DanceNOW Joe's Pub

Our thirteenth year partnership with Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater has encouraged hundreds of dance innovators to challenge their craft by exploring new and unprecedented creative paths, often pursuing the most audacious of their artistic dreams, to design work for the intimacy of New York City’s ‘best tiny stage.’ Unveiling a treasure trove of critically acclaimed works, including Doug Elkins’ Fraulein Maria, David Parker’s ShowDown and Misters and Sisters, Nicholas Leichter’s The Whiz, Kyle Abraham’s Heartbreaks and Homies, Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walter’s Alley of the Dolls, Take Dance's Somewhere Familiar Melodies, Adam Barruch's My Name is Adam and most recently Parker’s new, Head Over Heels, Joe’s Pub has become an unparalleled resource for the development of new work, and DANCENOW’s home base. Despite the 9- by 11-foot stage, audiences can expect risk-taking and surprise, as well as extraordinary dancing and magical experiences.


Each fall, right after Labor Day, the DANCENOW JOE'S PUB FESTIVAL features bite-size choreographic gems from 40 of today’s most innovative dance makers to reveal the vast terrain of artistic voices – diverse, passionate and highly innovative - that make up the New York City dance community.

Continuing our signature format of presenting generations of artists side-by-side, ranging from young innovators to maturing performers, the DANCENOW JOE'S PUB FESTIVAL has become a testing ground for new ideas, directions and work to be developed in our DANCENOW JOE'S PUB Featured Artist series throughout the year. 






The DANCENOW JOE'S PUB FESTIVAL offers a ‘challenge initiative’, asking festival participants to take the DANCENOW ‘less is more’ mantra to heart and create a five-minute choreographic gem specific to the intimacy and limitations of Joe’s Pub.  Each fall, during the FESTIVAL the artist and work that best meets the DANCENOW Challenge to create a concise, clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less receives a $1,500 development fee and a free week-long residency at DANCENOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Pennsylvania.


Festival audiences will have a chance to partcipate in the creative process. Each evening, audience members will select the artist that best meets the DANCENOW Challenge. These artists will each receive a free and week-long creative development residency at Silo.

All work presented in the DANCENOW Joe’s Pub will be considered for future development in DanceNOW Joe’s Pub’s Dancemopolitan Series.



Mark Dendy Projects 

NEWYORKnewyork @Astor Place

Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place  by Yi-Chun Wu


May 6, 7, 8 at 7pm, May 9 at 7pm and 9pm, 2015

Written and Directed by Mark Dendy 
Choreographed by Mark Dendy in collaboration with the performers
Performed by Christopher Bell, Dante Brown, Leslie Cuyjet, Mark Dendy, Stephen Donovan,
Abigail Levine, Alice Klugherz and Mei Yamanaka
Lighting Designer Lauren Parrish
Video, Costumes and Props by Stephen Donovan

Abigail Levine and Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place  by Yi-Chun Wu


Mark Dendy’s new dance-theater work, NewYorknewyork @Astor Place, mines the rich history of the Public Theater building, the original Astor Library, whose collection eventually made up the lion’s share of the New York Public Library’s holdings. The stage at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater becomes a portal through which we meet a shape-shifting cast of time travelers, habitués from past and present Astor Place and the surrounding area. The piece explores race relations and violence, the never-ending conflict between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, the role of tabloid news now and then, and a meditation on the book itself though dance and text.
Dendy hosts the evening as William B. Astor, heir to one of America’s first millionaires John Jacob Astor. Along the way we meet a writer, a reporter, a real estate agent and her clients, a male stripper, a freed slave, an East Village ‘80s punk, a disgruntled Irishman, and a book-burning preacher.

