Everywhere you look, Boston is dancing!


You don’t want to miss the great master classes of the 2022 BDA Open Call Audition and the expert wellness screenings at 2022 Dancer Health Day!

It all happens at Mass Motion Dance Boston, 100 Holton Street in Brighton on public transit, with lots of free parking.

Register here for the Open Call – as a dancer, take one class or four for the same low price. (Members come free and EBT holders get a discount.) As a choreographer, come watch some of the area’s most talented artists and cast your projects!

Register here for a Dancer Health Day wellness screening — all screenings are conducted clothed and adaptive screenings for dancers with disabilities are available.

Space is limited but some walk ups may be available. Mass Motion Dance Boston is wheelchair accessible. Contact us ASAP for other accessibility needs.

Want to volunteer to help at registration? Contact dcash@bostondancealliance.org as soon as possible.


Dancers wearing black and a red belt, dance with red fabrics.

Congratulations to MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grantees.

BDA is thrilled that so many heritage dance forms are being carried forward by a new generation of artists!

Samba Traditional of the Recôncavo da Bahia, Brasil
Isaura Oliveira mentoring Brittany Owens
Bomba & Plena: music, dance, chants
Jorge Santiago-Arce mentoring Sandra Marcelino
Dominican carnival traditions
Stelvyn Mirabal mentoring Leonardo Mirabal
Yiddish song and dance tradition
Judy Bressler mentoring Adah Hetko
North Indian Kathak dance
Urmi Samadar mentoring Nandina Lal
Chinese long ribbon dance
Chu Ling mentoring Abby Lin


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The 2022 Greater Boston Arts Expo  scheduled for Monday September 18 has been postponed due to expectations of  inclement weather. 


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TURNING POINTE  Join Boston Ballet for high-profile networking with a cross-sectional crowd of Boston business leaders. Surround yourself in a 360-degree multimedia experience, dance with robots who respond to your movement, witness the creation of new choreography using the human heartbeat, and grow your network with top leaders and creators. Wednesday, September 21, 6-9 PM at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.


Dance for World Community poster with lilac peace sign as a background.

Dance For World Community: New Movements for PEACE presents over 50 free performances and classes. Explore exhibitions and other activities by local non-profits, arts & crafts and food vendors. Indoor and outdoor events take place on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard/Bow Street and Putnam Avenue. Find the BDA table and come say hi! Saturday, September 24, 12-8 PM.


Couple of iceskaters embrace eachother in a deep hinge and release the outside arm.

Ice Dance International’s GRACE at the beautiful new Skating Club of Boston in Norwood features two-time United States Champion Alissa Czisny and US Open Champions Kseniya Ponomaryova and Collin Brubaker skating in IDI’s first major tour since the pandemic began. Saturday, September 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.


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The Folk Arts Center of New England’s Hybrid Monthly Dance Party is back with Balkan folk dancing with Cherven Traktor at Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord.
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 – 10:30 PM.


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Aarya Singh leads a free creative movement session outdoors on the Boston Common near the Brewer Fountain on Saturday, September 24, 2 PM.


Bharatanatyam dancer gestures with her arms forwards.

Join professional Bharatanatyam dancer and biomedical researcher Dr. Shriya Srinivasan on free best practices for optimal dance physiology workshop. An interactive session putting theory into practice, participants will learn how to use the musculoskeletal system optimally for dance through best methods for warming up and cooling down the body, and strengthening exercises related to injury-prevention and performance. For all types of movers and abilities, at all levels of experience Sunday, September 25, 11 AM-1 PM at Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St., Cambridge.


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Origins Folkloric Dance Company is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! They will showcase repertoire featuring dances from Upper and Lower Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. Special guests Paradise in the Palms and Trade Route Dance Collective will also make an appearance. For additional information contact Margaret Slocombe: margaretslocombe@hotmail.com
Sunday, September 25 at Grace Episcopal Church Newton.
Doors open at 3:30 PM. Show starts at 4 PM.


Three dancers lift another over center dancer's shoulders. Another, standing away from the group, speaks into a microphone.

