Dancing May Day Solidarity!

Blue poster announcing Danza Orgánica's permanent installation.

Congratulations to Danza Orgánica for achieving a permanent spot at UMass Boston Atrium. Watch their dance film on the first floor.

Laila Franklin looks straight at camera resting head on fist.

Congratulations to Laila Franklin named one of four Dance/USA Fellows who will work with dance organizations to preserve, organize, and create access to their archives as part of the Dance/USA 2023 Archiving and Preservation Program. She will be working with Jennifer Harge/Harge Dance Stories to “explore ways to bring further legibility to an embodied and culturally citational body of work, taking experiential approaches to transfer bodily archives to physical archives.”



Cropped photo of two people dancing tango so only lower half of legs are visible.

Learn the basics of tango — connection, walking, posture, and basic elements like cross, ochos, and simple turns – with Simonida Cekovic-Vuletic & Svetislav (Sveta) Vuletic. This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as dancers with some experience who wish to perfect the basics. Join Fundamentals of Argentine Tango  Mondays, May 1-May 22, 7:00-8:15 PM in the Gallery at the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA), 41 Second Street, Cambridge.


Dancers crouched on the floor looking down while two of them stand and hold a third up in the air standing on their arms.

Boston Conservatory’s Cirque du Soleil Ensemble, directed by Professor Rich Greenblatt, presents recreated music from various Cirque du Soleil productions. This free performance is the second collaboration with the Boston Conservatory Dance Division and Assistant Professor Jun Kuribayashi. Choreography by Heather Easley. Monday, May 1, 7:30 PM at Studio 401, 31 Hemenway Street, Boston.


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Ana Harmon teaches Gaga in May at Vivid Oblivion 288 Norfolk St. Cambridge, MA happens on Tuesday evenings 6-7 PM. Gaga classes offer a framework for us to connect to our bodies and imaginations, expand our scope of sensations, improve flexibility and stamina, exercise our agility and explosive power, and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. No previous dance or Gaga experience is required. Click here to register.


Young dancers in a large court space with hands together and up towards the ceiling as they gaze up.

Revelations for Everyone: Alvin Ailey company dancer Yannick Lebrun will lead participants through excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and Night Creature. Enjoy stress-releasing stretches, inspiring movements from iconic Ailey works and motivation to express oneself anchors a fun all-ages workshop and it’s free! Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM at the Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. in Dorchester.


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The Great Burlesque Exposition happens in Salem at the Old Town Hall Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7. Get your ticket to a weekend of shows, shopping, classes, and more. Performers from 6 countries and 4 continents applied to perform in Star Bras, The Burlesk Bordello, and The Main Event.


Dark image with unclear lighter streak with "Obscurum per obscurius" written in white.

Catch Obscurum Per Obscurius, a machine 5 production created by Greg Kowalski. Obscurum per Obscurius – “(explaining) the obscure by means of the more obscure” – is the expression alchemists used to describe their work. For this piece light is blocked in the venue so as to achieve complete blackout conditions. There will be prolonged periods in total darkness. Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6, & Saturday, May 13, 8:30 PM at the Wire Factory, 171 Lincoln Street, Lowell, MA.


Virtual info session poster with Andrea Blesso's headshot and a photo of Debra Cash holding a microphone.

Join the Boston Dancemakers Residency and BCA Dance Lab virtual info sessionAndrea Blesso, Director of Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts at Boston Center for the Arts and Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance will give an overview and answer questions about the comprehensive year-long 2023-24 Boston Dancemakers Residency. Andrea Blesso will also give an overview of the 2023-24 BCA Dance Lab. On Zoom Thursday, May 4, 5-6 PM.


Three dancers in pointe shoes and orange leotards jump with their left legs straight down and their right legs straight back while interlacing arms and holding hands behind their backs.

Dance Theatre of Harlem tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. Music Worcester was one of the commissioners behind  Sounds of Hazel, celebrating the life and legacy of jazz legend Hazel Scott with choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher .Thursday, May 4, 7:30-9:30 PM at the Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St, Worcester, MA.


Daniel in class with other dancers jumps with one leg bent and arms extended to the sides.

Midday Movement Series introduces a new masters series with Daniel McCusker. Grounded in various iterations of Cunningham technique, his history with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Irish and New England folk dance, and his own movement interests, Daniel McCusker offers a structured technique class for people with a variety of movement backgrounds. Class emphasizes sensation, pleasure, the right amount of effort to complete a task, direction, level changes, rhythm, full use of the body, development of movement memory. Fridays, May 5, 19, & 26, 12-2 PM, at Urbanity Central. 725 Harrison Avenue, Boston.


Alvin Ailey dancer in a long yellow dress looking up and bending arms in front of chest in a gentle gesture.

