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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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




OnStage Residency in Malden Ma offers free studio space and performance opportunities for emerging choreographers to create new work, with no creative constraints. Applications due January 26, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow internships run May 19 through September 3 and are part of a structured program for more than 30 interns from around the world, each working within one of the Pillow’s administrative or production departments Applications due January 26, 2020

The Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography fellowships accepts performance work in all movement styles. We welcome dance, mixed-media, or multi-genre performances that feature organized movement of the human body(ies).Only happens every other year. Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020.

Speakeasy and Sunday Evening Salons with Kelley Donovan  Both held on Columbia St. in Cambridge at Salon 300. The Speakeasy is a fun performance party for dancers, actors, poets and all other performers, magicians, burlesque and any other talent you can bring to the table, The Speakeasy is held the last Sat of the month. Sunday Salon Series (Every third Sunday of the month!) The Sunday Evening Salon is a movement curated salon for experimental dance. This is a laboratory to try out new work in front a small intimate audience to explore and experiment with your craft. (Every third Sunday of the month!) Apply now for Speakeasy on Feb 29th or March 28th and The Sunday evening Salon on Feb 23rd.

City of Boston Opportunity Fund grants 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).  Deadline January 31 at 11:59 p.m

The Boston Foundation Open Door grants from $10,000-50,000 are focused on organizations serving and building power in communities historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the communities they serve. Examples include, but are not limited to: communities of color; the LGBTQIA community; immigrants and refugees; people with disabilities; poor or low-income people; youth and seniors. Organizations that work on behalf of seniors or individuals with physical disabilities are especially encouraged to apply for an Open Door Grant as the Foundation has funding specifically designated for these purposes.  Deadline January 31 at 11:59 p.m



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.

NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) will support a  cohort of 12 New England based choreographers in a nine-month series of connected activities across the region designed to elevate their work inside of New England. The three part program includes Professional Development Lab  July 26-August 1, 2020 at Bates Dance Festival, Intersections Summit October 2, 2020 – October 4, 2020 at Redfern Arts Center in Keene, New Hampshire and New England Now Platform March 10, 2021 – March 14, 2021 at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) in partnership with Global Arts Live. Application Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:00 PM 

Vitality Dance Project Presents: Emergence ,a coming together of local artists celebrating the beginning of a new decade through dance, is seeking local choreographers / dance performance groups to present work on February 29 in Winchester.  Deadline February 8, 2020

Live Arts Boston created by The Boston Foundation  in partnership with the Barr Foundation will once again provide up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce, or present new artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. Projects must take place between  July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Deadline: February 10, 2020 5:00 pm

The BPS Arts Expansion grant applications for the 2020-2021 school year are open. Register for the online Information Session on Tuesday, February 11th at 4pm.

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund  awards small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Deadline is February 21, 2020


MARCH 2020

NEFA’s National Dance Project production grant, a highly competitive national program, funds artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities. Deadline is March 2, 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 13, 2020 from 12pm-6pm in Harvard Square, Cambridge, seeks performers and dance instructors in all genres. Deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2020



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 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.