BDA Open Call Audition!

Presented by Boston Dance Alliance
Brookline High School 60 Tappan Street , Brookline, MA
FREE for dancers and choreographers. Choreographers must be current members of BDA or StageSource)

It’s coming up Sept 18! Help us spread the word!

Every fall, approximately 100 Boston area dancers gather to audition for 40 different companies and choreographers by participating in a series of ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop classes. BDA’s Open Call Audition is one of the highlights of our year: a friendly day of dance, creating awareness and community across genres.

There are no cuts during the Open Call Audition; choreographers contact dancers they are interested in seeing again. Choreographers and companies include


  • DSundanceX
  • InEdit
  • Cambridge Dance Co
  • Kraus And…
  • Jennifer Lin
  • 40 Steps Dance
  • Dance Currents, Inc.
  • Nicole Laliberte
  • Sarah Craver
  • Glenna Clifton
  • Diahann Dance Movement Therapy Project

The Boston Dance Alliance’s Open Call Audition has been hugely helpful in connecting with talented dancers. Over the years, I have successfully brought four dancers into my company that I met at the audition, and three of those dancers are still with me in 2016!!!

— Jody Weber, Artistic Director, Weber Dance

We have assembled a great group of teachers you won’t want to miss

11 a.m. Ballet                                   Erica Cornejo

12:30  Modern Time Slot 1          Tommy Neblett

2:00 Modern Time Slot 2             Tommy Neblett

3:00 Jazz                                          Billy McLaughlin

4:15 Hip Hop                                   Carl Alleyne

Dancers can take one class — or four!

And as a special treat, Allyson Esposito of The Boston Foundation will be speaking at 1:30 about new opportunities for Boston-area choreographers.  Next Steps for Boston Dance (in partnership with the Aliad Fund) will support choreographers creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers. LAB (Live Arts Boston) will provide flexible, project-specific support to small entities and artists working in Greater Boston within the following disciplines: dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts and music. 

Erica Cornejo is a principal dancer at Boston Ballet. She trained at the Arts Institute of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires and at age 14, won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Argentina. A former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, she joined Boston Ballet in 2006. She is a founding director of Integrarte in Jamaica Plain, along with her husband, dancer Carlos Molina.

Tommy Neblett is Associate Director of the Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory. A noted performer and choreographer, he is also co-artistic director (with Diane Arvanites) of Prometheus Dance Company and The Elders Ensemble.

Billy McLaughlin is Dance Department Co-Chair at Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only high school for the performing and visual arts. In 2014, he was honored with the Outstanding Educator Advocate Award in Dance, as part of the Arts/Learning Artful Stem Symposium.

Carl Alleyne, “Mastermind” of the Boston Mobile Dance Studio, has danced and choreographed in many hip hop and commercial settings, and worked as a talent agent and DJ. He is a member of the Boston Dance Alliance’s Artist Advisory Panel.

BDA members, you can also sign up for free health and wellness  screenings and foot massages, 15 minutes each.

Melissa Buffer-Trenouth, MSPT will be available for free 15 minute 1 on 1 screenings throughout the audition.  Screenings can address injuries, concerns about aches or pains, or general dance wellness issues.  Melissa has been a licensed physical therapist for 11 years with an ongoing orthopedic and dance medicine specialty.  She regularly sees patients in the Sports and PT Associates/ATI Kendall Square location that she also manages.  Melissa can be reach via email at for any questions.

Register here for health and wellness screenings 

Our bodies are exquisite instruments that convey both the passion of creative expression and the inhibitions of fear and pain.  Creativity can be a delicate thing, easily perturbed by the world’s rough edges or the hard knots of buried fears and doubts.

Treat yourself to a free 15 minute foot massage by David Orr, a licensed massage therapist specializing in the treatment of dancers.

Register here for foot massages

Registration for the screenings and foot massages is on a first-come first-served basis. Please do not sign up for a session that occurs immediately before or after, or during any audition class you are taking. If any session runs behind, then you could miss your next session.

We are very grateful to Brookline High School and especially our wonderful host, Christien Polos, for making this possible.

Brookline High is accessible by public transportation at Brookline Hill Stations near Cypress and Tappan Streets. Parking is free.

Dancers register here    You must be 18 to register.

Choreographers register here  Not a member of BDA or Stage Source yet? You can become a member of BDA here