Useful Links

Dance Advocacy Across the Region

Massachusetts Cultural Council: Join their email list!

MassCreative: Arts advocacy throughout the Commonwealth

Artists Under the Dome/MALC: Advocacy at the State House for artists, by artists including their new recommendations for improving the working conditions of artists across the sector

New England Foundation for the Arts and CreativeGround

Americans for the Arts  Lobbying and news at the federal level, especially good on arts education

Proceedings of Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color


Dance Education

National Dance Education Organization and its local affiliate MADEO 

Dance Teachers Club of Boston

Creative Youth Development, a consortium that includes the  Massachusetts Cultural Council and has an email list

Online course for teaching artists

Arts/Learning, support for arts in Massachusetts public education

Amazing digital representations of human anatomy useful for dancers, body workers and more


Rights and Business Information You Can Use

A Life in Dance, new book. by Rebecca Stenn and Fran Kirmser. While most of the artists are based in New York, there’s clear applicability to the topics they cover (got student debt? teach in the schools? live project to project? ) with personal narratives by artists.

Monthly Artists Help Desk at Boston Center for the Arts in partnership with ArtMorpheus brings artists and experts together in bi-monthly sessions, providing the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with art professionals including curators, gallerists, writers, outreach strategists, marketing whizzes and more.

Legal advice from our partners the Arts and Business Council, say BDA sent you.

Massachusetts Society of CPAs (Find a CPA for your needs/in your area)

Art and Taxes is a site developed to address the tax needs of artists of all disciplines. Great resources for free!

Artists in the gig economy: what’s right for you?

Music rights demystified, from Dance/USA

Copyright and fair use for dancers, from Dance/USA

Choreographer-composer collaborations, from New Music USA

Work of Art tool kit  from Minnesota based Springboard for the Arts

Determining your artist fee, from Creative Capital

Getting over your fear of Wikipedia, from Creative Capital

Crowdfunding ideas from Leeway Foundation

CreateEquity podcast on issues of business and arts careers

Need health insurance for yourself or your dancers? In Massachusetts, contact the helpline at the advocacy organization  Healthcare for All 

Information on insurance in this guide

Some BDA members have dance teacher’s liability insurance through  Alternative Balance  or Philadelphia Insurance

Artists Rights  primer on issues of censorship, privacy and more

With the Artist Legacy Toolkit and new Ask an Archivist free phone and online service from the Dance Heritage Coalition, you have a road map to preserving your dance-related materials from paper records to videos (including in obsolete formats).

Design Your Personal Brand in 3 Steps Artists & Creatives  and Your Personal Brand as an Artist webinar from Americans for the Arts

Making Your Life as an Artist from Artists U

Podcast on budgeting for artists from the College Art Association, information pertinent to dancers too

Marketing for Artists 101 from National Arts Marketing Project

Dance jobs self-assessment (consider many elements to create your dance job portfolio, since almost none will provide a full-time income)

Dance and Disability  (check out our page)

A huge bibliography, constantly updated, by BDA Executive Director Debra Cash and Jo Verrant of Unlimited in the UK, currently managed by AXIS Dance Company

National Endowment for the Arts 2017 report on career opportunities for artists with disabilities

Links from Midatlantic Arts

VSA ART of MA serves individuals with disabilities by creating opportunities for participation in the arts and integration into the cultural and educational mainstream of our communities.


Dance Scholarships (and a few grants)

Dance Scholarships primarily for training at associated institutions; US listing is mostly at college level.

Dance History and Dancing Personalities Today

Virtual Pillow An online treasury of dance performance clips filmed at Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshires from 1930s to today.

Jacob’s Pillow digitized archive, a treasurehouse of resources including a complete set of digitized programs from throughout the Pillow’s 84-season history.

