BDA Open Call Audition


Boston Dance Alliance 2017 Open Call Audition and

Boston Dance Alliance Dancer Health Day

Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m.

The Dance Complex

536 Mass Ave

Central Square, Cambridge, MA


Doors open at 9:30

All Audition activities take place in Studio 1 a.k.a. Julie Ince Thompson Theatre.

  • Each class limited to 35 participants.
  • Classes are free.
  • Please note, you must be 18 years old to participate.
  • Choreographers and company directors must be current members of Boston Dance Alliance in order to receive follow-up information on participants.
  • Outside observers are welcome.


10-11 Ballet with Tai Jimenez  Image result for tai jimenez

Tai Jimenez was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and a principal with Boston Ballet. She has appeared as a guest artist with New York City Ballet , on Broadway, and with other companies across the United States. She has graced the cover of Pointe magazine and was profiled in Dance Teacher magazine. Her writing has appeared in Pointe and Dance Magazine. She teaches at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.


11:15-12:30 Modern Session A with DeAnna Pellecchia* Image result for deanna pellecchia images

*Dancers are limited to one modern class

DeAnna Pellecchia is artistic director of KAIROS Dance Theater and creates works for the stage, natural landscapes, and nontraditional spaces. A graduate of Roger Williams University, she currently serves on the dance faculty at Boston University, Boston Ballet, Simmons College and The Dance Complex. DeAnna has toured nationally and internationally with her own work and the work of Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works, Kinodance Company, and Anikaya Dance Theater, among many others.


12:30-1  BYO Lunch and Presentation from the Actors Fund about its national services for dancer health and career transition. No sign up required.   Image result for the actors fund logo





1-2:15 Modern Session B De’Anna Pellecchia


2:30-3:30 Jazz Dance with Victoria Kickham      Image result for victoria kickham

Victoria Kickham taught at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, and for Boston Youth Moves. She has studied with renowned Neill and Lynn Simonson, and incorporates principles of the Simonson Technique—an anatomically aware approach to movement—into her adult and teen classes.

3:45-4:45 Hip Hop Dance with Ricardo Foster, Jr.         Image result for ricardo foster jr images

Ricardo Foster, Jr. is founder and CEO of Unyted Stylz Productions and US Crew. His choreography has been seen from Sesame Street to the Xbox Kinect video game franchise “Dance Central.” Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, NSYNC, En-vogue, Uncle Cracker, and Beyonce to old school classics like Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang clan, and RUN DMC, he “has seen it all.” A Boston native, Ricardo teaches at Dean College.



Boston Dance Alliance Dancer Health Day


You do not have to participate in the BDA Open Call Audition to experience the benefit of BDA Dancer Health Day screenings! Both professional and recreational dancers are welcome to attend. 

All Dancer Health Day screenings take place in Studio 7, ground floor. This studio is completely wheelchair accessible.

The  screening is in two parts

  • Confidential health history questionnaire. Please download here, print, fill out, and bring with you to the screening
  • Health care professionals assess your aerobic fitness level, detect potential “red flags” that might affect your health or performance, and make recommendations for preventive exercises and care. Dancers move through a series of stations that measure height and weight, aerobic capacity, hip rotation and flexibility and more. These exams are conducted clothed.

Registration is limited.  Limited day-of screenings may be available at the door.

BDA Dancer Health Day is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. Suggested donation $5 BDA members, $15 Nonmembers.


BDA Dancer Wellness Day is made possible through Boston Dance Alliance’s partnerships with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Dance/USA, and The Actors Fund.