Let’s Dance in 2023!

Somatic Partnering Workshop  with Ilya Vidrin & Jessi Stegall. This workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers will introduce the basics of Ilya & Jessi’s partnering technique, which combines dance with questions that challenge and enhance ethical interaction. This unique approach includes exercises that engage subtle elements of relational movement, including touch, proximity, shared weight, and mutual gaze. Masks required. Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM, at Martin Hall at Boston Center for the Arts (Located on the 2nd floor of the Calderwood Pavilion).


Two dancers over a dark background throw their heads back and arch their backs while white powder flies off their bodies.

Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance descendant of lambada, the music and dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980’s. José Cuadra will be teaching a more sensual, romantic and dramatic style of Brazilian Zouk. This is an open level course (beginner-intermediate) and you can lead or follow. Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM, Balance at Urbanity Studio, 111 W. Concord St.


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Black Mamba’s Social returns to Todos! Black Mamba Dance Company is hosting another exciting Salsa, Bachata, and a newly added room for West Coast Swing and Hustle in the Metrowest that you do not want to miss out on!  All levels workshop followed by open social Sunday, January 8, 9:30 PM-12:30 AM at Todos Dance & Fitness Studio, 677 Worcester St. in Natick.


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Boston Dance Theater (BDT) seeks versatile dance artists with strong technical, creative, and performance abilities for part time contracts for the 2023 season. BDT has immediate openings for the position of Core Member Jr, a 39-week contract with health, vision, and dental benefit package options. Core Members rehearse Monday-Friday for approximately 20 hours per week. Responsibilities include interpreting company repertoire, participating in company-wide professional development (assets for artists, anti-racism, and conflict resolution) training, facilitating company class, and serving as BDT ambassadors within the broader dance community during a time when Boston Dance Theater’s at-home activity is increasing and the company is preparing for national touring. Audition will take place on Friday, January 6, 9:30 AM at Complex@Canal (650 E Kendall St., Cambridge). Registration starts at 9 AM.


Get your season news in the Boston Globe.  Karen Campbell is working on the Winter Arts Preview covering performances between Jan. 22 and March 19. Include the name of the event, some information on content, choreographers and performers, dates and time, venue and cost. Website for more info. Send the information to karencampbell4@rcn.com. Deadline is January 11. While you’re doing this, please cross post the information to the BDA website. You don’t need to be a member to post and the publicity is one of the many free services we provide the dance community.


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Kathryn Boland is looking for a dancer to share their story for a piece on the “post-show blues”, highlighting dancers’ resilience to be published in DancePlug. Connect by January 16 by emailing kb1moves@gmail.com.


Two who need no introductions sing “let’s dance!”


Happy New Year! And for those who are participating in it, happy NACHMO! 

Thank you to everyone who made an end of the year donation to Boston Dance Alliance. Your belief in our mission means the world to us.

As we ease back into refreshed routines, make sure you let BDA know about upcoming workshops and performances. Offering classes at a studio or working as an independent teacher in any genre? You can be added to our classfinder on the website. Renting space? BDA’s studio spacefinder is just the ticket to find place to rehearse, broadcast virtual classes and more.

Here’s to a bright 2023!

Debra Cash, Executive Director