Dancing Fireworks!

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Jacob’s Pillow Summer Festival is in full swing. Catch performances this week by the Dutch National Ballet, Ice Dance International, Querencia Dance Company, Waheed Works, The Masterz at Work Dance Family.


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Enjoy free outdoor intergenerational dance classes in Worcester this July! DECENT DANCE presents DANCE DATE at Worcester’s Institute Park Pavilion Thursdays, July 6, 13, and 20, 5:30-7:00 PM. These classes are for all ages and abilities to experience the joy of dance with a loved one, whether that is a child, parent, grandparent, partner or friend. Class will be taught in English, but Spanish and Portuguese translation services will be available.


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Join the House Dance Workshops, introducing their first ever Resident Teacher: SavSoul, a Boston House pioneer sharing the dance and culture forward with a focus on style, groove, rhythmic movements, body mechanics, and music. House is a feeling. Before footwork, there is groove. There is music. Finding your own rhythm and learning how your body moves is pivotal to the foundation of your own freestyle.This workshop series is open to all levels. Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 8:45-10:15 PM, TFC @ MOTA, Studio 1, 11 Bow St, Floor 2, Somerville.


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Witness the very first Asian American ballet company as the Asian American Ballet Project takes to the stage in their inaugural performance Beginnings. Prepare to be captivated as the company dancers breathe new life into the classic christening scene from Sleeping Beauty. Transport yourself to ancient Mongolia with “Suho and the White Horse,” a compelling ballet that unveils the dramatic origin story of the horse-head fiddle. Be among the first to behold two groundbreaking world premieres that push the boundaries of creativity and expression. Catch Beginnings and walk away inspired by the power of Asian American artistry. Friday, July 7, 4 PM & 7 PM at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA.


Multiple people dancing salsa together.

Salsa In The Park with Metamovements returns to Canal District Kendall on July 7. Mark your calendars for Fridays July 7, July 21, August 4 and September 15, 6-9 PM, 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge, MA.


Sean Dorsey Dance's performers in blue flowy costumes and in dim lighting.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project The Lost Art of Dreaming is an invitation to embrace expansive imagination, reconnect with longing, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving futures. It is performed by a powerhouse ensemble of five trans, queer and gender-non-conforming dancers with a rich, layered soundscore featuring original and commissioned music. Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 7 PM at the The Yard in Chilmark, MA.


AIM company dancers outdoors posing on the floor in hinges and leaning upper body in different directions.

Catch A.I.M by Kyle Abraham’s An Untitled Love at Bates Dance Festival. Drawing from the catalogue of Grammy Award-winning R&B legend D’Angelo, Abraham’s work pays homage to the complexities of self love and Black love, while serving as a thumping mixtape celebrating our culture, family and community. Friday, July 7-Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 PM at the Schaeffer Theatre.


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Join the Super Shag Summer Dance Party on Friday, July 7. At 8:15 PM, enjoy a group dance class with Courtney, and from 9-11 PM take on the floor with general dancing, special shows, bubbles, and more. The party takes place at SuperShag Dance Studios – Waltham, 406 Moody Street.


Cirio Collective dancers in a dark space moving as a group reaching arms in different directions.

The Cirio Collective is a company of dancers mostly on summer break from the Boston Ballet, led by brother and sister principal dancers Lia and Jeffrey Cirio.  Among the works on the program are “The Fourth Way,” a trio for men choreographed by Paul Craig, and “Mint and Tiger,” a female duet choreographed jointly by Lia Cirio and Emily Mistretta. On Martha’s Vineyard at the Vineyard Arts Project in Edgartown. Friday, July 7.


Clown with red nose, headband and floppy brown hair grimaces under a rainbow umbrella and background of paper money.

American Dream: One Clown’s Love Affair with Capitalism at Commnwealth Circus Center 8 Brookley Road, Boston on Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9 follows one young clown on the heels of entering the job market for the first time. Directed by Sophia Herscu & Sophia Rabinovitz with local artists  Leah AbelMandy HackmanAlex Oliva, and Ezra VarleyProof of vaccination required so don’t forget your card.


