Choreography and Dancer Opportunities

BDA is publishing calls for participation for upcoming opportunities for Boston area choreographers 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.

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For the time being, this information has to be submitted manually, so please send any information/corrections/additions to




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.


Peterborough Dance Theatre in New Hampshire is always looking for Guest Artist Choreographers to set new works on a variety of styles on its Youth Performing Company.  This is a “Non-Competition” dance studio, choosing to focus more on dance as an art.



FLOW: A Grant Program for The Port is funded by percent-for-art funds attached to The Port Project construction work in Cambridge. $300,000 in funding is available. Multiple projects will be selected through this one-time grant program.  Deadline is May 1, 2017

Carpeted rehearsal space for one year at Mass Eye and Ear Alternative Space Pilot Program. The goal is to help make underused private spaces available to artists. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture helps match arts groups and artists to available spaces on a regular basis. Commitments to a space are for at least one year. The selected artists or group will enter into an agreement with Massachusetts Eye and Ear for a year of free rehearsal space. The space is open thanks to Mayor Walsh, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. Deadline May 5, 2017, at 5:00PM.
Boston Cultural Council Opportunity Fund is open for its next round of funding for artists. Grants are available to individual artists for materials, professional development costs, conference fees, and stipends for teaching artists. Applicants are available on a monthly basis 10 months out of the year. Applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding. May deadline TBD

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival is August 12th, 2017 with shows at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Artists and organizations may submit up to 5 pieces. Applications are due by May 15, 2017Please email with any questions.

 CreateWell Fund program for artists of color in the Boston area (within 495).  Grants will be awarded based on their proposal needs and requests, for 1) creating a new original art project honoring one’s authentic artistry and 2) achieving a realistic wellness goal tending to a critical aspect of one’s well-being. The CreateWell Fund will award two to four select individuals $1200 up to $6000, for discrete projects lasting up to one-year in duration.  Deadline is  MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017, 11:59:59PM


Looking for national or international choreographic opportunities? Check out Dance/USA

Planning a festival? Mass Cultural Council deadlines are  September 15, 2017 

Looking for a general list of local residencies happening over the course of the year? BDA brings them together here


BDA member Jessica Muise, Artistic Director and choreographer of Intimations Dance created this list of choreographic opportunities in our community and has graciously allowed us to share it. Please let us know if there is anything that needs to be updated.


Performance Opportunities
AS220/ 95 Empire Dance Works in ProcessE-mail  for more information or an application.
Waltham River Fest
Two Roads/Dance in the Fells Fells Reservation
Arlington Alive
Figment Project
The Dance Complex RFP
The Summer Choreography Project
National Dance Day
12 Dancers DancingEmail discobrats@hotmail.comCambridge
One Day One Dance for Peace
National Choreography Monthhttp://www.nachmo.orgCambridge
Southern Vermont Dance Festivalhttp://southernvermontdancefestival.comVermont
Elm City Dance Festivalwww.elmcitydance.orgHartford
SOMDance, MA
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival


Somerville, MA
Dance for World Communityhttp://www.danceforworldcommunity.orgCambridge
Cambridge River Fest, MA
dance anywherehttp://www.danceanywhere.organywhere
Boston Summer Arts Weekend
Massachusetts Dance Festival
Global Water DancesEmail Elaine Sisler,, (h) 978-371-9833; (c) 978-831-4920Concord
Across the Ages Dance Project
Peaked Hill Trust Residency, MA
Fowler Dune Shack residency, MA
EarthDance Residency
Dragon’s Egg Residency, CT
The Yard residencies, MA
We Create
Calamity & Co
NaveGalleryhttp://navegallery.orgSomerville, MA
Festival of the Moving Body
Jacob’s Pillow – Inside/Out