Gala Gladness and So Much More!



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Your generous bid on items in the 2023 BDA Online Silent Auction supports dance throughout our community!
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Embrace Boston‘s Juneteenth Block Party kicks off the Juneteenth weekend within the heart of Boston at Roxbury Community College! The Embrace Ideas Block Party will celebrate artistic expression through a lively party that will include some of the city’s best turntablists. This celebration will be a joyful night of dancing, music, community, and delicious food provided by the area’s best BIPOC-owned food trucks  Friday, June 16, 2 PM.
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Join the Brookline Juneteenth Block Party a day of family-friendly fun, featuring music, food, activities, and more. A section of Harvard street will be blocked off for vendors and variety of games will be set up for everyone to enjoy. For those who prefer a more relaxed approach, there will be a variety of “take a break” areas featuring water and cooling stations and blanketed areas with pillows. Free food will also be on hand to offer tasty treats for everyone, including soul food, tacos, and ice cream. There will also be a dance party with a live DJ. Sunday, June 18, 12-4 PM, Florida Ruffin Ridley School, 345 Harvard Street, Brookline.
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers will perform as part of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s week-long celebrations for Juneteenth. The Reclaiming Black Narratives program will include repertory ranging from 2006 to 2017. Sunday, June 18, 4 PM at The Music Hall, The Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH.
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Join Meghan McLyman and Kristen Dufy Young in Moving to Connect at The Dance Complex! This class will utilize Laban movement analysis/Bartenieff fundamentals to find connectivity, fluidity and ease in the body. Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00-11:30 AM.
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Izizwe Dance Collective presents Convergence, an evening length dance performance exploring themes around individualism, collective purpose, and common humanity. Tuesday, June 13, 6 PM at the Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street #1, Lawrence.
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Enjoy a FREE Rumba Workshop with Dance Caliente. The Somerville Senior Center has invited Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves to teach and demonstrate the rumba. This is a passionate and romantic dance that will have your hips swaying and your hearts pumping while everyone laughs and learns together. All levels and abilities welcome. Thursday, June 15 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.
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Get your groove on at the annual summer disco party honoring five-time Grammy winner and Boston native, Donna Summer! The event will be back at City Hall Plaza this year so dust off your skates and disco attire and get ready to boogie down for free! Friday, June 16, 5-9 PM.
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Celebrando Tango, Musica y Cultura celebrates several aspects of tango including Argentinian food, classes, guided practice and performance! Events happen from Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM to Sunday, June 18, 10:00 PM at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Somerville. Register by Thursday, June 15!
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Let’s Dance! Enjoy free dance lessons featuring the “cha-cha”, a special guest instructor and music by DJ Brendan! Email to reserve a table or if you have any questions. Friday, June 16, 7:15-11:30 PM, at Pontian Hall, 120 Bay State Dr, Braintree.
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Whitney & FriendsBoston Gay Men’s Chorus‘ upcoming June concert, is a must-see event for fans of Whitney Houston and other iconic divas. This concert celebrates Pride with a tribute to Whitney Houston along with performances of songs from Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys. With its stunning vocal harmonies and high-energy dance numbers, this concert promises to be a thrilling celebration of music and LGBTQ+ culture. Friday, June 16, & Saturday, June 17, at 8 PM, and Sunday, June 18, at 3 PM at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston.
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Arlington’s free, festive one-day-only music extravaganza is back and bigger & better than ever! Arlington’s Porchfest is a grassroots music festival where bands play on front porches across town and people walk, bike or drive around — and dance across sidewalks and streets  — enjoying outdoor music, performances, and visual arts exhibits. Saturday, June 17, 12-6 PM, check website for addresses.
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Diverse Voices will showcase the cultural diversity of the Merrimack Valley through music, dance, art, and spoken word. This free event will be held Saturday, June 17 1-5 PM at the Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Andover, MA.
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Join the Evita choreography team in Momentos de Tango. Between shows on select Saturdays, enjoy a relaxed opportunity to enjoy food, drink, socializing, music, and dance. Audience members who are new to tango are invited for a short introductory tango lesson, followed by a dance floor open to all levels of experience. No RSVP or partner required. Saturdays, June 17 and July 8, 4:30 PM at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge.
Photo of flamenco dancer Laura Sanchez twirling her shawl.
