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Free Fridays in Bryant Park

One of the best parts about summer in NYC is the abundance of outdoor dance performances—especially when they’re free! Starting next week, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, in collaboration with the non-profit interdisciplinary arts space Inception to Exhibition, presents a series of performances over three consecutive Friday evenings. The shows, which feature an amalgam of well-established and emerging dance companies, all take place on the Bryant Park Stage. And if you’re in town on July 4th, don’t miss the Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh, a sneak-peek showcase of ten companies on their way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Here’s the lowdown of performance details:

Friday, June 13, 6:00–7:30 pm: Elisa Monte Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller/The Works

Friday, June 20, 6:00–7:30 pm: Stephen Petronio Company, NØA Dance, UnderOneDances, The Dash Ensemble

Friday, June 27, 6:00–7:30 pm: TAKE Dance, Steps Repertory Ensemble, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Friday, July 4, 2:00–4:00 pm: Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh featuring Art of Motion, Antara Bhardwaj, Barkin/Selissen Project, Buggé Ballet, Dzul Dance, Michael Mao Dance, Rebecca Stenn Company, Reed Dance, Synthesis Dance, Compagnie Christiane Emmanuel

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