Congratulations to 2023-2024 Boston Dancemakers Residency Grantees Simon Montalvo and Laila J. Franklin!



Simon will be using their residency year to develop “a house with no walls: first floor.” It’s a project they describe as “a living archive of transgender and gender non-conforming people’s experiences, shared through movement, objects, and the deep intimacy of what it is to be seen as all you are.”



Laila will be developing her piece BABYBABYBABY during her residency year, a piece she describes as one that “taps into feelings of budding romance, when falling in love is silly and fast and sexy and devastating and you are brilliant and stupid and spellbound.”


The Boston Dancemakers Residency supports Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt or reinvent their creative process.

Produced through a partnership between Boston Dance Alliance (BDA) and Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and need dedicated time and space to be fully realized. Designed to promote artistic growth and the development of original ensemble work, dancemakers will be offered support for research, development, rehearsal, financial and production phases of their project.
Resources include a regional three-day retreat, ten weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, dancemaker and collaborator stipends, production and marketing support for work-in-progress showings, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers.
The Boston Dancemakers Residency is adjudicated by an independent panel based on the artist’s video sample, proposed concept, and the potential impact on the development of the artist’s career and risk taken in the creative process.



The Boston Dancemakers Residency is made possible with support from the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.