Festive Dancing

Harold Steward smiles at the camera while wearing round glasses and colorful beaded necklaces.

Congratulations and welcome to Harold Steward who has been named the next Executive Director of New England Foundation for the Arts Harold is currently Executive Director & cultural strategist at The Theatre Offensive (TTO). Adrian Budhu will serve TTO as Interim Executive Director.


Collage of five dance performances photos and the Cambridge Arts Grants information in the middle to the right.

Congratulations to the dance artists who each have been awarded $7,500 Art for Social Justice Grants from the City of Cambridge. They include the Asian American Ballet Project, Cambridge Carnival International, Inc., Anna Myer/beheard.world and Nailah Randall – Bellinger. We look forward to experiencing your projects!


Moving in Community poster with event information and photo of two people holding hands above their heads and facing away from the camera.

Moving in Community with CJ Donohoe explores themes of meditation and movement, beginning with a juicy yoga-inspired warm up. Class will continue into composition-based work through writing, improvisation, and community sharing. Movers will exchange ideas and phrases, culminating in an improvisational score. Monday, April 3, 6:00-7:15 PM at The Dance Complex.


Up close photo of dancer's eyes and nose with white powdered make up and black and red eyeliner details.

The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection.  If you’ve never seen this on the big screen, GO. Monday, April 3, 7 PM at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Three Boston Ballet dancers: one being held by two others, looks over left shoulder and opens left palm towards camera.

Boston Ballet presents Our Journey, a program showcasing two contemporary works that reflect our curiosity about the world and our shared desire for human connection. La Mer, an explosive world premiere by Nanine Linning, explores the romance, beauty, and volatility of the sea. Everywhere We Go choreographed by Justin Peck to music by Sufjan Stevens makes its Boston Ballet premiere. Our Journey runs April 6–16, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 1:20 PM at the Citizens Bank Opera House.


Medicine and Movement poster with workshops' information and photo of dancers in a large open wooden floor space working in small groups.

Join Kathryn Abarbanel and Shireen Hamza in Medicine & Movement Workshops. In these free guided workshops, you will improvise movement inspired by a series of scores, using your bodies to explore themes of illness and therapeutics. This intimate workshop aims to be accessible to all bodies, minds, and levels of experience with dance. Beginners are most welcome. The workshops will be hosted on Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, and Friday, April 14 from 7:30-9:30 PM in Room 303 of Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St, Cambridge.


Acrobats in a red lit stage lift an acrobat in the center of a circular formation.

The Peking Acrobats perform at UMASS Amherst. Their spectacles mix time-honored Chinese folk music with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese carnival. Thursday, April 6, 7:30 PM at the Bromery Center for the Arts, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA


Sketch of two dancers, one in a yellow costume with one arm over head and the other in green pants leans away from the first dancer holding on to their hand.

Galatea Fine Arts exhibits Carolyn Newberger’s DANCE. On many summer evenings you will find Carolyn with her sketchbook on her lap and pen in hand at Jacob’s Pillow. As the performance unfolds, her hand flies across the paper, tracing the arch of a dancer’s back, the tension and release of a pas de deux, or the collective energy of an ensemble. Her husband Eli sits beside her, taking notes. Together they turn these images and observations into dance reviews in The Berkshire Edge, First Friday Reception on Friday, April 7, 6-8 PM at 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6 Boston.


Up close photo of drag queen's face framed by hands in red gloves with bedazzled fingertips.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design welcomes alum and Drag Extraordinaire Brian McCook, also known as Katya Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova for an Artist Talk. Saturday, April 8, 6:00-7:30 PM at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Avenue Tower Auditorium Boston.


Two dancers in checkered dresses twirl facing away from the camera with arms up on a rained-on rooftop.

Join POP Arts at the Armory for goodTHANGpassing 2023: Afikomen in Plain Sight Edition and wireTHANG 2023: Peeps Edition for lots of dance, music and poetry! Featuring work by Al Margols & Tom Law, The Picnic Sisters Molly Hess & Eliza Malecki, Viae Ensemble Vanessa Lefevre & Mitchel ahern, Inédit Joe Burgio & Kristiana Hubley, Charlotte Wagner, Katerine Gagnon & John Voigt, Kelley Donovan, Jen Lin Mugo Project, and so much more! Friday, April 7, 10 AM-3 PM at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville and then, 8 PM-11 PM at Greg Kowalski’s Wire Factory, fourth (top) floor, 71 Lincoln Street, Lowell.


