Happy Memorial Day and Happy Pride!

Boston Dance Alliance is delighted to welcome Carmen Rizzo as our new Operations and Membership Associate! Carmen, a native of Brazil, is an active dancer and teacher in our community, performing with Kairos Dance Theater, Holly Stone, and Grant Jacoby and teaching at Pure Barre and studios across the Boston area. Having earned a degree at Manhattanville College with a dual major in dance and business management summa cum laude, she has a range of talents that will help BDA take its next post-pandemic steps!

We also bid a fond farewell to Miranda BrownMiranda joined BDA in the early days of the pandemic lockdown, working remotely from Brooklyn, and her problem-solving and organizational skills helped BDA navigate perhaps the most challenging time in our history. We are so grateful, and know that as she continues her dancing, yoga, and arts administration life in New York we will continue to hear great things about her activities!




Somerville Arts Council’s Art Assembles AiR Program is hosting Caitlin Canty, Catherine Siller and Jessica Roseman in in-progress showings, Show #1. Catch them at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, Tuesday, May 31 at 7PM.

Cirque du Soleil takes to the ice in Crystal, turning the Agganis Arena on the Boston University campus into an unseasonably frozen playground full of artful skating and aerial feats. The engagement begins June 1 and runs through June 12. 


#HELLABLACK Live Mixtape – Pride Edition BCA’s interdisciplinary live mixtape highlighting black artistry returns after two years for Pride! This event aims to lift up the many intersections of blackness and queerness through dance, music, spoken word and visual art. Proving once again that black art matters. Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 PM at BCA Plaza Theatre.


MacArthur fellow Michelle Dorrance honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually in SOUNDspace, which explores movement as music. One night only on Thursday, June 2, 8 PM at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, part of the Global Arts Live Spring Dance Fest.


BONDS: A Dance Film Showcase is a Boston creatives’ paradise! Performers include Boston-based dancers, singers, and rappers. In addition to the showcase, there will be local vendors, raffle items, BONDS merchandise, and a DJ to keep the party going! Thursday, June 2, 7 PM – 2 AM  at the Middle East in Cambridge. 21+


Attend a celebratory book signing for Deborah Mason Dudley’s memoir “Life Is But A Dance My Life Experiences From My Youth, To My Business and All the Places in Between” Friday June 3, 4-8 PM at Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center in Somerville.  Copies of the book, which covers her childhood and 47 years as teacher and mentor in the greater Boston dance community, will be available for sale during the event and are available for order on Amazon.

For the first time since the pandemic, the Folk Arts Center’s Dance Party with the All Girl Band Friday, June 3 8-10:30 PM happens at
Payson Park Church in Belmont. Dancers from Paul Collins’s Virtual Dance Room will join the dancing on Zoom  during w a high-energy, super-charged evening of dance and community!


Register for free webinar by June 3 for information Session with the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) on June 7 at 2 PM The NEA Dance Arts Team will present an overview of the funding category Grants for Arts Projects, share tips for applicants to submit a competitive dance application, and conduct a Q&A session.


Celebrating live theatrical performance and artistic collaboration as well as audience-gathering after two pandemic years, Awakenings features choreographers Lynne Johnson Grynkewicz and Anne Lemos Edgerton from Moving West Dance Theatre, classical guitarist Dave McLellan, pianist Vytas Baksys, violinist Anne Hooper Webb, and videographer Curtis Graham Grynkewicz Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4 at 8 PM in Framingham.


RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company  performs The Equality of Night and Day with an original score by Jason Moran set to spoken word by Angela Davis; Come Ye inspired by the music and sociopolitical legacies of artists-activists Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, and Mercy, a collaboration with composer Meshell Ndegeocello. Part of the Global Arts Live Spring Dance FestSaturday, June 4 at 8 PM at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.


If you didn’t win tickets at the BDA Silent Auction, you can still attend Be Here! Be You! an LGBTQ+ dance and skating party at the beautiful new Skating Club of Boston in Norwood which benefits the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Gender Surgery, a resource for folks ages 15-35 planning affirming therapy and surgeries. Ticket includes parking, brief professional performance, hot chocolate, rental skates, and social skating with DJ. Saturday, June 4 6PM.


A prince, glass slipper and a wish…North Atlantic Ballet returns to the Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA, presenting Cinderella, a beloved ballet filled with wit, humor, and the dream of finding true love. Saturday, June 4 at 12 PM & 5 PM and Sunday, June 5 at 12 PM & 5 PM Come dressed in your ballroom best or join NAB’s raffle to win a pair of Cinderella’s glass slippers.


MALPASO DANCE COMPANYCuba’s stunning contemporary dance company,  will perform  Stillness in Bloom by Aszure Barton, Lullaby for Insomnia by Daile Carrazana, woman with water by Mats Ek, and Tabula Rasa by Ohad Naharin as a part of the Global Arts Live Spring Dance FestSunday, June 5 at 8 PM at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.


A weekend filled with dance at the Salem Arts Festival.  Watch dance performances all weekend long at their Tiny Dance Stage and Dance Block spaces, featuring performances by Off Beat Tap Company, SLOWBURN Dance, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, OnStage Dance Company and so many more.



Audition for Kairos Dance Theater Registration deadline June 1  KAIROS is seeking dancers, apprentices, trainees and class fellows for the 2022-23 Season. Audition on Wednesday, June 8, 12-4 PM at Complex @ Canal in Kendall Square, Cambridge. BIPOC, AAPI, and LGBTQIA+ dancers and performers trained in diverse dance styles are strongly encouraged to audition.


Join Katie Pustizzi for a “Liquid Spine” Improv Class & Jam. This is a space for you to explore your unique movement language via flowing, floating, rippling, and other water-inspired movements. This experience will allow you to dive into movement in a stress-free and supportive environment. Movers are welcome to participate as a student, or as their audition for the first “Liquid Spine” dance film.
Friday, June 3 from 7:30-9:00 PM at 25R East St. Winchester, MA.
*The class and audition are for movers 18+.


OnStage Dance Company is currently accepting applications for their 2nd annual, OnStage 360°! This event is a performance series of work performed in the round. Their last show featured works from over 15 dance companies and choreographers from the Greater Boston area. Application Deadline: Sunday, June 12 Performance: Saturday, July 30 at Mass Motion in Brighton.


Providence College Deptartment of Theatre, Dance, and Film seeks experienced choreographer(s) for fall guest artist residency leading to November performances. Rehearsal dates: mid-September through mid-November, approximately 3 hours/week, days/times TBD. They are especially interested in choreographers who work in African diasporic forms including vernacular or contemporary jazz, rhythm tap, or West African dance. Create 7-10 minute original work for 6-10 college dancers. Fee: $1,500. For more information contact: woliver@providence.edu


Amit Patel reinvents Bollywood in California with a PRIDE LGBTQ+ accent.


We hope you’ve been able to take advantage of the long holiday weekend in a way that has been safe and restorative.

Happy Pride Month!  And say tuned for more news from BDA as summer gets into full swing.


Debra Cash, Executive Director