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. 



2Oth Anniversary Celebration!


To APPLY, go to DANCENOW’s NYCharities Page and make a $12.00 payment for each piece you want to submit an application for. Then, fill out this application. If you have any questions at any point in the process, please contact Producer Sydney Skybetter, at






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.



The 20th Anniversary Season of DANCENOW

2015 Dancemopolitan Commissioned Artist Series presents

Mark Dendy Project's  "New York, New York"

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



2014 Joe's Pub Festival Video