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 BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Volunteers wanted for July 22 Dance Parade and Festival along Boston Common modeled on the organization’s New York program. Contact is Kathryn Boland, 401-864-1557, email@example.com, no specific deadline given but it makes sense to apply as soon as you know you are interested.
FEBRUARY 2017 DEADLINES
The Cambridge Arts Council is issuing a call for proposals to perform on the Interactive Dance Stage at the 2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival on Saturday June 3rd. Performance slots are 45-50 minutes each, with 20-30 minutes dedicated to performance and demonstration followed by 20-30 minutes of participatory community dancing! Honorarium is $250. Deadline is Wednesday, February 15th at 11:59 pm.
Win a chance to dance on the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out stage in 2017! Chance to Dance is a viewer-selected online competition that allows the public, peers, and fans of artists to vote on their inclusion. All styles welcome. Submissions to the contest will be accepted from February 6-20, 2017; voting is open to the public on PillowTV, the Jacob’s Pillow YouTube channel, from February 21-26.
The City of Somerville is accepting applications for two unique community festivals, The Tiny Great Outdoors Festival, a celebration of urban wildlife and spring at Somerville’s tiniest “urban wild” in April, and The How To Fix The World Festival, a mini world’s fair about how to save the world, in June. Artists working in culturally-specific forms are welcome! Application process is free. Deadline to apply for either is Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Non-inauguration dance for Donald Trump — Marcus Schulkind is creating a new choreographic competition in any style of dance, the competition consists of using a song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Mikado called “I’ve got a little list” It is about 2.5 to 3 minutes. Applications may be solo or group and first prize is $1,000. All entries, including the winner, will be sent to The President in March.
Contact Marcus on Facebook if you intend to enter. Entries are due on Feb 21,2017. Here, as a public service from BDA, is a classic “straight” version of the song; you can also search to find many parodies and the complete lyrics.
The Third Life Studio Choreographer Series is an informal performance in Somerville. The Series gives Boston area choreographers a venue to try out new work in an informal setting or to show more developed work. The intimate setting of Third Life Studios creates an opportunity for busy dance artists to see one each others work, to network and for audience members to see and meet established artist and up and coming dancers and choreographers they might not otherwise be exposed to. The Series has presented over 120 Boston dance groups and choreographers from NYC, Vermont, Philadelphia and CT in its first five years. Deadline Feb. 28th to apply for Friday, March 31st 8pm
MARCH 2017 DEADLINES
National Dance Project production grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring that work to their communities. The preliminary deadline is March 1, 2017.
The Harvard Square MayFair will be on Sunday, May 7th and Deborah Mason and the Cambridge Youth Dance Program will once again be producing the Dance Stage. Visit the Deborah Mason School of Dance website and apply to perform! Deadline is Monday, March 13th.
Bodies and Choices produced by Nozama Dance Collective, will be centered around the theme of female empowerment. Pieces can be a maximum of 8 minutes long. Though this piece focuses on female empowerment, we want to clarify that this is not restricted to just female performers. This performance will take place on August 4th and 5th, 2017 at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. Deadline to apply is March 15th, 2017.
MAY 2017 DEADLINES
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
Looking for national or international choreographic opportunities? Check out Dance/USA
Planning a festival? Mass Cultural Council deadlines are March 15, 2017 and 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.