Showcasing a wide range of movement styles, the Dance Complex’ eclectic Teaching Artists Concert celebrates the vibrancy of the variety that occurs at The Dance Complex every day.  Saturday, June 17, 8 PM, & Sunday, June 18, 7 PM at The Dance Complex. company dancers in a dark stage in deep lunges and squats. presents Unity Day at Franklin Field Housing Development on Sunday, June 18, at 6 PM. The event will feature a youth performance from teens participating in an eight-week arts workshop, followed by a performance of Suite Talk; audience talk back and a barbecue follow. Free and all are welcome!
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Call for Dancers! Choreographer Liana C. Percoco is collaborating with the Boston Public Quartet to create a multi-sensory arts experience at the Schoolmaster Hill Ruins in Boston’s Franklin Park on September 9, 2-4 PM. Liana is looking for dancers with strong modern-based and collaborative performance skills who feel comfortable dancing outside on uneven terrain and engaging with audience members during the event. Rehearsals will take place between August 19 and September 8. Register to audition and let Liana know about your interest and availability (even if not available for the audition time). Monday, June 12, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM at Akasha Studio, 4155 Washington St., Roslindale.
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Moving Dance Company seeks two versatile dancers with strong acting skills for This Is Not Content Art Gallery Dance Show” which will be presented Saturday, July 22 at 7 and 8:30 PM at a Boston Seaport gallery. Dancers may be adept in contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern or hip hop and must be professional and reliable. Must be able to work as Boston local hires. If interested, please submit dance reel, headshot, resumé, improvisation clip and any other relevant materials to  Please indicate any major time conflicts between now and 7/22.
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Moonbox Productions seeks dancers for on and off busking style Cypher/Space activation outdoors for Boston New Works Fest Year 2 happening June 24 and 25, 1-8 PM at the Boston Center for the Arts. Hip Hop/Tap Freestyle/Improv skills necessary. Dancers can work both days or work partial hours. Parking, food, local travel fees covered. If interested, please contact .
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For Artists By Artists (FABA) is a technical assistance program for artists in Boston to access free high quality video production services to support and propel their creative practice. Five Boston artists will be selected through an application process to receive services in the summer of 2023. FABA is not only providing services to artists of marginalized identities, but is also hiring marginalized artists to work on our program and productions – creating jobs and opportunity on both ends to help sustain and grow Boston’s creative workers. Priority will be given to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and creative workers living in Boston neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19. Apply today!
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Calling all early-career contemporary dancers of color: applications for the MIDDAY Movement BIPOC Professional Dancer Mentorship Program are now open! Program benefits include class-taking stipends, personal stipends, personalized mentorship, and peer-to-peer support. Deadline to apply is July 7.
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LeAnne Leslie’s School Of Theatrical Dance is looking for a Ballet Instructor for Thursday afternoon/evenings! (4:00pm – 7:30pm Beginner – Intermediate levels) and a Hip-Hop instructor for Wednesday evenings (6:00pm – 8:00pm Beginner – Intermediate). If interested, please send resume to
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Movement House Dance Collaborative is seeking a ballet teacher for the fall. Teacher must be available to teach in Stoneham on Thursdays, 4:45-8 PM. The studio is non-competitive and values creating a positive environment. Contact if interested.
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Join CJ Donohue for Moving in Community summer series. Designed for all types of movers, this improvisation composition class combines  writing, improv, and community sharing.  Beginning with a juicy yoga-inspired warm up and ending with a meditative sound bath, this improvisation composition class will prompt movers to exchange ideas, words, and movement phrases, leading up to an improvisational score, all while moving in community. Mondays June 12-July 31, 1-3 PM at The Foundry’s Dance Studio (Shop 11), 101 Rogers St, Cambridge.
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Origination Cultural Arts Center is hosting a 5-week summer intensive including African Dance, Hip-Hop, Modern, self-esteem workshops and field trips! ReadySetDance! aims to provide high-quality dance instruction and performance opportunities to youth ages 8-13.  The program is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced young dancers who have expressed an interest in further developing or discovering their technical and performance skills.  Each dancer will receive 112.5 hours of instruction and will receive free dance attire and costumes for the culminating performance.
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We are so looking forward to celebrating with the Boston area dance community, and friends across the country and around the world, as BDA honors our great Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champions and 2023 Unsung Hero this Thursday evening at the accessible Arts at the Armory in Somerville!

It is going to be a great event with a delicious full buffet, drinks, ASL interpreted performances and honor ceremonies, and a few surprises.

Tickets are still available! Bring a friend! You’ll be glad you did.

Looking forward to seeing you in person or online! 

Debra Cash, Executive Director