Tap dancers in light blue jumpsuits, reach their left arm up and their right arm to their side while crossing their left foot behind their right leg.

Rhythm is Life, an effervescent celebration of percussive dance fronted by Dormeshia is coming to the MASS MoCA Hunter Center in North Adams. Joined by a jumping jazz trio and a crew of fellow hoofers, Dormeshia brings her critically acclaimed concert to North Adams for a rendezvous with rhythm co-presented by Jacob’s Pillow. Saturday, April 8, 8 PM.


Four dancers in a slight hinge forward, one of them with an arm over head.

Soloedad Barrio & Noche FlamencaSearching for GoyaNoche Flamenca expresses a rigorous, spell-binding flamenco aesthetic. Searching for Goya is a preview performance with live music, of 10-12 vignettes, integrating live performance and video projection. Saturday, April 8, 8 PM at the Williams College MainStage, 880 Main Street, Williamstown, MA.


Birds eye view of Robin Hood Camp site.

Robin Hood Camp is currently hiring Circus Counselors for this coming summer. Circus counselors teach skills such as silks, aerial hoop/lyra, trapeze, juggling, and diablo and act as cabin counselors. Must have the ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours. Extensive training at camp and room and board provided. Compensation between $3,000-$6,000 for the entire summer dates of June 14-August 17.


King Richard's Faire Audition notice with audition information displayed on a graphic with yellow and red higlights.

King Richard’s Faire is holding both virtual and in-person auditions for 2023 cast members. This year’s 42nd season of King Richard’s Faire runs weekends and Monday holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day) from September 2 through October 22.  Audition submissions must include a performance of two contrasting songs (one up-tempo and one ballad); a monologue showcasing your acting talents (does not have to be Renaissance-themed); and a demonstration of any special performance skills, for example, musical instruments, dance, magic, juggling, stilt walking or sword swallowing (!). Create an audition video, post it on YouTube, and send the link to the producers (or send the video directly), or audition for their Villager Cast in person on April 22 and 23, 12-5 PM at AS220 (115 Empire Street, Providence RI). Email the youtube link with a current photo and resume by April 30 to  info@kingrichardsfaire.net


Dancers gather in a circle in a wooden-floor space with notebooks on the floor.

Applications are now open for Kelley Donovan’s Solo Construction Lab. You’ll work 1:1 to develop your unique creative voice in movement in a supportive and open space. This workshop is meant to spark ideas for solo movement work and develop that specific work by the end of our session. Performance opportunities can be provided for the exhibition of the work if desired. Sessions Sliding Scale available. Cambridge location.


Saving Grace Dance Ensemble call for dancers poster with submission information and photo of performers on stage in a circle kneeling under a spotlight.

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble seeks adult male and female dancers with classical and modern/contemporary training for their fall season. Per-performance honorarium Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays, 9:30-1:00 PM (including company class) in Southern New Hampshire, starting September 5. If interested, send biography, resume, headshot and reel to Robyn Goulette at robyn@robyngoulette.com.


Dunamis Arts Management Apprenticeship application poster with opportunity information, a photo of the current team and artistic illustrations of flowers on the bottom left corner, a face on the upper right side and a mannequin on the lower left corner.

Apply to the Dunamis Arts Management Apprenticeship. All Boston-based arts-managers of colors are encouraged to apply. You’ll have the opportunity to be an assistant producer of the Jamaica Plain Porchfest, participate in professional development workshops, 1:1 consultations, develop a capstone project and more! Apply by April 28, 11:59 PM.


Dancer wearing a red tank top and light green shorts jumps arching back and reaching arms and legs back towards each other in a narrow street with brick buildings on both sides.

Pantos Project Dance offers a Summer Intensive for teens ages 15 and older from July 10-13 and a Pre-teen/teen Summer Workshop for ages 11-14 on August 5, 11 AM-4 PM. These programs will push dancers creatively and technically in a professional, safe environment. Daily technique classes will be led by Pantos, company dancers and guest teachers seamlessly merging commercial and concert dance. Classes include ballet, contemporary, partnering, improvisation, jazz, pilates, yoga and modern; both Graham and Horton technique.


Revisiting Fred Astaire and partners stepping out in the 1948 Irving Berlin musical “Easter Parade”


This week marks special holidays for many of us — Passover, Holy Week and Easter, and the continuation of the holy month of Ramadan. If you are celebrating, BDA sends you wishes for a wonderful, reflective time filled with warm connections with those you love.

Best wishes from BDA!

Debra Cash, Executive Director