Choreography, Dancer, and Teaching Artist Opportunities

BDA publishes calls for participation for upcoming local opportunities for Boston area choreographers, dancers, and teaching artists by deadline date.

Check out the grantor’s website for each grant, residency, or fellowship opportunity to confirm your eligibility, deadlines, etc.  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information. Past deadlines will not appear on this list.

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Need a fiscal sponsor in order to apply for a grant opportunity? Check out the information here and get in touch with us to learn more.

Dancers, looking for other jobs? Come to the BDA Open Call Audition in the fall and check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.



Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan. Thirty day Central Square space residencies can be renewed on a month to month basis with  8-9 hours per week minimum space rental at $7 per hour. Resident artist will have a short informal showing in the late spring date TBA. Choreographers must come in person to view the space to discuss scheduling options and the parameters of use of the space.

The Mass Cultural Council STARS program which brings artists, scientists and scholars into school settings, does not  have a set deadline — they make grants as long as the funds last. You must partner with a school before applying, so  read the guidelines carefully.

Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program. Dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000 are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly  national dancer orientation. All dancers, from early career to mid-career to retired from performing, can work with career counselors – at no cost –  in person or remotely. 

Want to perform in Somerville this summer and fall?  The Somerville Arts Council is not presenting outdoor dance but would be happy to help with permits, location scouting etc. Tell them BDA sent you.


Apollinaire Theatre Company has announced a residency program at the Black Box Theatre at the Chelsea Theatre Works for the 2019/2020 theater season! Residency offers 2 to 4 weeks of performance space with a full lighting and sound package, 4 to 6 weeks of rehearsal space, audition space, and access to shop, office, and meeting space during the residency period. Project Stipends are up to $1,000. Both companies and individual performing artists are eligible to apply. Deadline TBD, but attendance at one of three July, 2019 information sessions is recommended.


BLESSING THE BOATS COMMUNITY MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE a gestural folk dance inspired by the poetry of Lucille Clifton will happen September 10. Dance experience not required. Rehearsals are Sun 9/8 12-1:30pm | Mon 9/9 4:30-6pm. Contact



Boston Dance Theatre has an open, paid  position for one local guest dancer for an upcoming paid project with Goethe Institut Boston. Application deadline September 4, 2019.

Kicking and Screening Dance Film Festival is the only year-long, traveling short film festival in New England devoted to showcasing the diversity of contemporary creative voices exploring the medium of choreography for the camera.  Submit your films (maximum duration 15 minutes)! Deadline is


RDDI New England Now is designed to strengthen and elevate visibility for New England dance makers as a direct response to findings from two gatherings with New England Choreographers and New England Dance Cultural Organizers hosted in 2017.  Join us for an informational session to learn more about the seventh iteration of RDDI focused on the alignment of New England resources, relationships, and opportunities in support of New England dance makers. To secure a spot in the forum, register by October 7, 2019. Applications will be available in December.

Cambridge Arts grants to artists and organizations to support their great work. This year’s application period begins when the 2019 – 2020 Grant Guidelines are published on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Application deadline is Oct. 15.  Information Session on Monday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge’s City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor, and at our Grant Writing Workshop: on Monday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge’s City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor.


The Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography fellowships application period opens  December 15, 2019. Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020.


Boston Dance Alliance does not post jobs or opportunities outside of New England, but there are other aggregation sites you can check.

Dance/USA posts national and international jobs and auditions for dancers, choreographers and administrators.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance has begun to list jobs; while many of these duplicate other national postings, dancers/dancemakers of color may want to subscribe.