2015 Open Call Audition — Photo by Christopher Huang
2015 Open Call Audition — Photo by Christopher Huang

Our Mission

BOSTON DANCE ALLIANCE builds capacity for dance by identifying and creating shared resources, information, and productive partnerships to help dance flourish across the Boston metropolitan area and New England region. We are an independent service  organization representing dancers, choreographers, teachers, presenters, allied arts and cultural professionals, arts journalists and scholars, wellness and health providers, and dance enthusiasts brought together across dance genres and geographies.

BDA strives to increase cultural equity and access to dance for diverse communities, build dance audiences, and promote quality and sustainability.

BDA Programs and Services

Boston Dance Alliance’s services to our members and the broader dance community include a rentable, portable sprung wood floor enabling dancers to present their work safely in any setting; an annual Dancewear Distribution initiative that provides shoes and clothing to financially disadvantaged dancers of all ages; an annual Open Call Audition that attracts dancers and choreographers across a variety of genres; Dancer Health Day, providing dancers with wellness screenings; information about studios available to rent from Kittery to the Cape; fiscal sponsorship to aid unincorporated companies and dance projects in fundraising; the Boston Dancemakers Residency in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts; professional development consulting and workshops; convening of regional dancers with disabilities to improve access for all; and the region’s most comprehensive dance calendar of performances, classes, workshops, and auditions, amplified in BDA’s weekly Pro/Motion newsletter.

Acting as advocates for dance at the local, regional, and national level, Boston Dance Alliance encourages the dance community in turn to advocate for important cultural initiatives. Boston Dance Alliance is a proud member of MASSCreative, advocating for arts and culture across the Commonwealth.

 Boston Dance Alliance was honored to be named one of four statewide finalists for a 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Small Nonprofit category by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

 Boston Dance Alliance is a member of Dance/USA’s Service Organization Council and DeafandDisability Affinity Group.

Boston Dance Alliance is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.