Close out the summer days of dance performances outside with The Little Island Dance Festival curated by artist-in-residence Ayodele Casel and co-curator Torya Beard, Sept. 15 – 19. The line-up includes Aaron Mattocks; The Afro-Latineers; Andre Imanishi; Barkha Patel; Brinae Ali & Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spells Brinda Guha; Crystal Monee Hall; Danni Gee; Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance; Evidence, A Dance Company; House of Xtravaganza; Jared Alexander Sprague; Leo Manzari; Leonardo Sandoval & Music from the Sole; Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy; Michela Marino Lerman’s LOVE MOVEMENT; Michiyaya Dance, Morgan James and Doug Wamble; MOVE|NYC|; Paradise Drummers; Rokafella; It’s Showtime NYC; Ted Louis Levy; Tomoe Carr; and more. Also on this engaging program is a celebration of National Dance Day, September 18th, with the premiere of new work by four choreographers tapped by Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard and will culminate with a showcase of young and mature dancers and conversations. For more information visit www. https://littleisland.org/dance-festival/

ALSO THIS MONTH:

(In-Person) Sept. 11––Eiko Otake will perform at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City by the Hudson River, directly west of where the Twin Towers once stood. This free public event will be presented in partnership with NYU Skirball, Battery Park City Authority, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). RSVP required. For more information visit www.nyuskirball.org

(In-Person & Virtual) Sept. 11––Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC honors the 20th year since the events of 9/11 with a livestreamed performance of the Table of Silence Project 9/11. Conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, artistic director of Buglisi Dance Theatre, the artistic collaborators for this year’s reimagined program are Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese Capucilli, and videographer Nel Shelby. For more information visit www.lincolncenter.org

(In-Person) Sept. 12––Kayla Farrish and Melanie Charles come together as part of four/four presents’ Open Air collaboration series bringing choreographers, dancers and musicians together at Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick in Brooklyn. For more information visit www.fourfourpresents.com

(In-Person & Virtual) Sept. – Nov. 16––The Hemispheric Institute at New York University and BAAD! will present “Naked Vanguard: The Arthur Avilés Archive in Motion”—a series of conversations and performances. For more information visit www.hemisphericinstitute.org

(In-Person) Sept. 16 – 17––Miro Maglorie’s New Chamber Ballet will premiere “Musik” “…a major new work that integrates ballet, song, and chamber music, performed by four dancers and four singers,” notes the release. Performances will be held at the Mark Morris Dance Center. For more information visit www.newchamberballet.com

(In-Person) Sept. 17-18––Presented by the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, The Making Moves Dance Festival returns with works by Ranardo-Domeico Grays with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and Patrick Coker and many more. For more information visit www.jcal.org

(In-Person) Sept. 19––The American Tap Dance Foundation will hold this year’s Duke Ellington’s Birthday Celebration at the Duke Ellington Statue in Harlem with performances by The Duke Ellington Center Big Band and a host of musicians, dancers and vocalists. For more information visit www.atdf.org

(Virtual) Sept. 20 – The Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Merce Cunningham Trust launches the new season with “In Conversation with Merce,” filmed at BAC’s John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio and featuring solos and duets from Cunningham’s Landrover, danced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre company members Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris, plus includes world premieres by Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring. The program will stream until Sept. 30. For more information visit www.bacnyc.org

(In-Person) Sept. 21––Rena Butler and Moor Mother come together as part of four/four presents’ Open Air collaboration series bringing choreographers, dancers and musicians together at Brooklyn Bridge Park. For more information visit www.fourfourpresents.com

(In-Person) Sept. 25––Danspace Project opens the fall season with “A Ritual of Return: a free outdoor gathering” in the Gardens at St. Mark’s Church with offerings by artists devynn emory, Samita Sinha, and Mina Nishimura, and music mixed by artist and DJ JD Samson. The event will also mark the introduction of the 2021-2022 Renewal Residency artists: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Mina Nishimura, Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and Gillian Walsh. For more information visit www.danspaceproject.org

(In-Person) Sept. 28 – Oct. 9––Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at The Armory in the world premiere of “Deep Blue Sea.” The production marks Jones’ first time performing in over 15 years. For more information visit www.armryonpark.org

(Virtual) Sept. 22––As part of Gibney’s “Sorry I Missed Your Show” series, tune in to revisit Rosy Simas’ yödoishëndahgwa (a place for rest) “an installation and performance work by Rosy Simas to heal seven generations of ancestors and seven generations yet to be born,” according to the release. For more information visit www.gibneydance.org

(In-Person) Sept. 30––New York City Ballet’s ninth edition of the annual Fall Fashion Gala will feature world premieres by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller. Bell, founder of Sidra Bell Dance New York, will collaborate with Brooklyn-based designer Christopher John Rogers and Miller, artistic director, choreographer, and founder of Brooklyn-based company GALLIM, will work with Paris-based Colombian American designer Esteban Cortázar. For more information visit www.nycballet.com

(Virtual) Sept. 28––As part of Gibney’s “Deeper Duet” series, tune in for a conversation with mayfield brooks and Taína Asili. For more information visit www.gibneydance.org