30th Annual Battery Dance Company Downtown Dance Festival August 13-20, 2011, is sponsored and organized by the Battery Dance Company. The festival is one of the highlights of the NYC summer dance season in which various U.S. and international dance groups present free outdoor dance performances in lower Manhattan at Battery Park and One New York Plaza. For its 30th year celebrations, evening performances were also given at Dance New Amsterdam theater.
The Battery Dance Company celebrates its 35th Anniversary. It was founded in 1976 in lower Manhattan by Jonathan Hollander, Artistic and Executive Director, and choreographer. The Company continues its mission of enriching the culture of New York and serving as ambassadors of cultural enlightenment worldwide. In addition to its performance schedule, Battery Dance Company dancers reach out to schools and other organizations in efforts to showcase dance to many New Yorkers and those overseas. The Battery Dance Company organizes and hosts the Downtown Dance Festival and has presented over 100 dance companies in its 30 years of sponsoring the festival.