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A Season of Dance for (Almost) Free

Inexpensive dance performances abound this month. Below, a world-class, only–in–New York lineup of talent, with tickets that cost less than a Chinese takeout order.

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Dancing in the Streets
9/17 at 2 and 4; Location TBA
We don’t know where these dances will be—and neither do the choreographers, who are given a location and five days to create a site-specific work. Eiko & Koma (pictured) and Tere O’Connor are among the dance-makers; if past “Dancing in the Streets” work is any guide, the final result will be deeply tied to the city’s fabric.
Cost: Free

Fall for Dance Festival
9/27–10/2; City Center
The All-Star Game of dance: An immense cross-genre festival brings out 30 companies, including the local giants (City Ballet, ABT, Ailey, Paul Taylor, Limón) and a sampling from the rest of the world (from Tania Pérez-Salas’s Mexican Compañia de Danza to Black Grace, a troupe of Pacific Island and Maori dancers).
Cost: $10

Evening Stars
9/14–9/17; Battery Park, State St. at Pearl St.
Familiar music dominates the festival: Momix dances to the Sugar Hill Gang, Doug Elkins Dance Company swoons to Burt Bacharach, and Parsons Dance Company leaps around to George Harrison. (But Merce Cunningham commissioned his own music for his Batteryparkevent.)
Cost: Free

Dancenow/NYC: The Festival
9/7–9/17; Dance Theater Workshop and other venues citywide
This festival devoted to youthful choreographers unfolds in the New York–iest of locations: Latino danza takes place in Washington Heights’ drained Highbridge Park pool, and several troupes cavort in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park amphitheater.
Cost: Free to $25

DancemOpolitan
9/15–9/17; Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
“DancemOpolitan” stirs cabaret into a mix of genres as this program goes into its third season at Joe’s. Renowned choreographer Doug Elkins hosts 27 dance-makers over three nights as they premiere funny, sexy, romantic creations incorporating hip-hop, flamenco, tap, and barefoot steps.
Cost: $15 plus $12 drink minimum


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