Choreography, Dancer, and Teaching Artist Opportunities

SPECIAL NOTE  3/15/2020:  Given the impact of Covid-19 on of New England nonprofits, many of the deadlines for grant applications this spring may be be extended. Check the websites and if you do not see updates, send emails for clarification on the latest decisions.

Please do continue to send  information about new grants and their deadlines to as we will add them to the list.

Good luck!



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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.

Please send any information/corrections/additions to

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. 


MARCH 2020

Mass Cultural Council Festivals grants of $500 for summer events are due March 16, 2020.

Dance for World Community, the Greater Boston Area’s largest and most inclusive dance event, to be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 12pm-6pm in Harvard Square, Cambridge, seeks performers and dance instructors in all genres. Deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2020

Festival of Us, You, We and Them at the Dance Complex seeks proposals for indoor and outdoor festival movement based activities for festival  June 26-28, 2020. Applications due March 19, 2020.

Somerville ArtBeat seeks applications by artists to perform on the theme of chance and embracing serendipity at the event Saturday July 11, 2020 (raindate July 12). Deadline for applications is March 27.




Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain seeks work that pairs art and technology in a thought provoking and visually engaging manner. We’re particularly interested in pieces that use technology to facilitate art, or art to observe technology from a novel perspective, preferably some combination of the two. Boundary-pushing is desired and respected. Works that address, rather than use, technology on a conceptual level may also be considered. Exhibit is May 27 -Sunday June 28. Deadline Saturday, April 4th, 2020. 



Boston Dancemakers Residency supports two Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt or reinvent their creative process. Produced through a partnership between Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and need dedicated time and space to be fully realized. Grantees receive a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, access to discounted rehearsal space, a choreographer stipend, a stipend for a collaborating artist in a non-dance discipline, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers. Applications extended to May 10, 2020. Application also makes you eligible for Run of the Mills,  Visual Art Residency, and Public Art Residency programs, check criteria and then indicate your interest at the bottom of your application.



NEFA’S New Work New England, program supporting New England performing artists in the creation and production of new work will provide grants of $7,500-$15,000 directly to New England artists for new works in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater. The focus is on artists and projects that further equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). The program also includes networking and visibility opportunities to further build relationships with cultural organizations and presenters. The application deadline is June 24, 2020



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.