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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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. Choreographers must show the results of their work in an informal showing in spring TBD.

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.




Perform at BAMS Festival 2019This epic, multistage, fun-for-fall festival aims to promote, connect and celebrate Afro-centric culture, heritage, and contributions through art, music, food and entertainment. Deadline January 31, 2019



OnStage Dance Company presents OnStage 360°, a performance series of dance work performed in the round.  Performance March 30, 2019. Deadline February 3, 2019. $5 application fee.

Jacob’s Pillow  Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest, a crowd-sourced online competition that allows dance fans from all around the world to have a say in who gets to perform on the Inside/Out stage ton August 17 is open for applications. Deadline Feb 8, 2019

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund supports activity taking place April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020 with small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. You must have a profile on the Creative Ground website (free) to apply. Deadline is February 8, 2019

The Dance Complex’s Annual Festival of Us, You, We, & Themwill take place June 21, 22, & 23.  Artists may use this opportunity to find new collaborators, present works-in-progress, lead new workshops, hold open rehearsals, demonstrate new styles, blend movement and new mediums, and provide accessibility for every body to join in the dance. Deadline is February 10, 2019.

Natalie Johnson Dance presents their inaugural Boston performance, “Nice to Miss You,” featuring several Guest Artists. Shows March 23 and 24 at the Somerville Armory, all dance styles welcome to apply. Application is due Feb 15, 2019; $10 to apply.

Art Week events are unique experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative economy. This year Art Week is April 26-May 5. Application deadline February 22, 2019

MARCH 2019

The Boston Dancemakers Residency, a partnership between Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts, is a comprehensive award designed to support two experienced dancemakers in the development of original ensemble work by providing research, development, rehearsal, financial and production resources. These resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, a dancemaker stipend and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers. Information session is January 29, 2019, and deadline for applications is March 1, 2019 by 5 pm

National Dance Project (NDP) Production grant inquiry phase for dance performances taking place January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2022 has a deadline of March 1, 2019

Festivals grants available to support Spring and Summer programming March 15 deadline

Dance for World Community will be held in Cambridge June 8, 2019 with five stages.   Application deadline for performers and instructors is Thursday, March 28, 2019


APRIL 2019

Xsection: A Dance and Science Film Festival sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance – science – film. AAll selected films will be screened at the live event at Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA in June 2019.  XSFF will accept up to 20 films (3:14 minutes and under). XSFF will consider both emerging and professional artists and provide a platform for screening, feedback sessions, and networking opportunities. Deadline April 30, 2019

MAY 2019

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.