Dance Flowers Through April Showers


Swing Dance at The Moldova Restaurant in Newton Tuesday April 25 with lessons by Kellian and Brian Pletcher from 7-8PM and social dance to the sounds of live music by Gray Gafarov 8-10PM.


Pink and white poster for "The Lunch Room" with event date and time and Evita's cast members photos.

Join A.R.T. live from the Evita rehearsal room to hear from cast members about their experience bringing the revival of the Tony winning musical to life. The virtual event is Wednesday, April 26, 2:15 PM


Fire in little Africa poster with black and white photo of large group of people in front of a building.

Harvard Dance Center partners with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research to host Fire in Little Africa (FILA), a multimedia hip-hop project commemorating the 1921 massacre of Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood known as ‘Black Wall Street,’ from 2023 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow, Dr. View. Free and open to the public! Limited seating: chairs are first-come, first-served, everyone else standing room (RSVP’s are prioritized but do not guarantee a seat). You can also attend via livestreamWednesday, April 26, 6 PM, Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge.


Fafali group in blue matching t-shirts playing their drums.

Experience the irresistible rhythms of Ghana with Fafali, the Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble of the Brandeis Music Department. Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis, Waltham.


IJ Chan leans side body on Olivia Moon (who is lunging), while lifting one leg. Jeryl has one hand on the floor and hinges back bending one leg deeply and the other extended up to the same direction as IJ's.

BOLT is a multidisciplinary performance uplifting femme voices from the Asian-American diaspora. BOLT will explore themes such as belonging, identity, and heritage: a merging of past and present. Featuring choreography by IJ Chan, Jeryl Palana Pilapil Brown, and Olivia Moon on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge.


Dancer jumps with both legs bend and staggered while reaching arms up and bending back to look up.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage season concludes with Limitless Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April, 30. The lineup for this year’s showcase includes three  reconstructions: 18+1 by Gustavo Sansano, D-Man in the Waters by Bill T. Jones, and The Constant Shift of Pulse by Doug Varone. In addition, choreographer Aszure Barton created a new work specially for Boston Conservatory dance students to be premiered at this concert.


Body Resonance Butoh Workshop poster with title and dates over a photo of a dancer with long dark hair in a red costume whipping hair up and back lifting sand off the floor.

Body Resonance Butoh Workshop with Yumiko Yoshioka starts from the idea that the world consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to that frequency, we receive images, feelings and sensations accordingly. In effect, we make a canvas of our body to paint new color onto. Friday, April 28, 6-9 PM, Saturday, April 29, 1-5 PM and Sunday, April 30, 10 AM-3 PM at the Dance Complex. Register at


7th Annual Can't Stop Hip Hop Conference poster with 3 black and white historic photos and event date.

HipHopEX hosts the 7th Annual Can’t Stop Hip Hop Conference. To honor Hip Hop’s upcoming 50th birthday, they are gathering in joy and celebration. Join for performances, panels, and interactive workshops led by local and national Hip Hop artists. Free to attend; registration encouraged. ASL interpretation available. Friday, April 28, 6:30-8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 29, 2023 9:30 AM-6:00 PM at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge.


Two performers with clothesline clips on their noses open their mouths seemingly screaming in fright as they look stage right.

Grab your garbage bags, pick up the recycling, and get ready to laugh and cheer as this repurposed circus turns trash into treasure!  “One Man’s Trash” is ready to prove what they’re capable of–what we’re all capable of–together. Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM at Boston University, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.


STOMP performers on stage dancing with suitcases.

STOMP returns to UMass Amherst’s Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall. STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique. The eight-member troupe uses matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps — to fill the stage with rhythms. Friday, April 28, 8 PM, and Saturday, April 29, 2 & 8 PM, at 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA.


Multiple people in a large ballroom dancing holding hands in a large circle shape.

The Folk Arts Center’s Friday Night Folk Dancing series features international folk dancing, twice monthly. Marcie Van Cleave and guest teachers lead evenings where, several dances are taught or called and most others can be followed by watching the leading dancers. No dance experience or partner required. Fridays, April 28, May 5 & 12, June 2 & 16, 8:00-10:30 PM at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights.


Multiple young ballerinas in yellow leotards and skirts in two lines: the back line stands and the front line sits. They all wrap their arms around each other.

