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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.



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 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.



If you want to make a career in the arts, but don’t know how to file taxes, get gigs, build websites, or copyright original content you’ve created, apply for Dunamis‘ fall Green Mile program. Deadline is October 13.

The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council enriches the cultural life of all cities and towns in Massachusetts including Boston and Cambridge. Led by municipally appointed volunteers, LCCs award over $3 million every year, supporting more than 5,000 cultural programs that include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances. Grants are open to both town residents and those who will perform there. Check your local LCC for information sessions. Deadlines are all October 15 except where specified.

BCA’s new  Dance Documentation Initiative (DDI) – a subsidized video documentation program for artists who need their work filmed for: funding and creative opportunities, updating promotional and archival materials, and more — is open on a first come, first served basis. Deadline Sunday, October 20.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Performance Series is accepting applications for the 2020 season, which runs June 24-August 30, 2020. Jacob’s Pillow is interested in presenting all dance forms and genres. The Pillow welcomes submissions that contain an audience engagement element, work-in-progress proposals, and educational components. Deadline is October 31.



Next Steps for Boston Dance  grants support choreographers creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing rehearsal space, expert advisors, $5,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project, and cohort meetings. Information sessions early in October, see website for times and places. Deadline is November 4, 2019

NEFA’s Public Art Learning Fund provides small grants of $500 to $2000 to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices. Deadline November 12, 2019.


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



Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan starting Feb 1. 2020. 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.


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.