Dance’s Warmth


Photo of Deborah Mason leaning on her left hand and smiling.

Congratulations to Deborah Mason Dudley named November Artist of the Month by The Somerville Arts Council!  Read the  interview with Deborah as told to Kerri Kemperman.

And you can nominate future 2023 Artists of the Month.


Misty Copeland in a black leotard crosses arms and smiles.

Catch Misty Copeland, dancer and author of The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson on CBS Mornings, this Monday, November 14.


Painting of group of court people seemingly falling back, appalled by a character on the left who wears a black cloak and right pants.

Dance events at Tufts! Dancers Camilla Finlay and Ken Pierce will join Early Music Ensemble for a rousing program of Italian early 17th century dance, “Kickshawse, Caper and Sink-a-pace”Tuesday, November 15, 8 PM at Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Medford MA

Tufts Fall Dance Concert 2022 presents senior dance minors Andres Antonio’s and Hanna Bregman’s capstone projects alongside faculty choreographic work by Jaclyn Waguespack and a guest artist composition by Hyung Ji YuFriday, November 18, 7 PM, at Jackson Dance Lab, 50 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA.


Gaga Movement Session poster with photo of the back of a dancers head with a crown tattoo.

Gaga Movement Session, led by Shamel Pitts in coordination & partnership with Harvard’s Theater, Dance & Media & Harvard Dance Center. GAGA class is free & open to the public Wednesday November 16 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m at the Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge. If you would like to attend, please RSVP in advance here. 


Black and white photo of Ayodele Casel wearing hair half up in a bun, half down, smiling softly at the camera.

Phenomenal Women: An evening with tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel. Phenomenal Women is a series moderated by Radio Boston host Tiziana Dearing that invites women who have risen to the top of their professions to share their stories. Casel most recently served as tap choreographer for the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.” She will perform during the conversation. Enjoy a reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 PM (doors open: 5:30 PM).


Five dancers gather under a spotlight and hold hands as if holding an imaginary sphere.

SYREN, a modern dance company based in NYC, performs Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet at Museum of ScienceRed and Blue, Bitter and Sweet is an exploration of quantum mechanics theories including entanglement, wave/particle duality, uncertainty principle, and superposition. Following the performance, the creative team will be joined in conversation by William Detmold, Associate Professor of Physics at MIT. Wednesday, November 16 at 7 PM. Free but RSVP is requested.


Collage of five photos of features speakers for the Arts & Social Justice Panel

In collaboration with African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program, the BU Arts Initiative is excited to welcome Artistic Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph to Boston University. Join Bamuthi and local activist artists Dzidzor (African folklore, performing artist, author and entrepreneur) and Anita Morson-Matra (creative entrepreneur & founder of Baldwin in the Park and Nubian Nights) for an Art & Social Justice Panel moderated by BU Professor of Music André de QuadrosThursday, November 17, 5:30 PM at 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston.


Dance train workshop poster with two dancer photos: one on the upper left corner holds arms crossed over head, the other on the lower right corner jumps with legs crossed and bent and arms in an L shape.

Dance Train is a new opportunity for dancers who want to dance into their adult years. Join their new weekend workshop series beginning  Saturday, November 19, 2:30-6:30 PM, at Dance Expressions (400 Union St, Westboro, MA). Back-to-back 1-hour classes in hip-hop, heels and jazz. For more information and teacher bios please email fordancetrain@gmail.comPreregister by Thursday, November 17.


Poster with collage of blue sky with few white clouds, grass at the bottom and in between two dancers in dresses; one rests on their back in a passé and the other jumps with one leg lifted behind them as they look up.

Dance Currents Inc. in partnership with The Dance Complex is presenting the first live screening of To Feel the Earth, and Touch the Sky, a film highlighting the boundary breaking figures in the evolution of American Modern Dance. Three dances from the historical repertory of Dance Currents Inc. will be performed.  Friday, November 18, 7 PM at Complex@Canal, 650 E Kendall St, Cambridge.


"Bliss Body" poster with image of dancer releasing black fabric behind them in a dark background as they look towards a pink and purple flower.

Bliss Body collages dance, imagery and true stories to explore and share experiences of bliss. It is a provocative and moving hour of dance and theater that includes quiet meditation and energetic dancing, that considers peace and struggle, that asks how we find bliss in today’s world.  Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 7:30 PM at Brown’s Granoff Center, 154 Angell St, Providence, RI and December 3-18 at  the Everett Stage 9 Duncan Avenue in Providence.


Four dancers in different colored dresses jump on stage with one leg extended and lifted behind them and arms reaching back.

