatorial Panel. We encourage submissions that have a clear concept or theme, integrate interdisciplinary collaborations, and showcase a unique voice as a choreographer. All styles of dance are eligible to apply. Eligible young choreographers who previously applied for the main Festival earlier this year are welcome to apply again to be considered for Young Voices. Selected pieces will perform at the 43rd Annual Battery Dance Festival at Rockefeller Park in NYC on August 12, 2024.

Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for professional dancers and choreographers in any genre to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum against the backdrop of midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River, and the sunset.

Watch a recap from last year's festival to view the performance space:

* Choreographers must be between 15-22 years of age by August 12, 2024 to apply.
• Individual artists and collectives are welcome to apply. You do not need to be a formal organization to be considered.
• In selecting work for consideration, please be mindful of the outdoor performance situation with minimal supplemental lighting and an audience generally not on risers.
• Performers must be between 15-22 years of age.
• If your proposed work currently exists in-progress, please submit rehearsal footage with your application. Choreographers who are selected for the Festival will be required to send footage of the completed work by June 1. World Premiere performances and NYC debuts/premieres are welcomed and encouraged.
• Each company/artist can submit only one application; however, dancers can perform in more than one work.
• Battery Dance does not cover travel or accommodation expenses.

If you have additional questions, please contact Amy Santos, Festival Manager: [email protected].

Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982 as part of its engagement with its home community of lower Manhattan where it has been based since its founding in 1976. As one of America’s leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date.


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