BDA Open Call Audition

 The 2018 BDA Open Call Audition  and

Dancer Health Day


Join Boston Dance Alliance for an inspiring day of master classes*, professional opportunities, wellness, and community building!

NEW! Afro-Caribbean class, appropriate for those wishing to perform with African diasporic/fusion companies and projects.

It all happens at the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Central Square Cambridge

Space for each class is limited, so register now!

STAGE SOURCE MEMBER CHOREOGRAPHERS: We love to see you at the Audition! Please email Kristen San Miguel to register.




9:15 On-site registration and sign-in (top of stairs in the Dance Complex lobby)  Registration continues throughout the day.

Warm up space is available from 9:15 a.m. – 3 :30 p.m. in Studio 4. Please come to audition classes warmed up and ready to dance.

10 a.m. -11 a.m.  Ballet  with Janelle Gilchrist

11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Modern/Contemporary (first of two**)   with Kurt Douglas

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m  Modern/Contemporary (second of two**)  with Kurt Douglas

**Participants may only take one Modern/Contemporary class

2:15- 3:15 Jazz  with Jim Viera

NEW! 3:30-4:30 Afro-Caribbean  with “Lady” Elizabeth Pabon-Szebeda


Dancers register here. *Classes $5 each and no one gets cut during the audition! You must be 18+

Choreographers and company directors registration here.  Choreographers and company directors must be current BDA or Stage Source members to watch and get information about the dancers they want to contact after the audition. Not a BDA member yet? Join here

Just a dance lover who wants to observe the BDA’s marquee fall activity? You are welcome to join us, but you will not be able to follow-up with the dancers. Register here.

Snacks for the dancers courtesy of our friends at Wegmans.

2018 Dancer Health Day

With generous sponsorship from Spaulding Outpatient Centers — Dance Medicine Program and under the leadership of BDA Board member Dr. Lauren Elson, director of the Spaulding Dance Medicine program, Boston Dance Alliance repeats last fall’s popular day of dancer wellness screenings!

This valuable national program brings together experienced clinicians from Spaulding Outpatient Centers Dance Medicine Program, Children’s Hospital, the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and private practice to flag medical issues and keep you dancing your best.

Get your questions answered and the referrals you need for physicians, physical therapists, alternative practitioners, and more.

Freelance professional dancers and very active recreational dancers are strongly encouraged to participate.

Space is limited and appointments early in the day are recommended.  All exams are conducted clothed.

You do not have to participate in the BDA Open Call Audition, happening at the same time elsewhere at the Dance Complex, to participate in the Dancer Health Day screenings, but preregistration is strongly recommended. Suggested donation is $5 for BDA members, $15 for nonmembers. 

Register NOW here

Please download the confidential health questionnaire here. Fill it out at home and bring it with you to streamline your experience.




2018 Open-Call Audition Teacher Bios

Originally from Stoneham, Mass., Janelle Gilchrist developed her skills and expertise through studies at Harriet Hoctor Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Broadway Theater Project, Concord Academy, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Hartt School in Connecticut where she earned a BFA in Dance. Ms. Gilchrist’s training led to roles as a lead dancer at the Hartford Ballet, the New Jersey Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, the “Urban Nutcracker,” and Tony Williams Ballet. Janelle is principal of the Jose Mateo Ballet School in Dorchester and director of her own company. She also teaches ballet at Tony Williams Dance Center, Step by Step, and in Boston University’s summer Reach intensive/service program for teens.
Jim Viera has taught at the Boston Conservatory since 1982 and for many years directed Boston Youth Moves at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. A choreographer for industrials and benefits including those featuring Rita Moreno, Gregory Hines, Grace Jones, and Harry Connick Jr., and dancer with many leading jazz and modern companies, Jim studied dance at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst under the direction of Richard Jones and holds four certificates of pedagogy in Lester Horton Technique from the Ailey Extension school in New York.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee associate professor of dance and noted Limon reconstructor Kurt Douglas is originally from Guyana. Kurt is a graduate of New York’s LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, earned a B.F.A. in dance from Boston Conservatory, and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University. After graduating from the Conservatory he joined the Limón Dance Company, where he performed in many of Limón’s most influential works. He has danced with the Lar Lubovitch company, toured internationally in A Chorus Line, and received a 2002 Princess Grace Award and was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2006 “Top 25 to Watch.”
“Lady” Elizabeth Pabon-Szebeda was born and raised in Boston to a family of performers and educators where she grew up learning the importance of music and dance in education and community building. She is percussionist, singer and dancer, with expertise in Afro Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Hip Hop, and Salsa. With a BA in Communications Studies and Theater Arts from Bridgewater State University, she has been an integral part of the development of local nonprofits and artist collectives like Reflect & Strengthen, MetaMovements, Kilombo Novo Capoeria Angola, Critical Breakdown and Bomba Sankofa, and has been a key participant in Metamovement’s projects, including Salsa in the Park.