Since you’ll be in the area checking out the Art Festival anyway, you may as well grab some tickets for the adjacent Dumbo Dance Festival happening that same weekend. More than 80 companies with over 400 dancers ensure that there’s something for every dance craving, whether it’s a familiar standard or neo-modern. There are even outdoor performances on the waterfront on Sunday afternoon. The festival includes works by the Da-Da-Dance Project, Hattie Mae Williams & the Tattooed Ballerinas, Ayo Janeen Jackson/les libertines, Reidel Dance Theater, and hosts White Wave Dance Company.
The NY City Center is hosting its annual Fall for Dance Festival September 17 to 27, offering performances, (free!) dance lessons and panel discussions. Tickets are $10 for any performance, and the schedule includes companies from all across the globe, such as The National Ballet of Canada, BeijingDance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Madhavi Mudgal and Hofesh Shechter Company. The public atrium offers DJs, drink specials and live video feed of the performances on the main stage, free of charge and without need for reservations.
If you’d prefer a more active role in your dance experience and want to help raise funds for the Gay & Lesbian Big Apple Corps, grab your partner and check out The Big Apple Ranch’s Back-to-School Dance, taking place on September 13. There are lessons in two-step and line dance earlier in the evening, followed by open dancing. There’s also a special performance by The Manhattan Prairie Dogs, the official dance team of the Ranch, which is sure to be a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time with a combination of country-western camp and costumes.