BDA Open Call Audition

2019 Boston Dance Alliance Open Call Audition 

Is Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Dance Complex



Each fall, Boston Dance Alliance presents a joyful day of professional development and community building. Dancers 18+ are invited to take up to four master classes, while choreographers are invited to observe and identify artists to be part of their upcoming projects.

From a dancer:

This was my first time attending BDA’s open call audition and I was very pleased with my experience. The day was beautifully organized; there were no issues with disorganization in terms of registration or classes. Having just graduated my undergraduate degree in New York, I have just come back to dance in Boston. I found this opportunity to serve as a way not only to explore and network with many choreographers but also with dancers. I met some old peers, familiar faces from other local auditions, as well as networked with some new dancers. It brought the Boston dance community together for the day. I appreciate all that BDA’s open call audition does for the Boston dance community. Thank you.

From a choreographer:

We adore this event, and have found some wonderful dancers over the years.  The BDA reaches dancers we would never reach.

Classes are $5 each. Take one or stay all day!

Audition Master Classes 

10:00-11:00 Ballet:  Yury Yanowsky

Yury Yanowsky’s career as a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet spanned over two decades. Yanowsky won first prize at the Prix de Lausanne and the Silver medal at Varna and U.S. International Ballet Competitions. He trained with Carmen Delgado de Robles and Anatol Yanowsky and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Yury’s passion for choreography began early in his dancing career and over the past decade he has had the opportunity to showcase his work around the world. In 2015, he was awarded the Choreographic Prize at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition and his ballet Smoke and Mirrorsfor Boston Ballet was named “Best in Dance for 2016” by The Arts Fuse and hailed as a “visual and choreographic masterpiece.” In addition to teaching ballet at Harvard Dance Center, he is a frequent teacher at Boston Ballet and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Dean College.



11:15-12:30* Contemporary:  Alexandra James

12:45-2:00*  Contemporary:  Alexandra James

*Note: may only sign up for one Contemporary class

Alexandra “Allie” James is Admissions Director and Operations Manager at the Bates Dance Festival. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her BFA in Choreography. She has taught and performed dance in Chicago, South Africa, St. Louis, New York and Portland, ME. As both a soloist and as Co-Artistic Director of dance-making duo, s h i f t, Alexandra works by means of improvisation. Her work explores the self in relation to the Other – the terms by which we define ourselves in relationship to, against and in accordance with one another.


2:15-3:15 Jazz/Musical Theatre:  Jeannette Neill

One of Boston’s most beloved teachers and a BDA Dance Champion, Jeannette Neill founded and was artistic director of her own studio for almost 40 years. Jeannette was also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boston Youth Moves, a pre-professional teen dance program and one of the Artistic Directors of The Boston Summer Dance Festival. An enduring and moving force in the Boston dance and cultural community, she continues to share her talents through scheduled open classes, master classes, workshops and more.



3:30-4:30 African/Afro-diasporic:**   Papa Sy

** For those interested in working in both West African and African Diasporic projects

Papa Sy is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from Senegal, and the principal member of 5 Dimension Company. After professional dance training in Senegal’s National Dance Academy, Papa Sy joined Germain Acogny’s Écoles des Sables and Jant-Bi dance company. Working there opened Papa Sy’s artistic spirit, and he founded the Pasytef Ballet Theatre de Dalifort dance company in Dakar and the Pasy Dance School from a passion for sharing his knowledge with young dancers and contributing to their artistic education. He has created, produced, directed, and starred in over twenty shows.

REGISTER NOW. Classes are capped at 35, and no one is cut during the Audition.  Dancers click here

Choreographers must be BDA members to receive contact information on auditioning dancers. Choreographers click here

Want to just observe and be part of the fun? Please register, and we’d love to have you there. Observers click here


Choreographers and artistic directors already signed up to participate include

  • Jenny Oliver
  • Sallee Slagle
  • Kathryn V. Hassinger
  • Lauren Coyne
  • Jennifer Lin
  • Rozann Kraus
  • Robyn L Goulette
  • Joe Burgio
  • Jessica Prince
  • Ruka White
  • Jean Appolon
  • David Sun
  • Jessica Goepfert
  • Natalie Johnson



Healthy treats for the dancers courtesy of

all photos on this page by Kimberly Maroon

2019 Dancer Health Day happens the same day!

Read about it here and register now.