Abigail Levine , Leslie Cuyjet, Christopher Bell and Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place by Yi-Chun Wu

Tickets for NewYorknewyork @ Astor Place 

On Sale NOW!
$15 in advance
$20 at the door

The Public Theater box office from 1pm to 6pm

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, New York City
(between East 4th Street and Astor Place)

N/R trains to 8th Street/NYU or 6 train to Astor Place

2Oth ANNIVERSARY Celebration

The DANCENOW Festival

Featuring 50 Artists Presented in the Festival

Over the Past 2O Years


Brian Brooks performing throughout the streets of NYC during The Festival in our first decade!
Image Courtesy of the Soho Arts Festival


48 Choreographic Gems  

Four Evenings of Extraordinary Artistry



September 9

Hosted by

THE FEATH3R THEORY / Raja Feather Kelly

& B.S.MOVEMENT / Bryan Strimpel and Shaina Branfman

September 10

Hosted by

Deborah Lohse as TruDEE with Mark Gindick

September 11

Hosted by

Nicole Wolcott with Larry Keigwin from Keigwin +Company

September 12

Hosted by Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan


Honoring 2O Years 

of Amazing Artists and Artistry!

Aszure Barton* 2003

Tricia Brouk*1997

Jane Comfort and Company*1998

Mark Dendy Projects*1999

Aaron Drapor/Banana Peel Dance *2005   

Doug Elkins Choreography*1998

Lawrence Golhuber/BIGMANARTS*1997


RG Dance Projects-Rubén Graciani*2012

binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga&Rie Fukuzawa*1998

Happy Hour Clowns*2005

Sara Hook*1994

Jordan Isadore*2011

Jamal Jackson Dance Company*2009

WKcollective/Wanjiru Kamuyu*2005

Ali Kenner Brodsky*1999

Heidi Latsky Dance*1995

Cleo Mack Dance Projects*2001

Cori Marquis*2011

Lohse + Marquis + Oakley* 2014

Paul Matteson*2000

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists* 2005

Donnell Oakley*2012



Claire Porter/PORTABLES*1995

Skybetter & Associates*2008

Amber Sloan*2002

Jessy Smith*2006

Gus Solomons jr*1997

Take Dance*2010

The Bang Group*1995

Kathy Wildberger Dances*1995 

Megan Williams

Ellis Wood Dance*2002

Yin Yue Dance*2007


The full lineup and programming will be announced in May. Tickets Go On Sale in May!
(*with date designates first year presented by DANCENOW)


Producers Picks ENCORE!

Thurs Sept 24th at 7pm


John Heginbotham performing his version of 'Chicago' at The MAIN EVENT at Cooper Union's Great Hall in 1999during The Festival.  Image by Michael Dames.

DANCENOWNYC is Produced by

Directors Robin Staff, Sydney Skybetter, and Tamara Greenfield.

Evolving over the past two decades, from a small festival series to four distinct programs, from NYC to Pennsylvania, DANCENOW presents young innovators and emerging and maturing artists, side by side, building relationships at varying stages of development and providing comprehensive assistance to advance creativity and new career paths. DANCENOW Joe's Pub challenges artists to investigate new directions. DANCENOW Raw funnels new artists into our programs.  DANCENOW Silo and DANCENOW SteelStacks provide paid teaching, residencies, and commissioning and performing opportunities through partnerships with DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Valley Charter School and ArtsQuest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.

DANCENOW’s programming at Joe’s Pub has defied the standard and encouraged artists to think outside the box and utilize the unique space, creating an inspiring new platform for dance. In the last decade, DANCENOW has produced numerous critically acclaimed works at Joe’s Pub including Doug Elkins’ Fräulein Maria, David Parker’s ShowDown, Misters and Sisters and Head Over Heels, Nicholas Leichter’s The Whiz and 20/20, Kyle Abraham’s Heartbreaks and Homies, Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walters’ Alley of the Dolls, Camille Brown’s One Second Past the Future, Monica Bill Barnes’ Snow Globes, Takehiro Ueyama’s Somewhere Familiar Melodies, and Claire Porter’s Sent-ence.

DANCENOWNYC is supported, in part, with funds from the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The National Endowment for the Arts.


2014 DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival Video