June Dance is Busting Out All Over!

BDA Town Hall on Dance and Disability!  Thursday, June 16, 7-8:30 PM on Zoom
Join BDA as recreational and performing dancers with a range of disabilities share their work, their passions, and an emerging action agenda for a more equitable cultural ecology. 
The BDA Dance and Disability Town Hall is free, and includes ASL, CART realtime captions, and audio description. Make additional accommodation requests at dcash@bostondancealliance.org or leave a message at 508-319-9768 (Google phone) and we will get back to you.
Congratulations to Boston Center for the Arts and Director of Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts Andrea Blesso on the announcement of the renovation of a new dance space, Studio 414, in the Arts Studio Building! We look forward to visiting this dedicated space for experimentation and professional development.
The dance community is heartbroken at the unexpected passing of dancer and scientist Frederick Moss. Fred danced with Urbanity Dance, Connections Dance Theater, Jenna Pollack, The Davis Sisters, Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, ZACHOR, and VLA Dance (apologies if we left out any of his collaborators.). He was working towards a PhD in synthetic organic chemisty at Harvard and hoped to use dance and performance as a medium for science education. Our deepest condolences to all who loved this talented man.
Somerville Arts Council’s Art Assembles AiR Program presents Emotive Land by Lonnie Anela O’kalani Neff Stanton, along the Mystic River/Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, a dance shaped for this specific outdoor site.
Audience is encouraged to move and follow dancers along the river.
Tuesday, June 14 6:30pm & 7:30pm (rain date Wednesday, June 15th, same times) starts at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr., Somerville.
Lucky Plush Productions is offering a Devising Dance Theater Workshop at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. The workshop is designed for intermediate-experienced dancers and actors. In addition to experiencing a condensed overview of the company’s artistic philosophy and devising tools, the workshop will provide insight into the creation process of Rink Life.Wednesday, June 15, at 10 AM.
Assets for Artists presents Business Strategies for Artists with Shey Rivera Ríos. This two-part workshop will present strategies for developing a more sustainable art practice and will also take a look at what opportunities exist for artists in today’s economy. Suitable for artists of all disciplines. Open to Massachusetts artists with priority for the SouthCoast regionRegister via Zoom. Wednesdays June 15  and 22, 2-4 PM.
16th Annual Boston Tango Festival and 25th Anniversary of the Tango Society of Boston.  Five days of tango, passion and an unforgettable experience with world-renowned master tango teachers, live music & a dazzling tango celebration show (see details below). Pre-registration is recommended. June 15-19 at Dance Union, 16 Bow Street, Somerville.
Ana Harmon is hosting Gaga/people classes at the Dance Complex, Cambridge. All are welcome, no previous dance or Gaga experience is required. Space is limited and registration in advance is greatly appreciated.
Thursday, June 16, 10:00 AM
Monday, June 20, 6:30 PM
Monday, June 27, 6:30 PM

