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.

Check out the grantor’s website for each grant, residency, or fellowship opportunity 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.

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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? Come to the BDA Open Call Audition in the fall and check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.



The Mass Cultural Council STARS program which brings artists, scientists and scholars into school settings, does not  have a set deadline — they make grants as long as the funds last. You must partner with a school before applying, so  read the guidelines carefully.

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. 

Want to perform in Somerville this fall?  The Somerville Arts Council is not presenting outdoor dance but would be happy to help with permits, location scouting etc. Tell them BDA sent you.



ON DISPLAY/HARVARD   Wed, Dec 3, 7-8pm at Widener Library, Harvard University. ON DISPLAY is a structured improvisational movement piece designed to be performed by diverse people and presented in a public and accessible space. The installation allows performers and the public alike to fully witness each other. No formal dance experience or Harvard affiliation is required. Persons with and without disabilities are encouraged to participate. The movement installation will involve stillness, structured improvisation, and internal focus. Sign up as soon as possible.

Boston’s Opportunity Fund offers grants to support meaningful one-time opportunities for artists living in the City of Boston to further develop their career, and helps provide access to more opportunities for communities throughout the City of Boston to engage in arts experiences. The Opportunity Fund has three grant categories: Artist Career Development (up to $1,000 grant); Community Arts Experiences & Events (up to $2,000 grant); MCC Festivals Program Matching Grant (up to $1,000 grant). Application deadline is November 30, 2019.

SPACE AT BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS for performance in the BCA Plaza Theatre,  Plaza Black Box Theatre and Nicholas Martin Hall in the Calderwood Pavilion for dates between July 1-2020-June 30-2021 must be requested by December 1, 2019.

 AS220’S PROVIDENCE DANCE FESTIVAL 2020 / accepts applications for 2 – 3 evening length programs April 16th – 18th, 2020. In addition, the festival will host free workshops, classes and a Long Table Discussion for the participating artists and the public. Especially seeking artists of color.  Deadline: December 1st, 2019

NACHMO 2020 is an annual challenge that spurs dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts to choreograph by providing a month-long deadline and a community of peers. Three performances Feb 7-9, 2020 at the Armory in Somerville.  No experience necessary. Deadline December 9, 2019



The Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography fellowships application period opens  December 15, 2019. Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020.



Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan starting Feb 1. 2020. Thirty day Central Square space residencies can be renewed on a month to month basis with  8-9 hours per week minimum space rental at $7 per hour. Resident artist will have a short informal showing in the late spring date TBA. Choreographers must come in person to view the space to discuss scheduling options and the parameters of use of the space.


Boston Dance Alliance does not post jobs or opportunities outside of New England, but there are other aggregation sites you can check.

Dance/USA 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.