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. We will try to post virtual opportunities during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deadlines for certain grant applications may be in flux.  Check the websites and if you do not see updates, send emails to confirm deadlines and 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.

Not a nonprofit? 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? Check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.

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Red Bull Microgrants Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally.  The adapted Microgrant program will award two unrestricted $1000 grants each month to two artists in Boston. This program also provides an opportunity to share projects through Red Bull Arts social channels. 

Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program. 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.


February 2021

Professional development grants of up to $500 are available through the YNPN Boston Chris Herron Professional Development Fund  to people ages 18-35 who work full or part time with Boston area nonprofits. Deadline is February 28.


March 2021

Activate Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts offers BIPOC artists 18 + creating visual, performing, and interdisciplinary work are invited to apply for five-day residencies to create a site-responsive work in the historic Cyclorama. The residency includes video documentation of the process that will  be shared with audience. The collective or lead artist(s) must live within the City of Boston with preference given to artists who live in Brighton-Allston, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury. Deadlines March 1 and May 1.


National Dance Project Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities. This is very competitive. The preliminary round deadline for the two-part application process is March 1, 11:59 PM EST

BCA Studio Residency  provides selected artists with work-only studio space deeply below market rate, plus access to a roster of programs and professional support geared towards nurturing a vibrant and diverse community of artists in Boston.  Review the application instructions, including Covid-19 protocols, carefully to make sure this program is right for you. Deadline Sunday, March 7. 


April, 2021

Boston Center for the Arts’ Dance Documentation in Isolation  invites movement-based artists from across Massachusetts to share brief video footage of work created within the past year. Videos will be organized in groups based on their length, under 10 minutes, under 3 minutes, floating snippets of interesting movement. Applicants will have the opportunity to self-select the stage of their work – in progress, polished, reworked. Dancemakers will be awarded a stipend for sharing their work, invited to speak about their process on a panel after the airing of videos, and offered professional development resources for the growth of submitted work. Deadline is April 1.



Check Dance/USA , which 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.