Dance Happens Here – and Everywhere!


BDA Open Call Audition Master Teachers

Most classes are limited to 35 and wellness screens are by appointment. Register today and don’t miss out on these great opportunities!


Children dance. One of them leaps forward with arms up.

Enjoy the free streaming version of PS DANCE! THE NEXT GENERATION, documenting how DEL dance mentors from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, MA lead students at Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, MA in a three-week dance intensive.


On the left, three headshots of Butoh Scholars. On the right, a dancer in a red dress rolls on the floor, with bent legs up and right side of chest on the floor.

Codemakers: Butoh Dance History and Innovation.
Butoh is one of the most innovative and politically-charged art forms to emerge from post-World War II Japan. Join scholars Tanya Calamoneri and Bruce Baird in conversation with Michael Sakamoto on Monday, September 12, 5 PM Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass Amherst and online.


Nic Gareiss, wearing a button down shirt and pants with suspenders, looks down and raises left arm gently while dancing.

Irish/Appalacian dancer Nic Gareiss performs percussive work at Club Passim in Cambridge live and online September 13 at 8pm  He is also offering a Percussive Dance Technique & Improvisation workshop for intermediate-advanced percussive dancers at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, September 15, 6:30-8 PM 


Dancer in black dress looks up and raises arms dancing to the beat of live drums.

The CreativeGround KickOff Event NEFA’s CreativeGround relaunches with a virtual event September 15 4-5PM. Learn how your state arts agencies and NEFA’s community partners are using the site to strengthen and uplift their communities, identify creatives and organizations for various professional and resource opportunities, and how you can get involved.


Kieran Jordan, Dance Movement Healing Arts logo: circle with 3 spirals in it and a dancer reaching right arm to the center of the circle and facing torso away from the circle.

Kieran Jordan’s Mindful Movement  resumes September 15, 7-8PM. This 60 minute online class invites students to come into awareness of their physical, mental and energetic bodies — with a movement experience that fosters grounding, presence, release, and energy flow. Drawing from somatic practices such as Bartenieff Fundamentals, Polarity Yoga and improvisation, this is a restorative and enlivening class. Come nourish yourself with a gentle reboot. No experience necessary – all are welcome.


Dancers on a lit stage, dance with multiple different colorful costumes.

Folk Arts Center’s Thursday Night Folk Dancing resumes on September 15 at 8 PM for twice monthly Thursday evening gatherings through June at  Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington Heights.


Many dancers in black costumes hold on to a rail as they dance on a hill.

Weekend Residential Mettler-based Improvisational Dance Retreat at Windhover Center for Performing Arts in Rockport happens Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18.  Participants will explore individual and group dance improvisation studies based on principles of dance developed by Barbara Mettler.


Dancer leans sideways and supports himself with his left hand on seated dancer's right knee.

Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie‘s, ReWritten reflects on the intimate relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne as a way to explore queerness, history, intimacy, and writing. Through performances and community engagements, ReWritten weaves together dance, music, visual art, projection, and text and reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that extends the queer archive. Friday, September 16th at 7:30 PM at the Salem State University Sophia Gordon Center for the Arts.


Dancers in tank tops and skirts raise right hand and put left hand on waist.

Moussa Traore and Alice Heller lead an African dance workshop by the river celebrating fall with the W. African harvest dances Kakilambe and Kuku on Friday, September 16 6-7:15 PM at Christian Herter Park (1175 Soldiers Field Rd in Allston  Parking LOT 3. Register in advance.


Three performers on wooden floor stage in dresses. Dancer in the center is on pointe and raises right arm delicately while the two others on either side gesture with their hands.

#LucyNegroRedux comes to PBS‘ Great Performances on September 16. A cross-disciplinary tour de force of music, spoken word, and dance, Black Lucy and the Bard features the Nashville Ballet (with choreography from Paul Vasterling), along with author and narrator Caroline Randall Williams and music from Silk Road artistic director Rhiannon Giddins and Francesco Turrisi.


Informally Yours poster with even information and group of women dancers in black halter top long dresses pose, reaching their left arms out to their left side.

Cambridge Dance Company offers an informal, behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming 10th anniversary showcase focused on the power and beauty of women in motion on Saturday, September 17 at 7PM at Mass Motion Dance in Brighton.


Abilities Dance Boston poster with dancers on stage floor in crawling positions. Center dancer reaches right arm forward.

