A special tribute performance to Battery Dance protégé Adel Euro from last year's festival. Photo by Darial Sneed, courtesy of Battery Dance Festival

Summertime in New York City is premium outdoor time—which can make attending indoor events a bit of a drag. That's why the Battery Dance Festival is such a treat: Nearly all of its performances—over a full week—take place outside, with a choreographer's dream backdrop, the Hudson River (see if you can spot the Statue of Liberty!). Even better, all outdoor performances are FREE.

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Jacqulyn Buglisi was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance company for 12 years. In 1993, she co-founded Buglisi Dance Theatre. She is the chair of the Graham-based modern department at The Ailey School, where she has been teaching for more than 25 years.

Here, student Courtney Celeste Spears demonstrates a short phrase from Martha Graham's 1947 piece Night Journey. This combination, which Buglisi uses for across-the-floor work, employs the famous Graham contraction and works on maintaining parallel, moving in space with weight shifts and finding oppositional strength in spiral.

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