Explore the world this summer! “Visit” four countries– Mali, Mexico, Morocco, and the Philippines – without leaving Boston! The Mary Baker Eddy Library hosts its 18th One World series Tuesdays, July 11–August 1, 10 AM– 1 PM at 210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. At this free youth event, participants explore a different global culture each week through live performances, art projects, and a book giveaway. This week Ammaya Dance and Drum celebrates Mali!
Folk Arts Center of New England resumes their free summer outdoor dance series, formerly known as “Folk Dancing by the Fountain,” now coming to the heart of Boston. Dancing on the Greenway is an 8-week Tuesday night series will offer a variety of dance genres from all over the world, including contras, Turkish, international, Cape Breton set dancing, and more. The series starts Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 PM, with an English Ceilidh, led by returning dance teacher and band leader Alex Cumming.
Kellian and Brian Pletcher’s monthly Swing Lessons with live music by Gray Gafarov happens this week! Class runs from 7-8 PM and open social dancing follows until the end of the event at 10 PM. Don’t miss this night of tasty food, great company, and irresistible swing! Tuesday, July 11, 7-10 PM at The Moldova Restaurant, 344 Watertown Street, Newton.
Head west to Jacob’s Pillow to watch some amazing performances this week. Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart performs in the Ted Shawn Theatre and Ananya Dance Theatre, Versa-Style Dance Company, and physically integrated AXIS Dance Company come to the open air Henry Leir stage. Performances take place Wednesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 16.
Join Moves n’ Vibes and MetaMovements as they welcome back Anara, from MetaMovements. The first hour will be focused on Spinning and Styling and the second hour on Movement and Musicality. Tuesday, July 18, 7-9 PM at Moves & Vibes Entertainment Co., 44 5th St. Cambridge.
“PLAYFIGHT: unprofessional wrestling theater” is presented at the Cambridge Foundry. Dani Robbins and Sophia Eliana explore themes of care, violence, and labor politics through the lens of professional wrestling. Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14 at 7 PM. Sliding scale tickets are available.
Join Raices Latin Dance‘s very own Lindiana for a special Summer Ladies Styling Performance Challenge! Lindiana is back by popular demand to train the next batch of Salseras this summer in a cycle geared to Advanced Beginner-Intermediate level dancers. Performance will take place in September. Rehearsals on Wednesdays, starting July 12, 7:30 PM in Worcester.
This weekend catch GERALDCASELDANCE Not About Race Dance at the Bates Dance Festival. Casel and his collaborators occupy a space that has been historically defined by white artists to present a contrasting vision of where Black and Brown bodies belong. Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 PM at the Schaeffer Theatre.
Enjoy a screening of Dirty Dancing outdoors in Allston/Brighton Wednesday, July 12. at Athlete’s Park Hills, Boston Landing. The pre-party starts at 7:30 PM and the movie starts at 8:30 PM. Also enjoy a live DJ, free cotton candy, cash bar & food stations.
Pop-up class with Mosaic taught by Artistic Director, Katie Suyematsu happens Wednesday, July 12, 8:30-10:00 PM at The Studio: A Dance Center for Adults in Brookline. Class will consist of a warm up, jazz technique/movement across the floor, and a jazz funk combo. Please register by emailing email@example.com
Experience a unique Contact Tango Workshop with Eliana Bonard and Daniel Trenner at Earthdance. Eliana and Daniel explore some of the overlapping commonalities and distinctive differences of Contact Improvisation and the Argentine Tango. They hope to encourage dancers to widen their improvisational vocabularies and overcome any confusions about how these two divergent forms of improvisational dance can inform each other. Three day workshop runs Friday, July 14-Sunday July 16, at Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA.
Celebrate Irish dance during the Boston Irish Dance Weekend for a series of classes, conversations and, of course, traditional styles of dance at multiple venues across the Boston area including a private home, the Dance Complex and Marina Bay Ferry Terminal, Quincy. Saturday, July 15 starting at 9 AM and Sunday, July 16, starting at 10 AM.
Ann Biddle (Director, DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli offer a Delving Mini-Workshop featuring Gauthier Dance. This interactive movement-based workshop focuses on the work of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Workshop participants receive a 20% discount to same-day performances of Gauthier Dance in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Saturday, July 15, 10 AM–1 PM at the Sommers Studio of Jacob’s Pillow.