Danza Organica’s Dance Research Online Forum for video interviews in Boston and beyond

Luminarium’s Backlight monthly web video series from the Boston dance scene

Hub Dance Narrative project, a timeline of Boston area dance history by Eugenia Kim

Congress on Research in Dance


Space for Dance Artists

Check our website for Spacefinder and Lyric Stage Studio rentals

Artists Space including tips on developing a space to support your practice
This list of artists’ Co-working spaces also includes some suitable for dancers and choreographers


Dance in Media

Dance Tech: International site for technology-enhanced dance activity and its Vimeo site

Dance Films Association: while most of their activity is in New York, check for regular competition submission guidelines

On The Boards TV Great contemporary dance film site from the leading presenter in Seattle

On Facebook (postings may overlap)

  • Boston Dance Alliance
  • Boston Dance Community
  • Boston Dancers & Choreographers
  • MADEO Massachusetts Dance Education Organization
  • Dance Research Online Forum moderated by Marsha Parrilla
  • Dance Entrepreneurs Funding Think Tank moderated by Kat Nasti
  • Boston Flash Reviews moderated by Kelley Donovan
  • Kinebago
  • International Women’s Artist Salon Meeting, Boston Chapter, meets 15th of every month, all types of artists welcome
  • Dance Teachers of NH MA & ME

Dance Action Network subscribe to this listserve at


Local Dance Coverage Online

Original features and reviews

Arts story aggregators


Inspiration for Artists — and Everyone Else!

Our colleague Rachel Boggia at Bates College asked her Facebook network to recommend resources about artistic practice for her students. Here’s the list, in no particular order; BDA is not including the names of the original recommenders since we did not have their permission.

Please add your favorites by sending them to and let us know if we can identify these as your contribution to the discussion.

Boston dancer Carl Alleyne on motivation

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Anna Deveare Smith’s work, Letters to a Young Artist.

Are We Here Yet? by Meg Stuart,

Drafting Interior Techniques by Steve Paxton

The Courage To Create by Rolo May

Liz Lerman — Hiking the Horizontal

Local Acts, by Jan Cohen-Cruz

Paulus Berensohn’s Finding One’s Way with Clay

Carol Lloyd’s Creating a Life Worth Living

Simon Callow’s Being an Actor

Annie Lamott’s Bird by Bird

Susan Rethorst A Choreographic Mind

Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg

Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino

“My Body the Buddhist” by Deborah Hay

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art  by S. Nachmanovitch

Peter Handke, The Weight of the World.

And Then You Act by Anne Bogart

Twyla Tharp’s books The Creative Habit and  The Collaborative Habit

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Steven Pressfield: “Do The Work!”

Miranda Tuffnel’s Body Space Image

Andrea Olsen’s The Place of Dance

Danny Lewis’s The Illustrated Dance Technique of Jose Limon

Jeanette Winterson’s Art Objects (first chapter)

Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion, an Unlikely Ballerina, recommended by Reme Gold

Baroque dancer Ken Pierce suggests a number of European treatises, including  Pierre Rameau, Le Maître a Damser, Kellom Tomlinson, The Art of Dancing,Thoinot Arbeau, Orchesography, Fabritio Caroso, Il Ballarino, and to a lesser extent: Fabritio Caroso, Nobiltà di Dame, Cesare Negri, Le Gratie d’Amore,  John Weaver, Anatomical and mechanical lectures upon dancing and Gennaro Magri’s, Trattato teoretico-prattico di ballo



How much do you need to live in Boston?

Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding communities are expensive places to live. This is an especially significant issue for dancers and choreographers, whose rehearsals are often unpaid and performances are compensated at an average of $100 per performance. This is a problem across  the dance field: in fact, many dancers feel Boston is a more equitable community for artists than many in the United States.

BDA is working with our cultural colleagues to try to expand budgets and opportunities. We can report that our community is better served now than just a few short years ago. But we still have much work ahead. The good news is that Boston area  artists are great at squeezing maximum benefit from limited resources!

As you settle here, check out this handy tool: