©2019 DANCE NOW NYC. Photos by Yi-Chun Wu.


Now in its tenth year, DANCE NOW Raw provides emerging artists with a platform to show new work in a casual and supportive setting. Our partnership with Joe's Pub at The Public enables us to use the pub stage during the daytime, mimicking the DANCE NOW Festival atmosphere.  Selected artists have the opportunity to show a short work, receive feedback from some of New York's most influential artists and curators, and network with the community.  Additionally, the artists may be selected to perform at The DANCE NOW Festival, or through our partners at DANCE NOW Boston and Arts on Site.

One third of the hundreds of artists presented in DANCENOW mainstage productions got their start through Raw, a testament to the program's success in locating, cultivating, and promoting emerging talent. Some recent artists to graduate from Raw to mainstage programming include Brendan Drake, Mana Kawamura, Jamal Jackson, Khaleah London, Iain Rowe, Luke Murphy, Loni Landon, Marjani Forte, Yin Yue, SNIC, Benjamin Kimitch, Adam Barruch, MadBOOTS and Sara du Jour, among illustrious others.


The next RAW series will be in April 2020 at Joe's Pub.