Choreography, Dancer, and Teaching Artist Opportunities

BDA publishes calls for participation for upcoming local opportunities for Boston area choreographers, dancers, and teaching artists 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information. Past deadlines will not appear on this list.

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Need a fiscal sponsor in order to apply for a grant opportunity? Check out the information here and get in touch with us to learn more.

Dancers, looking for other jobs? Come to the BDA Open Call Audition in the fall and check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.



Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan. Thirty day Central Square space residencies can be renewed on a month to month basis with  8-9 hours per week minimum space rental at $7 per hour. Resident artist will have a short informal showing in the late spring date TBA. Choreographers must come in person to view the space to discuss scheduling options and the parameters of use of the space.

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.

Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program. Dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000 are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly  national dancer orientation. All dancers, from early career to mid-career to retired from performing, can work with career counselors – at no cost –  in person or remotely. 


MAY 2019

Dance organizations are encouraged to partner with Fort Point Theatre Channel in their LAB-funded “Tempest Reconfigured” project by creating ten minute vignettes that deal with themes such as the consequences of colonialism, racism, gender stereotypes, immigration, and climate change. Performances will be in the partners’ facilities or neighborhoods and in citywide central locations through late 2019. Stipend offered. Express interest ASAP to Wanda Struckus at

Perform at MetaMovementsSalsa In The Park (SITP)! All performance genres invited to apply for weekly outdoor events in salsa instruction, artistic performances, social dancing, timba line dancing and more every Monday 6pm-9pm (showtime around 7:15pm) from June 10th through end of August. Selection process will begin in May 2019 and slots tend to fill up fast.

Luminarium Dance‘s 24-Hr ChoreoFest at Green Street Studios provides a fun, overnight microresidency starting at 8pm on June 21st. Deadline May 10. Show up, create new dance overnight, build community amongst your fellow creators, and share your work-in-progress in concert. This year the creation period of the festival will be held between June 21 (8pm) and June 22 (8am), with a showcase the evening of June 23.

City of Boston Artist Fellowship awards  invests in the advancement of mid-career artists living in Boston. This direct, $10,000  unrestricted award aims to recognize exceptional original artistic work throughout the city, with the goal of helping recipients advance their careers and continue their work in Boston with success. Deadline is May 17.

City of Boston Project Partnership grant provides up to $10,000 to elevate recurring events and programs that create opportunities for Boston artists and make arts opportunities accessible to everyone, in every neighborhood. Priorities include projects that amplify the work of artists from under-represented communities, including communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, people with disabilities, and others and projects which highlight art traditions and disciplines that currently lack visibility in Boston.  Deadline is May 17.

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 2019   Urbanity’s annual festival of local and out of town dance companies returns.  Deadline is May 30th, 2019.


Boston Dance Alliance does not post jobs or opportunities outside of New England, but there are other aggregation sites you can check.

Dance/USA posts national and international jobs and auditions for dancers, choreographers and administrators.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance has begun to list jobs; while many of these duplicate other national postings, dancers/dancemakers of color may want to subscribe.