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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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


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. Reopens June 1, 2017

Temple Shalom in Newton seeks dance group of two to six or seven people to do a 20-30 minute performance on a Saturday evening in September. Apply now.



New grant open to artists living in the city of Boston. The fellowship takes place over 12 months. If you receive the fellowship, you’ll be asked to work with the City on one public event showcasing your work. Aside from a monetary award, you will receive professional development support, mentorship and collaborative programmatic support from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. Deadline Monday, July 10, 2017



We Create! Applications now open for artists working on theme of Metamorphosis. We are looking for artists that are interested in sharing their process of art making within their cohort, receiving support from other artists from other disciplines, and committed to creating high quality work to be presented to the community. Although the main creator must be a self-identified woman, men are welcome as performers. Festival performances  April 6-7, 2018. Deadline is August 25, 2017.


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