Thursday June 30, 10:00 AM
QUEER CABARETS, the performance project that has grown from STONES TO RAINBOWS/GAY TO QUEER LIVES by Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, is presented with a rotating cast of singers, comedians, dancers, poets and drag artists  June 16-19 at the Central Square Theatre in a range of works reflecting on love, loss and LGBTQ+ liberation.
Invisible Imprints, a documentary about 12 Boston-based poets and dancers traveling from Jackson, MS up the Great Migration Trail to Chicago screens at  WBUR  CITYSPACE Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 PM followed by talkback and reception with choreographer Anna Myer, filmmaker Jay Paris and performers from the film.
Kairos Dance Theater is featured at the Medicine Wheel/SPOKE Annual Fundraising Gala with proceeds going towards the transformation of Medicine Wheel’s new space into a cultural hub for art, performance and community programming! Kairos will premiere a new site-specific piece at the event, performed in and amongst party guests! Thursday June 16, 6-8 PM at 34 Rev Richard A. Burke St., Boston.
The 8th annual Donna Summer Disco Party is happening this Thursday, June 16, 6-9 PM on Copley Square. Get ready to dance the night away! #DonnaSummerDisco
Malcolm X Exhibit at the Strand Theater features new works by Boston Arts Academy Students. Celebrating the life and legacy of Malcolm X, this exhibit is an anticipation of the New England premiere of “Malcolm X”, an opera to be performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera. Friday, June 17 from 6:30-11:30 PM at the Strand, 543 Columbia Road, Boston.
The Dance Complex + Cultural Agora Architects in partnership with the collaborating artists present ¡Bordes! Borders! ¡Bordes! Dive into the imaginal, poetic, and dreamlike psychological landscapes of 3 Boston artists and 4 San Juan Puerto Rico artists in a performance that culminates a year of virtually dreaming together. Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 8 PM at The Dance Complex @ Canal in Kendall Square.
The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble presents John Blow’s “Venus & Adonis, A Mournful Masque in 3 Parts” with choreography by Alissa Cardone June 17-19 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street, East Cambridge.
Juneteenth Block Party at Nubian Square features ÜNI by Boston Ballet, a multimedia pop-up experience that brings people together and breaks down preconceived notions about dance. The one-of-a-kind dome structure for presenting expansive dance films and audio-visual artworks is both an intimate experience and sculptural spectacle for the senses. Friday, June 17 capping off the Embrace Ideas Festival.
Marblehead School of Ballet presents a ‘Polish Folk Dance‘ class with Eddie Lempitski, an MSB graduate and a past performer with the North Shore Civic Ballet. Eddie was a member of the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston and performed throughout North America and Poland. Learn the Krakowiak, the national dance of Poland, and if time permits, the Polish polka.
Saturday, June 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Marblehead School of Ballet.
Framingham’s daylong Many Cultures, One Heart festival on Saturday June 18 features CJT Dream Dance with both classical Chinese and K-Pop dance; Kasibahagua Indigenous Dancers from the Taino Arawak tribe; MOHI Parivar, a MetroWest Indian Parivar, whose student groups perform a fusion of classical dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, as well as a Bhangra folk dance; and Heavey Quinn’s talented young Irish stepdancers. Plus arts and crafts, music, and more to put the spotlight on the community’s diversity.
Celebrate Pride with Catherine Siller‘s “The Reveal,” a free interactive dance performance about finding joy in gender. The 45-minute performance will be followed by a brief audience talkback. There will be Spanish captions throughout the performance and an interpreter for the talkback. Masks are required and will be provided at the door. Capacity is limited. Saturday, June 18 at 8 PM at Connexion in Somerville.
Jacob’s Pillow 90th Anniversary Gala online and in person!
This year’s gala lineup includes Kinetic Light, Adam Weinert and Dancers performing an excerpt of Ted Shawn’s 1938 Dance of the Ages, Sara Mearns and Gilbert Bolden III, Irene Rodríguez and Guests and a new work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa performed by The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ballet Performance Ensemble. Plus luminaries inaugurating the newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre stage.
Saturday, June 18.
Celebrate Tango Show 
Rich colors, movement, music, energy, and passion will fill the stage at Celebrate Tango! This performance is also a part of the Annual Boston Tango Festival.
Saturday, June 18 at 8 PM.
Dante Alighieri Society
41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge.
Somerville Arts Council’s Art Assembles AiR Program presents Cassandre Charles at the Crystal Ballroom Somerville. The Black Arts Sanctuary is a TIME-based performance and visual arts exhibition celebrating African and Africana Diaspora contribution to American history and pop culture. Sunday, June 19.
Join Jean Appolon Expressions in their Lawrence Summer Dance Institute, a free program for young dancers exploring connection and culture through dance. Registration is now open.
Teens (ages 11-18): July 18 – 22
Youth (ages 5-12): July 25 -August 5. Final Performance and Community Celebration August 6.
Motion State Dance Film Series invites filmmakers to submit short films (maximum duration 15 minutes) to its traveling film festival. Focus is on works where dance and cinematography play equal creative roles. Motion State Dance Film Series is excited to explore the ever-expanding definitions of “dance” and “choreography,” and is open to including films that use adjacent technologies, such as animation, computer graphics, and puppetry. Deadline is August 5.
Join Sarab-Mirage dance company Tuesday June 14, 6 PM for a brief presentation on what it takes and what to expect when you join the raqs troupe for 2022 projects. This is a chance to formulate your questions in a Zoom meeting with Sarab-Mirage’s director, Seyyide Sultan.  Deadline to apply to be a part of the troupe is Friday, June 17.
Assets for Artists is looking for a new full-time, remote Artists Program Manager to oversee a variety of artist professional development programming for a portfolio of community partnerships across MA, RI and CT. Salary $47,000 – $50,000 + benefits.
Multicultural Arts Centerin Cambridgeis seeking a part-time Artistic Directorto execute an artistic vision to advance our mission, a  co-leadership role with the Managing Director. The ideal candidate will have a background in the visual or performing arts and have a strong commitment to anti-racism, equity and ethical leadership. They will bring excitement towards the transformational opportunity to develop and execute an artistic vision, a willingness to support and nurture emerging artists, as well as interest in/experience with working with professional artists and companies. An ability to hold strong boundaries while also remaining collaborative is an asset, as is some knowledge of Cambridge and the history of the surrounding neighborhood.


The Trocks mix artistry and joyous comedy in their gender bent interpretations of ballet classics.
The full documentary of these artistic pioneers is now streaming on PBS.

June is busting out all over and we’re so glad to be able to share the news and breadth of activity across our community as we re-emerge.

Happy Father’s Day and (ahead of the Monday public holiday) Happy Juneteenth!

Debra Cash, Executive Director