Abilities Dance Boston performs outdoors at the Arnold Arboretum on Saturday, September 17 at 2 PM in a work inspired by its history and landscape. Music composed by Erin Rogers will be performed live by the New England Film Orchestra. This accessible performance includes audio descriptions, ASL, and CART.


Queen of Nöri poster with one dancer in red dress on relevé looking down at another dancer on a deep plié, looking up.

Originally developed and presented in the Boston area, The Queen of Nöri is an original fantasy story ballet following a Queen who turns to dark magic to save her kingdom from war with neighboring powers. The show is opening in Hawaii. Take a front row seat from your couch! Virtual screening September 17 – 19. 


Sneha looks over to her left side in front of a turquoise brick wall.

Experience Bollywood fusion led by Sneha Desai on Saturday 17th 4-6 PM  at Rumba Y Timbal Studio, 7 Temple St, Cambridge, MA 02139.


A person in roller skates kneels down while another stands with hands on hips. They both pose in front of a orange wall with a striped pattern.

Briar Blush and Rusty Hammer debut their retro-inspired drag and variety show at Mosesian Arts in Watertown on Saturday, September 17 at 8 PM.  Briar and Rusty are putting together a cheeky homage to yesteryear that would make Sonny and Cher proud, with some help from some of Boston’s most noteworthy drag and cabaret talent. 18+ show.


Layered photos reveal three dancers: one in a back bend and two facing away.

Infinity∞Dance Collective teaches an improvisation and creativity workshop for artists across disciplines on Sunday, September 18,10:00-11:30 AM through Cambridge Community Center for the Arts at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge.


Dance Happens Here: 2022 poster with photo of the dance complex building with projections.

The Dance Complex celebrates its 30th Anniversary with Dance Happens Here: 2022 on Sunday, September 18 from 2-9 PM in a free, day-long street party that includes flash performances, lessons from samba to swing, a rooftop DJ and more outside its home in Cambridge’s Central Square. At sunset the façade of 536 Mass. Ave will be illuminated by MASARY‘s large-scale photographs depicting stories of intergenerational and cross-cultural dance.


Bill T. Jones poster with dancer on stage extending right leg out to the side, with a flexed foot, while rounding left arm in front of body and right arm towards the side.

This fall, FirstWorks and the Brown Arts Institute (BAI) will co-present “What Problem?” by the legendary Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (BTJ/AZ) on November 4 at The VETS.  Information on the community aspect of the work, including guidelines for participation and schedule expectations, is included in this google form application. Selected participants will be offered a $350 honorarium. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 14th.



New England Dance Fund which awards grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate an important activity or opportunity that will significantly impact aspects of their dancemaking, is now open for applications! Deadline is September 23, 2022.


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The Somerville Arts Council’s ArtAssembled  program is offering $8/hour rehearsal space in Somerville.

  • Assembly space is a 16′ x 32′ blackbox type space outfitted with a sprung floor, marley covered, 8 LED lights, projection screen, black curtain, projector, and sound system.
  • The Armory space is a 20′ x 20′ wood on wood floor, with additional spaces used for overflow in the top floor of the Armory.


North Atlantic Ballet is looking for classically trained male dancers! NAB performs up to 3 Story ballets per year along with new contemporary works and classical repertory. The Company’s Seasons run March through December. Dancers are expected to attend daily class & rehearsals between 10-3pm Mon-Fri along with occasional Sundays. Dancers are paid by project basis at this time.

For invitation to audition please submit required materials to Resume | Video link(s) to audition reel/class work + center work or performance | Photographs (3-4 preferred)


Apollinaire Theatre Company at Chelsea Theatre Works seeks a Ballet Instructor for the fall (Saturdays October 1 to November 19) to teach 2 classes in the Apollinaire Play Lab. Bilingual (English/Spanish) speakers are encouraged to apply. Ages 6-8 from 10:30-11:30 AM, and ages 9-14 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.


Sally Gould Dance Center in North Billerica seeks a dance studio office manager.


The kids are back at school! Let’s make sure that arts education and talent is as valued as any other achievement in Uganda, Boston, and everywhere kids love to move.


Dance happens here — and everywhere dancers express themselves.

Get ready for the new dance season by registering now for the 2022 BDA Open Call Audition –– a day of master classes available nowhere else — and enjoying the benefit of wellness screenings at Dancer Health Day. Both happen Sunday September 25 at Mass Motion Dance in Brighton.

You don’t want to miss it!


Debra Cash, Executive Director