Providence College Blackfriars Dance Concert! The Providence College Dance Company will perform its annual dance concert featuring original dance works created by faculty, alumni, and professional choreographers Heather Ahern, Ann Hycuk, Adrienne Hawkins, Haley Andrews, Ashley Rich, all under the direction of choreographer Kat Nasti. Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 19 at 2 PM.


Dancer stands on a low-lit and foggy stage and looks back with arms open by their sides.

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham makes its Celebrity Series debut with the co-commission Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth. Galvanized by Black culture and history, Abraham’s works for his company are developed alongside a wide range of collaborators and reflect both society today and aspirational social changes. Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19 8 PM at the BOCH Center.


Ballroom filled with people dancing and Dante's Salsa Inferno information over the photo.

Dante’s Salsa Inferno Social is a unique and energetic night of music, dance, and community! The Dante Alighieri has plenty of dance space, its own parking lot and parking nearby, a powerful and comfortable A/C, and plenty of class to spare.  Full cash bar. Friday, November 18, doors open at 8:30 PM at Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, 41 Hampshire St, Cambridge.


MA high school dance festival poster with image of large group of dancers recahing arms up holding another dancer on their back with arms out in a T shape.

Massachusetts High School Dance Festival including contemporary technique classes, informal concert and dance teacher workshop happens this Saturday, November 19, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM at Salem State University O’Keefe Complex, 225 Canal Street, Salem, MA.


Keynote speakers, Brooke Ellison's and Emily Ladau's headshots (from left to right).

The Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education (BIAAE) hosts 2022 ABLE Conversation: Disability, Language, and Arts Education which will take place as a hybrid, flexible event on Saturday, November 19, 11:00 AM-2:30 PM ET.


Two dancers in a dark space and light blue dresses hold up 2 small lamps, one above the other

Passage: Darkness into Light Choreographers Joanie Block and Julie Leavitt offer two stories of life transitions expressed through dance. Darkness into Light expresses the evolution of Block’s grief through words and dance. Passage created by Leavitt tells the story of her mother’s escape from her Austrian homeland following the Nazi invasion in 1938. Sunday, November 20, 4 PM at Temple Beth Shalom, 21 East Foster St.  in Melrose, or via Zoom. For more information email


Dancer with asymmetrical short hair stands with her arms clutched at left side of her neck while another dancer behind her leans against a wall that has a pattern of gray and white abstract forms.

moments, an evening-length dance performance exploring memory, loss and love by Ali Kenner Brodsky featuring graphics by Cyrus Highsmith, live music by MorganEve Swain, costumes by Hertling, and performed by Kenner Brodsky, Scott McPheeters, Jenna Pollack, Jessi Stegall & Ilya Vidrin happens Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 PM at SPACE in Portland, Maine.


Cambridge dance Company Dancers in an outdoor park pose wearing black unitards.

Cambridge Dance Company Ten Year Anniversary Showcase includes the premiere of works by guest choreographer Jeannette Neill and company members. This intimate showing of jazz, tap and contemporary will give you an up-close view of artistry and passion for dance. Sunday, November 20 7-9 PM at BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave.




Emerging Artist Fellowship poster with a photo of dance artist Cassie Wang upside down with legs bent, right arm bent over head, and left arm long by her side

Calling all emerging artists of color in Boston! Applications are officially live for Dunamis’ Emerging Artist Fellowship Program 2023! If you’re searching for a creative community, passionate about creating art, unsure how to navigate the industry and need a dedicated and supportive team to help you discover and develop your identity as an artist, then this is for you!
Join the info session on Tuesday, November 15, 6 PM on Zoom! Application closes Monday, November 28!


Middle school teens on stage in a musical theater production.

The Park School, an independent day school in Brookline, is looking for a choreographer for their winter musical production of Matilda! Choreographer will be working with 15+ students in grades 6-8 and will meet with the director and musical director once a week. Rehearsals start the first week of January and running about six weeks with a total of 12-15 hours. This position pays $75-100/hour on 1099. Email Kyra Fries for more information:


"Are you an artist looking art space in Somerville?" written on a white tiled square over a yellow background.

The Somerville Arts Council has a new space finder that includes danceable spaces in Somerville! The Somerville Space Connector  helps dancers in the area find creative space to move in. You can also find their resources included on the BDA space finder page which lists rentable studios “from Kittery to the Cape.”


On an empty road somewhere in the Irish countryside, the Gardiner Brothers take on an infectious riff from Queen…


It’s official: we’re heading into the holiday season.

Let BDA know about your end of year productions, workshops, and job searches so that we can share the information with the community!

We are so lucky to have the depth and breadth of dance here! Help us do our work by joining BDA or renewing memberships that lapsed during the pandemic. Your support means the world to us.

Thank you!

Debra Cash, Executive Director