Celebrity Series of Boston presents the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Boch Center Wang Theater. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey dancers will again move and thrill audiences with Boston premieres, returning favorites, and a new production of Survivors – the late-period Ailey work co-choreographed with Mary Barnett as a tribute to Nelson and Winnie Mandela. May 4-6 at 8 PM and May 6 & 7 at 2 PM.


We Create! poster with event information displayed in yellow, white and purple font over a dark image of dancers in purple light.

Danza Orgánica celebrates We Create’s 10th anniversary featuring dance, music, poetry, mixed Media, Installation, and spoken word. Over the past 10 years, We Create! has presented over 100 artists with a focus on women and gender-non-conforming BIPOC artists. Friday, May 5, 7 PM at the Cultural Equity Incubator, 15 Channel Center St., Boston.


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Collective consciousness and energy inspire the interdisciplinary art performance, Activate. This performance dives into the collective human experience and the interconnectedness of souls, the universe and higher energies to empower and inspire. Cycles, death, rebirth, healing, flow, dimensions and  joy are explored by  Infinity Dance Collective artists  Friday, May 5, & Saturday, May 6 7:30-9:30 PM at the Multicultural Art Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge.


A mermaid ballerina looks away into the distance as she sits on a rock.

Based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, North Atlantic Ballet’s The Little Mermaid. tells the story of a curious young mermaid on a quest to become a human with a soul. When a handsome Prince celebrating on a ship tumbles overboard, the Little Mermaid rescues him while falling madly in love. This is where her true journey begins… Saturday, May 6, 12 PM & 7 PM and Sunday May 7, 12 PM at the Cabot Theater, Beverly.


Isaac de los Reyes workshop poster with workshop information and black and white phot of Isaac dancing, twisting upper body while looking down over left shoulder.

Isaac de los Reyes is back at The Dance Complex for a series of Flamenco workshops in all levels classes, choreography and more, every weekend throughout the month of May. These workshops will run from Saturday, May 6 through Sunday, May 28.


Dancer hinges back deeply tossing a red fabric up whilst still wrapped around their head.

Enjoy a joint performance between Jo-Mé Dance Arts and Northeast Arts to celebrating their new partnership. Convergence includes choreography by Joe González, Gianni di Marco and Janelle Gilchrist in collaboration with dancers, and Arthur Saint-Leon with Fanny Cerrito. The performance is free, registration is required. Saturday, May 6, 5:30 and 8:00 PM, at Integrarte, Jamaica Plain.


Two members of The Click in performance, look at each other and smile.

CLICK, a performative “Hello” from Boston’s newest dance collective, presents two new works by founding members Angelina Benitez and Alexandria Nunweiler. CLICK invites the silly, the sad, and the weird to play with them. Saturday, May 6, 8 PM, & Sunday, May 7, 7 PM at the Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at The Dance Complex.


Two dancers in matching grey dresses lift a third dancer by the arms as the latter arches back.

In Syntropy Disrupted Exit Dance Theatre brings its signature style of choreography and theater to the stage in new works by choreographers Fontaine Dubus, Stephen Haley, Sarah George, Edward Speck, and Erin Staffiere. Inspired by traditional Italian songs and the essays of philosopher Simone Weil, these dances that explore issues of love and mortality. Saturday, May 6, 8 PM & Sunday, May 7, 3 PM at MAGMA, Gloucester, MA.


Harvard Square MayFair poster with three clouds, some flowers blooming around an oval cropped photo of a crowded Harvard Square just above the event information.

Enjoy the 38th Annual MayFair Harvard Square Sunday, May 7, 11 AM-6 PM for music, dancing, beer gardens, artisans, food, vendors, crafts and patios! There are non-stop dance performances on the dance stage from 1 PM-5:30 PM.


Two dancers hold hands and dance a cross step waltz together.

New England Folk Arts Center offers a special afternoon of cross-step waltz with Susan de Guardiola, dance teacher and historian from New Haven, CT. This mostly waltz special event will have three workshops: Cross-step Waltz Basics, Tango Inspired Variations, and New Cross-step Waltz Variations. The afternoon will end with open dancing DJ’ed by Susan. Sunday, May 7, 11 AM-5 PMConcord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.


Salem Dance Ensemble performance photo with dancers on stage hinging forward and bak with one arm over head.

Salem State University Dance Ensemble Concert under the direction of Joanne Caidor and made up of current students, alumni and community members performs an excerpt from Seagulls and Phoenixes, conceived, directed and choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia. The Salem Hip Hop Dance Ensemble will make its debut at this concert! Sunday, May 7, 2:00 & 7:30 PM at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA.


Illustrated poster of JP jitterbugs event with blossomed pink flowers on the edges and a musician in a center circle playing a trumpet.

JP Jitterbugs return to the pavilion by the Jamaica Pond boathouse for a dance with music performed by Rocco and the Stompers, a seven-piece band led by the amazing and talented Danny Fratina. Free for volunteers! Sunday, May 7, 5-8 PM.