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Don’t miss Circus Smirkus‘s 2023 Big Top Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Circus, Vermont’s award-winning, traveling youth circus, where kids – ages 11 to 18 – are the stars, featured in aerial acts, acrobatics, clowning, juggling and so much more. Circus Smirkus’s 36th annual production is an exquisite acrobatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. Saturday, July 8, 1 PM and 6 PM and Sunday, July 9, 11 AM and 4 PM at Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, MA.


N2 poster with photos of four dancers in monochrome suit sets and black tops.

Join Nozama Dance Collective for N2, an exclusive look at Nozama Dance Collective’s newest works. This showing  features seven never-before-seen works by the collective’s members. During their historic 10th anniversary season, storytelling takes center stage in works exploring coming of age, falling in love, choosing a path in life, and more. The event is ticketed but free with suggested donation. Saturday, July 8, 4:30 PM & 8:00 PM at Mass Motion Dance, 100 Holton Street, Boston.


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Enjoy Secrets of the Illuminaughty, a perfectly normal burlesque show by Beautease Burlesque with no hidden agenda or secret meaning. Enjoy yourself in typical human fashion. Saturday, July 8, 7:30 PM at Deacon Giles Distillery, 75 Canal Street Salem, MA.


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Join OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center in partnership with Roxbury Community College for the Black Dance Across Roxbury Festival!  This Festival will include classes by Levin Marsman, Joh Camara and Boston Rhythm Riders. The day also includes  vendors, food trucks and a performance with Levi Marsman, Janelle Gilchrist, 4 Stars Dance Company, OrigiNation and the one and only Adrienne Hawkins. Saturday, July 8, 9-5.


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Fourth Dimension Tap Company is hosting its first monthly open class starting in July. Once a month instructors will rotate to teach an all ages class. Isla Niezgoda will teach the first one on Sunday, July 9, 4:00-5:30 PM at Mass Motion Dance Boston.



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SOMART is seeking new work to be presented in their new blackbox space boasting a 43′ x 25′ stage area, separate seating area for audience, blackout possibilities,  lighting,  sound and video/projection systems. Ideal candidates are looking to present their work to an intimate audience with tech time on a Thursday/Friday for a Friday/Saturday/Sunday performance. Opening rates range from $250 – $1000 dependent on yearly budget. Request for Proposals is open now for the September-December 2023 season.


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The DNE School of Dance in North Chelmsford, MA is hiring for the 2023-2024 season. They are looking for contemporary, modern and hip hop instructors who are passionate and motivated, available Mondays and Wednesdays and able to teach ages 8+. Email information@dancenewengland.com to apply.


Dancers on stage wearing white flowy costumes and barefoot. One dances in front of four others who seem to be marking rhythm with their bodies.

Apply to USArtists International® (USAI) for support for expenses for an upcoming performance at an international festival or performing arts marketplace. Application deadline for the 2023-24 USAI program between January 15, 2024 and June 30, 2025 is Friday, September 29, 2023. Updated application eligibility guidelines will be released in July, and the application for the first deadline date will open later this summer.


Fairy Tales and Folklore: dreaming with the body teen intensive poster with lilac background with illustration of a fairy flying over an open book.

Fairy Tales and Folklore: dreaming with the body, is a free teen intensive in Worcester, dabbling in journaling, drawing, dance and general reflection on female representation in classic and contemporary fairy tales July 10-14. Currently open to students ages 11-14, but possibly extended to high school if there is interest. This intensive will take place at the Creative Hub Worcester Youth Arts Center. Current deadline is Monday, July 3 (extension possible). No major dance experience is needed; just a curious mind open to creative expression.



Immigrant artist George Balanchine went over the top with his salute to the country he came to call home and John Philip Sousa has never been the same.


BDA hopes  your holiday week is filled with beautiful (and safe!) fireworks, whether literal or metaphoric, and that you feel at home in the world and in our wonderful, diverse dance community.

Best wishes,

Debra Cash, Executive Director