Join us on Thursday June 15, 6:30 PM at Arts at the Armory in Somerville
for a Night to Remember!
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Image: Congratulations to our 2023 Dance Champions! Congratulations to our 2023 Unsung Hero! on bright background with orange chevrons and turquoise stripes; at the top left is a headshot of Ann Brown Allen, a Black woman with her hair pulled back and dark glasses; at top center a headshot of Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, a Black woman wearing a loose black and white shirt over a black camisole, her head tilted to the left; to the left a headshot of Deborah Mason, a fair-skinned woman with round tortoise rimmed glasses and curly dark hair, wearing a blue zip-up jacket, her head tilted to the right. All champions have bright smiles as they look at the camera; in the bottom center a headshot of Steve Adelson in a purple shirt leaning on a counter top in front of shelves with dance shoes.
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Join BDA in just ten days as we gather to honor Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champions Ann Brown Allen, Dianne Walker, Deborah Mason and 2023 BDA Unsung Hero Steven Adelson. This “festive but not formal” evening includes a delicious Mediterranean buffet, drinks, performances, and tributes to our honorees as our community comes together to celebrate. Can’t make it to Somerville? Join us by livestream! Tickets here.
And don’t forget to bid on the items in the BDA Online Silent Auction, open until midnight June 15.
Huge Congratulations to Anna Myer and Beheard.world!
Huge congratulations to Anna Myer and beheard.world! beheard’s Project Teach Mentor and Inspire (TMI) will receive $30,000 a year for the next three years from the The Cummings Foundation to implement its Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy program for teenagers living in Boston’s public housing developments. beheard’s Education Director, Mishella Etienne Campbell will be receiving the first check at a special celebration on June 15.
Virtual Allyship Training
Join Dance/USA for a two-day virtual Allyship Training facilitated by Service Never Sleeps. Deepen your anti-racist work and empower yourself to start or continue allyship work as a lifestyle. All members of the dance ecosystem are welcome but space is limited so secure your spot today! Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, 1:00-4:30 PM ET
Every first Tuesday of the month, enjoy Swing Dance and live music by Gray Gafarov at The Moldova Restaurant in Newton. Get your groove on with a swing dance lesson led by Kellian and Brian Pletcher from 7-8 PM. Then dance the night away from 8-10 PM to the sounds of Gray Gafarov and his live band during our social dance session. Starts Tuesday, June 6.
Cape Breton Step Dancing with Christine Morrison
Learn Cape Breton step dancing from Christine Morrison, guest teaching for Rebecca McGowan. Celtic Dance has been Christine Morrison’s passion and hobby since she was 4 years old. With “Four on The Floor”, Christine has appeared with Grammy nominated musician Natalie MacMaster and at Irish and Celtic Festivals throughout the country, Canada, and Scotland. Tuesday, June 6, 7:30-8:30 PM at First Church Cambridge.
Launch Pad: A Choreographers’ Showcase
Launch Pad: A Choreographers’ Showcase is a springboard program for choreographers who are at a crossroads of some kind in their careers. Learn from the Yard’s Launch Pad Artists-in-Residence at this dance and movement based workshop held in their beautiful open air studio. It is open to adults of all skill levels. Wednesday, June 7, and Friday, June 9, 10:30-11:30 AM. Also join for a moderated discussion with artists-in-residence David Guzman, Marguerite Hemmings, and Sophiann Mahalia as they discuss their creative process, approach to collaboration, and what inspires them to make and move. Wednesday, June 7, 5:30-7:00 PM, at the Yard, Chilmark, MA.
Hello My Name is... Fernadina Chan
Join Fernadina Chan for her HELLO MY NAME IS… Boston Center for the Arts virtual artist talk, ahead of the showing of her new Not Eye, Us Boston Dancemakers Residency work. Hear from Chan with Adriane Brayton; sculptor Michael Alfano, and dramaturg Jennine Willett of Third Rail Project. Thursday, June 8, at noon.
Boston AIR program
Celebrate with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, their six Artists-in-Residence, and City partners and learn about the projects they’ve been working on over the past year and a half as part of the Boston AIR program. Thursday, June 8, 6-8 PM, City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.
"Come Dance With Me"
Head to Boston University Dance Theater for “Come Dance with Me” an international showcase that includes Indian classical dancer Sumati Ram-Mohan, ballroom dancers Jesse Kirkpatrick & Anna Soong, salsa dancer Lexy Lattimore and Bollywood dancers the Nivetha Dance Crew! In addition, Jen Moran will share her lung cancer journey and a lung cancer researcher will share progress about early detection. All proceeds go to lung cancer research. Thursday, June 8, 7-9 PM.
Dance Workshops at the Boston Early Music Festival
Enjoy historical dance workshops as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Session one with Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière explores gavotte and hemiola rhythms to create comic effects. Session two with Pierre-François Dollé will be on Baroque dance: from walking steps to complex dances and from codified movements to expressive interpretation. Participants of all levels are welcome. Please bring a low-heeled, soft shoe and wear comfortable clothing. Thursday, June 8, 9:30 AM (Session one) & 11:30 AM (Session Two) at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.
