Battery Dance Now Accepting Applications for New Program, Young Voices in Dance

Battery Dance is now accepting applications for Young Voices in Dance. Applications must be submitted online by June 1, 2021.


Young Voices in Dance, Battery Dance Festival’s newest addition, 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 encourages 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. Selected pieces will perform at the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in NYC on August 16, 2021. If you are unable to travel to NYC and would like to submit a virtual dance film, the top dance film selections will be streamed as bonus content during the Festival. 


Choreographers must be between 15-22 years of age by Aug 16th, 2021 to apply. Individual artists and collectives are welcome to apply. You do not need to be a formal organization to be considered.


Dance films, filmed works created or re-created in the audience free theaters or alternative spaces will be considered as bonus content for the festival.


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 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.


Watch recaps from the past two festivals to view the performance space:


2020 Festival:

2019 Festival:


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