Koltun Ballet Boston opens the doors to its Watertown studios, inviting parents, potential students and community for a look behind the scenes of the award-winning organization. Visitors can tour the state-of-the-art facilities, watch classes for youth 8-18 years (beginner to pre-professional), meet co-founders Alexandra Koltun and Alex Lapshin along with KBB’s outstanding faculty, talk with current parents and students (including winners of the 2023 Youth America Grand Prix dance competition in February), and enjoy refreshments. RSVP via website or emailing info@koltunballetboston.comSaturday, April 29, 10 AM – 3 PM, 23 Main St., Watertown.


Dancer in black leggings and black cropped top jumps with both legs bent and staggered with one arm bend over head and the other bent in front of chest with long hair swishing to the sides.

ARTS FIRST Performance Fair features dance, acappella singing, poetry, magic, comedy and more. Performances run nonstop on 9 stages in and around Harvard Yard and showcase the talent and creativity of Harvard students, faculty, staff and alums. DanceFest, a celebration of dance traditions from around the world, takes over the Plaza tent. Free and open to the public. Saturday, April 29, 11:30 AM-5:00 PM at the Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge.


Culture X poster with multiple young dancers holding open fans in a circular formation.

Culture X celebrates diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism on the Brandeis campus. Every year, dozens of student performers educate and entertain through dance, music, poetry and other forms of artistic expression, making Culture X one of the most popular shows on campus. Saturday, April 29, 6 PM at the Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center, Brandeis, Waltham MA.


Spring's Renewal poster with event information displayed over illustrated photo of ballerina sitting on the floor, facing back, with one leg bent and one leg extend back


Northeast Youth Ballet presents Spring’s Renewal, featuring the talent of the pre-professional dancers of The Conservatory at NSB and returning guest artist Aram Hengen. The 28 young and versatile company members will perform three very different ballets in NYB’s repertoire, celebrating the awakening of the season Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 30, 2:00 PM at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover, MA.


Dancer on one knee opens arms to sides and looks over left shoulder while red fabric floats in the background.

Emmanuel Music’s This Love Unbound features work by Shura Baryshnikov, in collaboration with Urbanity DanceSaturday, April 29, 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 30, 3:00 PM, at the Arts at the Armory, Somerville. After Sunday’s performance attend a panel discussion and delve into the intricacies of the creative process for multi-disciplinary art moderated by Megan Bisceglia.


Dancers at an outdoor stage hold hands and raise them up right before a bow.

2GETHER presented by Pantos Project Dance Ensemble happens Saturday, April 29, 8 PM, at Mass Motion Dance Boston, 100 Holton Street, Boston. The adult collective presents works by ensemble co-director, Marissa Masson and ensemble choreographers, Nikki Blades, Lindsey Calabretta, Mallory Ingram, Shirin Kuppusamy, Emma Limperis, Rianna Lindsey, Savannah Melo, Caitriona O’Doherty, and Alyssa Vacca. Joining the ensemble, PPD’s youth company, the MOVERS, will present Reaching in the Dark and premier a quartet, Flowers in your Hair by Kat Pantos assisted by Kendall Bush.


Dancer bends backwards holding an open book over face in a wide stance in front of a book shelf and a stack of books on nightstand.

Alive Dance Collective presents INK in Motion Saturday, April 29, 8 PM and Sunday, April 30, 2 PM at the Cambridge Foundry, 101 Rodgers St., Cambridge. The performance explores all things literary and features Monkeyhouse and detritus dance, 3 local musicians, and a collaboration with local children’s author Toni Buzzeo, Contact with any questions or access needs.


aMaSSiT pitch sessions poster with event information displayed in white and pink font over a darkened photo of a circle of artists having a conversation.

aMaSSiT presents works in progress by nine local choreographers through pitch sessions designed to propel them further towards realizing their ambitious dance creations. Join to see what they have been up to and help shape these works through your feedback. The show Saturday, April 29 at 8 PM features CJ Donohoe, Brooke Frieling, Laura Sanchez, Annabelle Schultze, Ananth Udupa. Sunday, April 30 at 7 PM features Libby Bullinger, Mira Göksel, Simon Montalvo and Nora Stephens. Both sessions will be held at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.


Triveni School of Dancein Brookline led by Neena Gulati, celebrates its Golden anniversary with a special afternoon of classical Indian Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi dance at the wheelchair accessible Strand Theater on April 30 at 2 PM and it’s all free!


Community Classes & conversation poster with multiple participants in a room with their backs to the camera raising their arms up and slightly gazing up to their hands.

