About BDA

2015 Open Call Audition — Photo by Christopher Huang
2015 Open Call Audition — Photo by Christopher Huang

Our Mission

BOSTON DANCE ALLIANCE builds capacity for dance by identifying and creating shared resources, information, and productive partnerships to help dance flourish across the Boston metropolitan area and New England region. We are an independent service  organization representing dancers, choreographers, teachers, presenters, allied arts and cultural professionals, arts journalists and scholars, wellness and health providers, and dance enthusiasts brought together across dance genres and geographies.

BDA strives to increase cultural equity and access to dance for diverse communities, build dance audiences, and promote quality and sustainability.

BDA Programs and Services

Boston Dance Alliance’s services to our members and the broader dance community include a rentable, portable sprung wood floor, enabling dancers to present their work safely in any setting; an annual Dancewear Distribution initiative that provides shoes and clothing to financially disadvantaged dancers of all; ages; an annual Open Call Audition that attracts dancers and choreographers across a variety of genres; access to affordable rehearsal space for choreographers at the Lyric Stage; fiscal sponsorship to aid unincorporated companies and dance projects in raising funds to support work that furthers BDA’s charitable mission; the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship; access to a high-quality HD video camera so that artists can document their work; professional development consulting and workshops; information and advocacy for dancers with disabilities; and regular discounts to performances, classes, workshops, dancewear, health and wellness services and more.

Acting as advocates for dance at the local, regional, and national level, Boston Dance Alliance encourages the dance community in turn to advocate for important cultural initiatives. Boston Dance Alliance is a proud member of MASSCreative, advocating for arts and culture across the Commonwealth.