Choreography and Dancer Opportunities

BDA publishes 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.

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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 Jobs page 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.  Rolling deadlines.


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.



Massachusetts Cultural Council choreography grants are only offered every other year and now is the time to apply!  The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously-judged, competitive grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000, in recognition of artistic excellence,  Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018.

Propose dance for the Boston Public Library! BPL seeks partners for adult and youth programming for the Central Library in Copley Square and the twenty-five neighborhood locations during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Program proposals should be in support of the Library’s activities, collections, and strategic plan with a focus on one or more of the following themes: social justice, racial equity, arts & culture, education, immigration, and civic engagement. Deadline January 29, 2018.



New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants ranging between $500 and $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Eligible opportunities include but are not limited to residencies; research trips, conferences, workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning, publication expenses, documentation, video shoots, or artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; or mentorship. Deadline February 9, 2018

ARTWEEK will be held statewide from April 27 – May 6, 2018 with hundreds of creative events are expected to be featured throughout the Commonwealth’s six regions:  Greater Boston, North of Boston, South of Boston, Cape & Islands, Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts. Deadline is February 28.



DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY  10th Annual DWC Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Cambridge is now accepting applications. The indoor/outdoor festival features free performances on five stages and introductory-level dance classes in all forms of dance. “Early Bird” Application Deadline Thursday, March 22, 2018; Application Deadline: Thursday, April 12, 2018



Boston Dancemakers Residency, a new partnership between Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts,  provides 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 for two local dancemakers engaged in creating original ensemble work. You must be a BDA member to apply. Deadline April 16.


Looking for national or international choreographic opportunities and auditions? Check out the listings in Dance/USA