Dance Advocacy Across the Region
Massachusetts Cultural Council: Join their email list!
MassCreative: Arts advocacy throughout the Commonwealth
Americans for the Arts Lobbying and news at the federal level, especially good on arts education
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.
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
Space for Dance Artists
Dance in Media
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://artshacker.com/handy-living-wage-calculator/