Cirque du Soleil performs "Corteo"
Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. Friends and members of Boston Dance Alliance enjoy 20% off! Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11 at the Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA.
Eventual Dance Company presents
Eventual Dance Company presents a live theater extravaganza featuring a disco-mirrored hula hoop, live music, and an ensemble of eight fabulous dancers. Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM, and Saturday, June 10, 2 PM & 6 PM at The Foundry, 101 Rogers Street, Cambridge.
Mosaic Dance Inc. presents: Awakening
Mosaic Dance Inc. presents: Awakening featuring work by the company dancers of Mosaic Dance and guest artists of Cambridge Dance Company, OnStage Dance Company, and Art UnEarths. Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
Carol Kaye Project
Boston Dance Theater’s Carol Kaye Project travels to Portland Maine to the SPACE. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 8 PM, 538 Congress St, Portland, ME.
City Ballet of Boston (CBB) presents “Summer Waltz"
City Ballet of Boston (CBB) presents “Summer Waltz,” a celebration featuring City Ballet of Boston’s professional dancers, guest dancers from Ballet RI, and up-and-coming talents from the Boston City Youth Ballet. The Saturday performances at 3pm and 8pm see the dancers joined by members of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players performing live. Friday, June 9, at 8 PM, Saturday, June 10, at 3 PM & 8 PM and Sunday, June 11 at 3 PM, at the Calderwood Pavilion, 539 Tremont St, Boston.
Enjoy a city-wide Pride celebration filled with dance Saturday, June 10! The parade kickoff is at 11 AM at Copley Square and will lead to the festival happening 12-6 PM at the Boston Common and at the City Hall Plaza. The City Hall Plaza will be a 21+ space.
Liquid Spine's Global Water Dances Performance
Liquid Spine’s Global Water Dances Performance in the East India Square Fountain located outside of the Peabody Essex Museum. in Salem, MA, highlights the needs to protect our coastlines from erosion, flooding, and rising sea levels. This is a free performance in a public, outdoor space. Saturday, June 10, 2:00-2:45 PM. *Raindate: June 11th.
Belonging and Othering
As part of The Bloom Residency at The Dance Complex beheard.world has created Belonging and Othering, a window into the aspects of tribalism and bias that keep us divided. The multi-media performance features eight local storytellers who have experienced being “othered”. Each company member created a solo in response to their stories Saturday, June 10, 8 PM and Sunday, June 11, 7 PM at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.
The Snow Queen
New Bedford Ballet presents The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen’s story of love between friends overcoming evil, presented at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford Saturday June 10 at 8 PM.
Boston Dragon Boat Festival
Join the Boston Dragon Boat Festival for incredible performances and boat racing all day long starting at 8 AM. Dance performances include Chinese Waist-Drum Dance, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Indian Dance, and so much more! Sunday, June 11, 12-5 PM (Cultural program), in Cambridge, along the Charles River, between JFK and Western Ave. bridges. Take the T, parking is very limited.
Summer/SCAPE showcases the return of North Atlantic Ballet’s 1:2 Choreography Lab. The program offers world premieres by Ilya Vidrin and Lucy Warren-Whitman & the revival of NAB’s Dogtown Phantoms. Sunday, June 11, 3 & 6 PM at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport, MA.
Calls To Action
Audition for Danza Orgánica
Danza Orgánica is holding auditions. Come prepared with a one-minute solo of your own movement. You will be improvising with given prompts and learning parts of their repertory. In addition, please bring: a letter of recommendation, a CV and a headshot or action shot. Callbacks will be within a few days after the audition. Wednesday, June 7, 6-9 PM at the Cultural Equity Incubator, 15 Channel Center St, Boston.
Audition for Rukadance & Modern Connections
Modern Connections and Rukadance are co-hosting auditions for advanced level dancers to work on projects and performances in the coming year. The audition will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2:30 PM (check-in at 2 PM), in Studio 1 of The Dance Complex at 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. If inquiries arise after registration, you can contact Jenny Oliver at ModernConnectionsCollective@gmail.com or Ruka White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to be in Nightmare Diaries
NIGHTMARE DIARIES seeks 4 dancers! The film has an audition scene, as well as a nightmare dance sequence. They’re looking for dancers who want to collaborate and choreograph together. If interested, or you have questions, please reach out to email@example.com.
Teach Hip Hop in Billerica
Dance Etc in Billerica is looking for a hip hop teacher for the 2023-2024 dance season (Thursdays preferred). Students are ages 14-16 and pay is based on experience.
Summer at NAB
North Atlantic Ballet is running three summer sessions at their Dorchester location. This is a great way for students to train closely with the professional company. Summer Session 1 runs May 31-June 25 ( Pre-Professional only); Summer Session 2 runs July 10-July 24, 4-8 PM, Mon-Fri (ages 8+); Summer session 3 runs August 7-27, 4-8 PM, Mon-Fri (ages 8+).
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