Nominations for the 2023 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion award are open!
This award, created in 2004 and renamed in honor of the late, beloved physician and dancer who served as President of the Boston Dance Alliance board, recognizes a member of the metropolitan Boston dance community over the age of 60 who has made a great contribution to Boston’s dance landscape and whose body of work constitutes a significant legacy. You may nominate up to three individuals.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10 at midnight. Propose the grantee here
Check out the list of prior awardees, who will vote on the person to join their distinguished list!
Boston Dance Alliance was sad to learn that Stage Source, our sister organization for the theatre community, is ceasing operations after 37 years.
For many years, BDA premium members took advantage of Stage Source’s Circle of Friends card, which offered two theatre tickets for the price of one. Stage Source held a successful job fair and was a source of audition information for theatre professionals and convened frank conversations about gender, diversity, and sexual harassment. We applaud their record of care and achievement.
We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that BDA will continue to serve, support and celebrate all aspects of the Boston dance community. As we emerge from Covid, we are clear that our unique programs and timely information for dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, studios and dance lovers remain vital to the resilience of our sector.
So join us if you’re not yet a member, make a donation (and see if your employer will match your gift), share your workshop and performance information so that we can amplify it, and let us know how we can help keep the Boston area dancing.
Congratulations and thank you to tap dancer and producer Drika Overton who is retiring from the seacoast institution she built 13 years ago in Kittery, Maine The Dance Hall.
The Chuck D-produced PBS docuseries “Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World” will premiere Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the network said Wednesday. Watch the trailer now.
Join Motion State Dance Film Series: Playing Favorites for an eclectic group of short experimental dances created specifically for film at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford next Wednesday, February 1, 7 PM It’s free and reservations are encouraged.
At the first 2023 edition of The Harvard Milonga, Harvard Tango is delighted to welcome dancers back to the beautiful Barker Center Cafe at 12 Quincy Street. A rotunda with high windows, a pristine hardwood floor, tables, and a true circle for a perfect ronda right in the heart of Harvard’s campus. Thursday, February 2, 6:30-7:30 PM: pre-milonga int/adv class with Thomas & Mary Ellen; 7:30-10:30 PM: milonga.
Join the Master Class with BalletX‘s Associate Artistic Director, Tara Keating, at the Dance Complex. The workshop will consist of a traditional ballet class with barre and center work, followed by company repertory. Friday, February 3, 4:00–5:30 PM.
Boston Rueda is excited to announce its first Rueda Structures workshop on Friday, February 3, 6-8 PM at the Cambridge Foundry. Starting with Rueda Cruzada and Rueda Echo. Level up your Rueda with this fun and energetic workshop. All levels welcome. Email BR@bostonruedadance.com for more info.
BalletRox is having an Open House on Saturday, February 4, at both Vine Street (9 AM-12 PM) and Spontaneous Celebrations (12-3 PM). Families can observe dance classes in action, take a trial dance class, and talk to staff at both locations. Additionally, at Spontaneous Celebrations, they will be hosting a Musical Theatre Workshop.
Lindy and jazz dancer Katie Cobalt presents her first workshop in North America Saturday, February 4, 2-4 PM and 5-7 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-12 PM and 2-4 PM at Salsa y Control Dance Studio, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 13B Allston. Saturday’s workshops will focus on improvising and co-creating. Sunday‘s attention will be geared towards riff and self-expression. Both days are designed for intermediate/advanced dancers.
Guateque Cubano first Saturday monthly Cuban Dance Social is Saturday, February 4 starting at 7:30 PM for casino, son, rueda and rumba at 351 Summer Street in Somerville.
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, closes Global Arts Live’s winter festival on Saturday, February 4 at 8PM at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre with the Boston premieres of Credo by Matthew Neenan, Become a Mountain by Justin Peck, and Exalt by Jennifer Archibald.
Project31 is celebrating their 5th anniversary at BU Dance Theater. See the culmination of new and returning works on Saturday, February 4, 7 PM and Sunday, February 5, 2 PM!
In the Ether is a multimedia contemporary dance duet exploring the limiting and empowering mythologies around womanhood in collaborators’ Claire Lane and Caroline Bradbury’s religious upbringings. The work draws heavily from Roman Catholic iconography of biblical women depicted in visual art to trace how organized spirituality has impacted the lives of women in history and in the dancers’ personal lives. The performance will be followed by a participatory artist talk-back. Saturday, February 4, 8 PM at the Dance Complex.
The Theater Offensive Queer (Re)public Residency Program is dedicated solely to queer & trans artists of color, whose work demonstrates artistic vigor and inquisitive exploration of their personal queer aesthetics. Two levels have different criteria. Apply by Tuesday, January 31.
The Asian American Ballet Project seeks a costume designer to design and create costumes for inaugural performance on July 7, 2023 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. The Asian American Ballet Project seeks to employ artists, including costume designers, of Asian descent.
Join Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion Institute 2022–2023: 1-Year Intensive. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have a certificate of completion and an opportunity to apply for inclusion in the roster of esteemed JPCiM® Artists. Apply by Tuesday, January 31.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture created the Cultural Space Fund as its first funding program for space-related needs. The Fund seeks to support projects which:
* Increase the amount of physical space in Boston secured for cultural uses long-term;
* Increase the power for artists, creative workers and cultural organizations as it relates to their spaces;
* Increase access to existing cultural spaces (including physical access, affordability, operating hours).
Projects that support spaces for underrepresented communities, and projects that address market gaps will be prioritized.
- First round of reviews: submit by Tuesday, January 31 5 PM
- Final round of reviews: submit by Tuesday, April 11 5 PM
The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. in Hadley Ma. seeks guest ballet teachers for February. Students range from ages 10-14 years old, depending on day and time of class. $75/hour plus gas. Details at Cassieferr@gmail.com
Seeking Dance Studio Share Partner (Boston, JP, West Rox, et al). Seeking a partner (or two) to share the cost of renting a studio for about an hour 2-3 days a week evenings and/or on the weekends. The two spaces explored recently are the Urbanity Central space at 725 Harrison Ave, Boston ($30/hr); and the smallest space at the Tony Wiiliams Dance Studio in JP @ 284 Armory St ($35/hr). As spaces and individuals’ schedules aren’t precisely fixed week to week, there needs to be some flexibility on everyone’s part. If interested, contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don’t have to be a BDA member to nominate but your membership — at the tier that is right for you — helps us do our work!
Debra Cash, Executive Director