Musicians play their instruments and sing in a performance room with an audience.

New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Musical Arts program celebrates spring with a free, day-long CMA Small Ensemble Festival Sunday, May 7. The marathon event takes place from 11 AM–10 PM in Eben Jordan Ensemble Room, 255 Botolph St., Boston, and features the department’s student ensembles in music from around the world. In addition, at 6 PM there will be an Eastern European Jewish Dance workshop in room G-01 at 241 St. Botolph St., followed by a concert by the Jewish Music Ensemble led by Hankus Netsky, R&B Ensemble directed by Farayi Malek, and Lautaro Mantilla’s Contemporary Rock Ensemble. Complimentary snacks and room for dancing.


Flamenco dance concert poster with mostly red and some artists' photos.

Catch Conexiones, a vibrant concert presented by Flamenco Dance Project and Yuling Spanish Dance, with live music featuring  special guests from New York, Alfonso Cid (al cante) and Adrián Alvarado (al toque). Sunday, May 7, 6 PM at Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.


The Spring Starlight Ball poster with event information displayed over dark flowery background.

Twirl the night away, sit back and listen, or do a little of both at the Seacoast Jazz Society’s Spring Starlight Ball, featuring traditional swing dance along with a tango, foxtrot, cha cha and waltz. There will also be a professional dance couple demonstrating of various steps. Formal attire is suggested. Sunday, May 7, 6-9 PM, at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Clubin, 135 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH.



Royal Caribbean Productions is back in Boston at The Dance Complex for dancer and vocalist auditions on Thursday, May 4. Royal Caribbean Productions are seeking strong, professional, seasoned, and versatile dancers 18+ with styles that include contemporary, jazz, theater dance, showgirl, and hip hop. They are also seeking mature, versatile vocalists who can harmonize and perform a wide variety of music. Auditionees will be seen by appointment only. Royal Caribbean welcomes performers of all gender identities, abilities/exceptionalities, and body types.


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Audition for Tess Saoirse Dance Company‘s first season! Open to dancers of all levels and stages in life. First performance November 11 and 12. Audition will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 8-10 PM at Mass motion Dance, 100 Holton St., Brighton. Register beforehand. Choreographer applications are also open.


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Tufts University Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is seeking part-time lecturers in dance (non-tenure track) over the course of the next two-three academic years. Position is for one-semester per lecturer, beginning this fall.  Responsibilities include teaching one undergraduate introductory course in a genre-specific dance technique.


Dancer in all white, on one knee lifts the other leg up to the side while teaching arms up and to the side in an "L" shape.

BoSoma Dance Company is seeking dancers trained in classical ballet, modern, contemporary and/or jazz techniques for the upcoming  2023-2024 season. The audition will be in the form of a company class which will include a warm up, progressions and improvisation. Bring a copy of your resume and head shot. Audition registration forms will be provided at the audition. To reserve your spot and for more information email your resume and headshot to company@bosoma.org. COVID-19 vaccination required. Saturday, May 6, 12:30 PM at BoSoma School of Dance, 15 Walnut Road, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, MA.

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DIY PERFORMANCE SERIES: Opportunity for Performance Makers Applications for the 2023-24 season are now open for Dance Complex Event Series. The Dance Complex will provide the artist with space and a box office split of 80/20 per cent in favor of the artist. There are 20+ weekends available in one of their two performance spaces. Wide spectrum of genres and cultural origins encouraged to apply.


Young Dancers Program poster with photo of children at a ballet barre.

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program applications for the 2023-24 season are open. The Young Dancers Program is based on the philosophy that every student has the right to a quality ballet education. Offering ballet training for children ages 3 to 18, the Young Dancers Program has an unsurpassed reputation throughout New England for its excellent, humanistic approach to ballet education.


Little Beats hiring poster with photo of teacher being hugged by students and job information.

Little Beats is hiring a traveling lead instructor. Lead instructors work between 3-15h/week at local schools in Newton and can also be hired to lead events such as birthday parties, community events, and camps. Lead instructors will go through a full Little Beats paid training program before leading their own classes. Schedule is flexible. Must have experience working with children, great communication skills, be reliable and have first aid certification.


Wisdom and clarity were combined in the dancing of Valda Setterfield who passed away April 9, 2023


No one human can take advantage of every dance offering happening in our community this week — and isn’t that a delightful problem to have?

The clock is ticking down for your opportunity to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for the 2023 Boston Dance Alliance gala honoring Ann Brown Allen, Deborah Mason, Dianne Walker and Steve Adelson!

Can’t attend? Consider purchasing one (or a few) sponsor-a-dancer tickets so that we can open our doors to everyone who wants to celebrate!

Thank you!

Debra Cash, Executive Director