Enjoy an outdoor, participatory dance performance featuring Boston Dance Theater and members of the SURGE East Boston Coastal Community Artist Fellowship, and engage in dialogue about the climate crisis, sea level rise, and coastal impacts. The performance takes place on the South Lawn at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln and visitors are invited to bring their own picnic blankets and lawn chairs. In case of rain, the location will be moved to a tent.Sunday, September 25, 4 PM.


The Late Risers play their instruments over a warm colored background.

JP Jitterbugs Swing Dance with Late Risers! Celebrate the autumnal equinox and the new moon with JP Jitterbugs at Jamaica Pond! Sam Dechenne will be in town and the Late Risers are playing! No pre-dance lesson this time due to another event happening at the pond. Sunday, September 25, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM.


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Watch Ripples and Reflections: 10 Years of Global Water Dances.
Environmental advocacy and art come together in this film celebrating a decade of collaboration and action by choreographers and dancers around the world. Global Water Dances stages community-led performances in more than 70 cities to inspire action and promote awareness of water preservation. Directed by Nel Shelby Productions, with original soundtrack by Nicolas Soto Urrea.


Cartoon of 5 black Christmas trees with red angry eyes on a green backgroundThe Gold Dust Orphans is holding an open call for their holiday musical “Little Christmas Tree Shop of Horrors!” High energy dancers of all genders, must be comfortable appearing in costuming both revealing and ridiculous. Ability to sing melody a bonus, but not necessary. Musical Theatre experience a big plus.  Rehearsals are held nights and weekends in November in South Boston. Show Dates are Dec 1-23 (Thursdays-Sundays). Performers will be paid for the run, to be discussed on offer. To audition, email headshot and resume to timbolawton@gmail.com.
Thursday, September 22 6:30-10:00 PM.


The greenway logoExtended Deadline! The Greenway Conservancy’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Greenway Dance Series presented by Amazon has extended its deadline to Friday, September 23! Given the specific histories represented on The Greenway, they are particularly interested in working with choreographers/companies of Indigenous, Native, AAPI, Black, and other marginalized


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Audition for Dance Revelasian! The premier Chinese dance group in Boston consists of well-established and experienced dancers. Saturday, September 24, 8:45 AM-10:45 AM at Cambridge Community Center for the Arts. Please email DanceRevelasianContact@gmail.com for additional information or if you have any questions!


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Sign up to volunteer at Dance for World Community happening this Saturday! They are looking for up to 200 volunteers throughout the day. Volunteer shifts are 3 hours each and all volunteers will receive a brand new DWC Festival shirt. Tasks include stage set up, street decoration, stage and MC assistance, street clean up and stage breakdown. Please contact Gabrielle Domb
gdomb@ballettheatre.org with any questions.


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Audition for the Slutcracker! The Slutcracker Open Auditions are open to all bodies, 18 years to 118 years old. Saturday, September 24, 3-9 PM at Mass Motion Boston, 100 Holton Street, Brighton.


A flamenco dancer wearing a teal dress with the skirt tossed back throws her arms up, leaning forward while arching and gazing upward. A group of dancers wearing white long-sleeved shirts and black pants kneel on the ground in front of the flamenco dancer, supporting her pelvis and legs as she falls toward them.

Applications for the Next Steps for Boston Dance grant are open!
Valued at over $12,500, Next Steps provides support and resources for dance and circus artists at all career levels, including 250 hours of flexible rehearsal space, 5 consulting meetings with expert advisors, $6,000 in implementation funds to take a “next step” in work or career, a series of cohort meetings to allow for relationship-building and co-learning, and access to ongoing support for grantees that continues beyond the grant period. 
Next Steps for Boston Dance grant information sessions.
Session 1: Thursday, September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Session 3: Monday October 3, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Session 4: Sunday, October 9, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Session 5: Friday, October 14, 10:00 – 11:30 AM


Boston Conservatory at Berklee dancers hit their marks in Bradley Shelver’s explosive “Tongues” from 2019.


We are so looking forward to seeing you — in person! — at Dance for World Community and at our very own 2022 BDA Open Call Audition and Dancer Health Day this coming weekend.

Boston dance is back!

Debra Cash, Executive Director