Discovering Your Next Artistic Crush

2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of our annual Festival series, known for its unique and signature presentation of artists, side by side, that are at varying stages of their careers and representing a diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and gender and sexual orientations. This landmark celebrates those 1,000 plus artists that we have presented in these last two and a half decades.

Since 1996, right after Labor Day, the DANCE NOW Festival has featured today’s most innovative dance makers in showcase format, to reveal the vast terrain of artistic voices – diverse, passionate and highly innovative - that make up the New York City dance community.  The DN Festival, now exclusively at Joe’s Pub since 2011, has become a testing ground for new ideas, directions and work to be developed in our Dance-mopolitan Commissioned and Shared Artist series throughout the year.

The annual DANCE NOW Festival offers a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub. Each year, the festival producers select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in an encore performance. The overall challenge winner receives a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.

 Sketch by Joan Chiverton

The 25th Anniversary Festival 



September 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th

Encores on September 23rd & 24th


Joe's Pub at The Public

Hosted by LMnO3

DANCE NOW NYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization



Photos by Yi-Chun Wu