Join Motion State Arts & Metamorphosis Dance Co. for a day of classes and their third Community Conversation! From 12:00-2:45 PM enjoy donation based classes including Mindful Movement and Contemporary Technique. From 3 – 5 PM join the free Community Conversation about movement training and the infrastructures that exist and/or are desired in support of the dance community’s movement practices. Sunday, April 30 at Metamorphosis Dance Company, TEN31 Productions, 249 Roosevelt Ave, Suite 11, Pawtucket, RI.



Audition notice for Kristin Wagner's "Dreaming with the Body" with a photo of Kristin on the floor and with bright white light on her face, removing any details from her face other than her bangs.

Audition Announcement! Kristin Wagner seeks 4-5 modern-contemporary dance artists of any gender identity for an upcoming production in Worcester. Rehearsals will take place in Sudbury. Dancers will be paid $15/hour for an estimated 96 hours of rehearsal, and $20/hour for an estimated of 12 hours in the theater on MISC-1099.  Performances are December 15-16, 2023 at the JMAC Worcester Brickbox Theater. Apply by Sunday, April 30. Invites to in-person auditions will be sent by May 10 with final decisions to be made by June 25.


Ohio State University is conducting research on the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the creative economy. Share your experiences and become a part of a national longitudinal study to help understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll earn a $40 Amazon gift card for your time. Online Zoom video conference lasts approximately 90 minutes. You must have lived in the USA during the pandemic and be 18 or older.


Photo of cruise performance with neon lights.

Royal Caribbean Productions is holding dancer and vocalist auditions on Thursday, May 4 at the Dance Complex. Audition for contemporary, jazz, theater dance, showgirl, and hip hop styles. Additionally, they are seeking mature, versatile vocalists who can harmonize and perform a wide variety of music. Must be 18+ and auditionees will be seen by appointment only. Royal Caribbean welcomes performers of all gender identities, abilities/exceptionalities, and body types.


If you teach dance at a Massachusetts community college, a scholar wants you to participate in a dissertation survey. Both part-time and full-time teachers teaching teach dance coursework during the academic school year 2022-2023 (including but not limited to technique, theory, history, etc.) are invited to participate.


Submissions are now open for this year’s Boston Dance Film Festival taking place on October 21, at the
Somerville Theater. Submit by August 9!



Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive audition poster with 5 dancers in black leotards and light pink tights holding a passé on pointe at the barre.

Young dancers ages 10-19  can audition in-person for the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre 2023 Summer Intensive Program  at the Cambridge studio (400 Harvard Street), Sunday, April 30, 4:00-5:30 PM. Students should audition with the group for the age they will be on July 3, 2023. If you can’t make the in-person audition, video auditions are accepted until Sunday April 30.


Dancer in black dress in a wide stance reaches both arms up interlacing fingers.

Calling intermediate / advanced teen dancers in the Boston area! Apply to be a part of ZACHOR’s free teen intensive! This year, focus will be on choreography for a dance film investigating the music, story and legacy of composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Mornings include a contemporary technique class followed by an improvisation and composition class; afternoons include discussions of Weinberg’s story, guest speakers, and collective choreographic work. Participants will explore their creative voices, and develop skills for leadership, collaboration, and communication. Email with subject line “ZACHOR Teen Intensive” with any questions. Apply by May 22.


co/motion poster with intensive's dates and faculty names and artistic colorful dance photos of them forming a circle.

Co/motion is a dance and movement intensive designed to bring together a dynamic group of Boston movement artists. Our mission is to give dancers, particularly professionals, a space to immerse themselves in great dancing for a week with opportunities for rigor and space for listening to the body. We explore how we want to show up in community, creating pure connections and authenticity in movement.  Classes include Somatic Ballet with Adrian Hoffman, Contemporary with Nicole Von Arx and Mark Caserts, Upside Down and Contemporary Partnering with Jun Kuribayashi, and Creative Process with Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern. Apply by Sunday, April 30. Email with questions.


Masary Studio’s collaboration with dancers at Boston’s Museum of Science, Data Choreographics, brings a fresh perspective to the buzz about A.

Those April showers are bringing flowers across our community and this means you only have two more weeks to take advantage of the Early Bird discount for BDA’s 2023 Gala honoring Ann Brown Allen, Dianne Walker, Deborah Mason and Steve Adelson on June 15.

Don’t wait — and invite your friends to what’s sure to be a sparkling evening.

Best wishes,

Debra Cash, Executive Director