FYI | Free Dance Offerings in August

Free Dance Offerings in August

Got dance withdrawal? Here are three great dance events happening in August—and they’re free!

For 36 years, the Battery Dance Festival has presented dance companies such as Sankofa Danza Afro in free outdoor performances.
Photo by Darial Sneed

New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, the annual Battery Dance Festival, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. August 13 through 18 at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Manhattan’s Battery Park City. Performers include the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, the Martha Graham School, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and companies from Belgium, Spain, Botswana, and the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit

Sokeo Ros, a hip-hop artist born in a Cambodian refugee camp, and Case Closed!, his Rhode Island-based crew of young urban street dancers, transform their personal struggles into artistic expression with The stage is yours, a family-friendly performance presented as part of The Yard’s summer arts season. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. August 11 at the Patricia Nanon Theatre, Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Visit for more information.

The artwork of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park will again serve as choreographic inspiration for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s second Summer at SAM: Sculptured Dance performance. Four local choreographers will present their site-specific works from 5 to 8 p.m. August 31 in the park, located at 2901 Western Avenue on Seattle’s waterfront. For more information, visit