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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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. Choreographers must show the results of their work in an informal showing in spring TBD.

Third Life Choreographers Series  gives Boston area choreographers a venue to try out new work in an informal setting or to show more developed work.  The Series has presented over 150 Boston dance groups and choreographers from NYC, Vermont, Philadelphia,and CT. Upcoming shows are scheduled for Sept. 28th, Dec. 14th, Late Feb, Late March and Mid June. Go to the Goggle form on the site to sign up for a slot!

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.


Peterborough Dance Theatre in New Hampshire is always looking for Guest Artist Choreographers to set new works on a variety of styles on its Youth Performing Company.  This is a “Non-Competition” dance studio, choosing to focus more on dance as an art.


The Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship (CEF) is designed to accelerate the careers and practice of a diverse group of artists and creative solopreneurs. CEF is a customized professional development experience for 8-10 individuals selected through a competitive application process. Focus is individuals living and/or working in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods. Candidates for this program may include visual artists (e.g. public artists, photographers, painters, etc), craft artists and artisans, writers, etc. Deadline Monday, October 22, 2018.

Assets for Artists is now open to artists throughout Massachusetts  with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their creative practice. This program includes professional development services focused on financial management and business planning. Deadline is October 22, 2018

Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow   The Inside/Out Series is a beloved tradition at Jacob’s Pillow, offering free dance performances in all styles and genres to more than 20,000 enthusiastic audience members June 19-August 25, 2019. Deadline October 31

Next Steps for Boston Dance awards multilayered support for up to 6 choreographic grantees across genres. Artists will be selected who are at different career stages: at the beginning of a professional career, mid and well established.   Deadline October 31

 Fresh Dance Friday series is an informal, free performance series at Green Street Street Studios. It provides local artists the opportunity to show work in progress and receive feedback, as well as a casual welcoming environment for dance audiences new and old to see new dances, ask questions and make connections. All performances are at 4pm unless otherwise noted. Rolling deadlines through December 2018, but apply asap



Live Arts Boston at The Boston Foundation provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to grant funding, grantees will receive support for project documentation, mentorship, peer networking opportunities and professional development.  Key funding priorities for the program are:

  • Projects led by and uplifting the artistry and voices of people of color, immigrants and new Americans
  • Projects centered on art forms that have had less representation, visibility, support in Greater Boston
  • Projects that push the boundaries of the medium(s) in their form and/or content, innovating and taking risks
  • Projects with high potential for growth and visibility of Greater Boston area artists Round One deadline November 7, 2018.

Nozama Dance Collective and OnStage Dance Company  are producing “Empower One Another,” a performance series in which companies will be paired with one another to collaborate and create an entirely new work.   The theme of this performance is the female experience and female empowerment. The performance will be the weekend of April 12th and 13th, 2019 Deadline November 15th.




NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. Deadline December 3, 2018


MAY 2019

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 2019   Urbanity’s annual festival of local and out of town dance companies returns.  Deadline is May 30th, 2019.



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.