Salsa en el 23: Celebrating 50 Years of Festival Betances Are you ready to dance salsa like never before? New England’s longest-running Latino cultural festival is back at Plaza Betances. Join the celebration of 50 years of community, music, and so much more! Saturday, July 15, 12-8 PM at 100 W Dedham St, Boston.
Don’t miss the Art Beat Dance Showcase 2023 featuring performances by DrumatiX, Mary Flynn Murphy Dancers, Soune Claveus, Laura Sanchez Flamenco, EVENTUAL DANCE COMPANY, Dara Nicole Capley, Sinha Capoeira, Modern Connections, and Flamenco Boston. All performances are free and open to the public. Saturday, July 15, 1-4 PM at the Somerville Theater.
Annex Contemporary Dance Company at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts presents new and repertory works by Artistic Director Julie Hebb, originally from Massachusetts and former principal dancer with NYC’s Rebecca Kelly Ballet. Utilizing contemporary ballet and modern dance forms, Hebb’s choreography explores the dancers’ relationship to diverse musical scores and to one another––investigating what pulls people together and drives them apart. Saturday, July 15, 2:30 PM.
Music From The Sole celebrates tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). They will perform I Didn’t Come to Stay on Saturday, July 15, 7 PM at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center.
The Arangetram of Shailaja Gillet, student of Manasa Jayanthi, takes place Saturday, July 15 3:30 PM, at Littleton High School. Translated as “ascending the stage,” an Arangetram is the first complete solo stage performance by a bharatanatyam dancer after several years of formal training. This milestone event symbolizes the transition from a student to a performer. The public is welcome. For more information, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Balboa on a Sunday Afternoon, for the Now Times will once again be back in Studio 2 of the Dance Complex hosting an open practice and social dance! There will be an optional group warm-up and exercise starting around 12:15 PM and then there’ll be music for practice until 1:15 PM at which point DJ’d music for social dancing will start. The plan is to wrap up around 3:15 PM and then head down the street for drinks, snacks, and socializing at an outdoor patio, weather permitting. Sunday, July 16, 12:00-3:30 PM, The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
Summer Soiree Ballroom Dinner Dance features an afternoon of dancing to the sounds of the Dave Burbank Orchestra playing all of your favorite ballroom dance music including waltzes, foxtrots, salsas, rumbas, tangos, hustles, and more. Sunday, July 16, doors open at 1:00 PM, and a beginner friendly Rumba lesson starts at 1:30 PM. General dancing from 2:00-5:30 PM at Maironis Banquet Facilities, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave, Shrewsbury, MA.
Noted bharatanatyam dancer and teacher Jothi Raghavan presents a free Lecture Demonstration on Creative Choreography July 16 5-7PM at 12 A Street, Burlington, MA.
This year you will have two opportunities to experience the fourth annual Day of Dance at MAGMA – Movement Arts Gloucester (5th floor of Brown’s Mall). The first date is this Sunday, July 16, starting at 9:30 AM, offering four different genres for you to enjoy with teachers Jeannette Neill, Sue Murray, Sarah Slifer Swift and Laura Dow. Email email@example.com for more information.
Join No Boundaries intensive running from July 24-29, at Stonehill College, Easton, MA. Overnight campers and commuters welcome. There are 3 age divisions: 9-12, 13-14, 15+.
Join the Training, Creation and Performance Intensive with Loom Ensemble. This immersive experience of collaborative, interdisciplinary dance-theater creation will run from July 31-August 6 at EarthDance. During this weeklong residency, participants will train daily in dance, theatermaking, and performance techniques in the morning. In the afternoon, Artistic Directors Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks will work with participants to devise ensemble dance-theater performances. Participants will then publicly perform these pieces, as a fully-integrated part of Loom’s professional touring show, “Tell Me How You Breathe: Dance-Theater for Collective Liberation” Performances at Earthdance will take place Friday and Saturday nights, August 4 and 5. The show will then move to Boston for a Sunday evening performance on August 6.
It’s Disability Pride Month!
Hope to see you in the theatre, studio, on the dance floor or under the summer sky!
Debra Cash, Executive Director