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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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

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.



Art Week events are unique experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative economy. This year Art Week is April 26-May 5. Application deadline February 22, 2019

Be part of the 40th annual Cambridge Arts River Festival  on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Cambridge Arts is looking for mermaids/mermen, stilters, dancers, artists, drag performers, cosplayers, and other costumed performers to lead the participatory parade, a brand new event at this year’s festival.  Dance stage deadline is February 28, 2019, Family and Children’s Stage deadline is March 15.


Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program beginning 2.28.2019. 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. 


MARCH 2019

The Boston Dancemakers Residency, a partnership between Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts, is a comprehensive award designed to support two experienced dancemakers in the development of original ensemble work by providing research, development, rehearsal, financial and production resources. These resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, a dancemaker stipend and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers. Information session is January 29, 2019, and deadline for applications is March 1, 2019 by 5 pm

National Dance Project (NDP) Production grant inquiry phase for dance performances taking place January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2022 has a deadline of March 1, 2019

Festivals grants available to support Spring and Summer programming March 15 deadline

National Dance Presenters Forum at Jacob’s Pillow  will provide 15 early career dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience at Jacob’s Pillow, July 10-14, 2019. Individuals who have been presenting dance for less than five years or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years are encouraged to apply. Deadline is March 15. 

Dance for World Community will be held in Cambridge June 8, 2019 with five stages.   Application deadline for performers and instructors is Thursday, March 28, 2019


APRIL 2019

Nozama Dance Collective is looking for dance companies and independent choreographers to create one work for “Uplift” surrounding one of mentioned themes, in whatever form speaks loudest. We ask that pieces be a maximum of 7 minutes long. Though this show focuses on the female experience and female empowerment, we want to clarify that this is not restricted to just female performers. Performances in August. Application deadline is April 15th, 2019.

Xsection: A Dance and Science Film Festival sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance – science – film. AAll selected films will be screened at the live event at Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA in June 2019.  XSFF will accept up to 20 films (3:14 minutes and under). XSFF will consider both emerging and professional artists and provide a platform for screening, feedback sessions, and networking opportunities. Deadline April 30, 2019

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.