Loving Dance

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MassCreative has sent a letter to the new administration of Governor Maura Healey endorsed by many local arts organizations and individuals calling for $5 per capita for the Mass Cultural Council in the next state budget. This would bring the budget to $35 million from its current  $23.4 million in FY23, approximately $3.28 per capita, which was a 9.4% increase from the year prior.

It’s always a good time to reach out to your state senator and representative to let them know that the arts deserve increased support!


Ana Harmon in front of a lilac background reaches arms up behind her head and spreads fingers out to thumbs are touching.

New Gaga/people class with Ana Harmon featuring a smaller class size starts near Inman Square Tuesdays, February 14 & 21, 6-7 PM at Vivid Oblivion, 288 Norfolk St. Cambridge. Venmo payments are accepted. If the new registration platform gives you trouble, if you need any special accommodations or have any questions/requests, please send email ana.harmon@gmail.com.


Toi et Mois poster with event details on a paper littered with red hearts and a giftwrapped box. Watermark behind is a dancing couple.

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day and show how much you care by sharing an experience to remember with your partner. Join us for a romantic Konpa dance class followed by a cozy practice session taught by AshThéo & Chidi at Toi et Moi (You and Me) presented by Kwality Kiz  Tuesday, February 14 7:30-10PM at the Revent Space in Boston. All couples welcomed.


Dancehall Playgrung Femaile Edition poster with pink neon light font and white bold fonts with event information and a photo of dancer in all black sitting on a swing

Join Elzz for a Female Dancehall workshop! This workshop, while open to all genders, will focus on what is considered traditional female Dancehall movement. Dancehall is a style of dance, music, and culture from Jamaica and was developed out of an ongoing need for expression and escape from hardship. Workshop participants will learn popular Dancehall moves, combining them into choreography. Wednesday, February 15, 8:30 PM at the Dance Complex.


"Who can dance?" poster with featured speakers' headshots and event information.

Who Can Dance? To what extent does dance as a lived or as a non-lived practice shape black, white and other identities? Can dance be an instrument to dismantle and challenge positions of power? What does diversity in dance really mean? Is dance universal –can everybody dance? Or is dance an expression of your own specific identity? Join the free panel discussion on diversity in dance with German author and journalist Alice Hasters and Kurt A. Douglas, Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory, moderated by Peter DiMuro. Join online or in-person Friday, February 17, 6:00–7:30 PM at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street.


Workshop poster with event information on the right side and a photo of Clara  Ramona in typical flamenco attire reaching both arms over head and back while holding a purple shawl.

Join Clara Ramona for a Flamenco and Spanish Dance master class workshop series at Main Street Dance Center ( 621 Main Street) in Waltham. Sign up to harness the powerful energy of flamenco, feel the rhythm, get inspired! Fridays February 17-April 7. Flamenco class 6:45-7:45 PM and Classical Spanish Dance 7:45-8:45 PM


"Reverberate" poster with white and yellow streaks on the background and a dancer in a lunge bending their back with one arm over head and one across torso.

Urbanity Dance presents Reverberate, a new work showcasing  Urbanity Underground and Junior Apprentice dancers. Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18, 7 PM at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge.


Versa-Style Dance Company Members pose in front of a white background. Most dancers are jumping and 3 are posed with feet on the floor.

Join Versa-Style Dance Company in Pittsfield for a free workshop followed by a performance! Learn the fundamentals of street dance forms including Hip Hop, Popping, House, Waacking, and Krump. This workshop will explore the foundations of each style, including the rhythm and timing of movements, grooves, vocabulary, and cultural and historical contexts. Open to all ages and abilities. Capacity is limited; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Saturday, February 18, 12-1 PM. Performance follows at 5 PM at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 16 Melville Street, Pittsfield.


Jordan and Mike dance in at a pier during sunset. Their silhouettes show one dancer flipping another in the air.

Jordan and Mike are back for more air steps a la Lindy Hop! Discover a distinctive style of partner acrobatics from Lindy Hop and related partner dances. Think powerful, fast, and rhythmic moves, executed with energy and precision. Develop the specific base and flier skills required for these types of moves building from your existing abilities. Saturday, February 18, 2 PM & 5:30 PM at Esh Circus Arts, 44 Park St, Somerville, MA.


"El Bonche in Boston presents Cuban Saturday Night" written in red, white and yellow over maroon background.

El Bonche is back for its second Cuban Night! Join an epic dance night with some Timba, old school salsa and more! Kick off the night with a beginner class starting at 6:30 PM The party will go from 7:30 PM until 11 PMSaturday, February 18, at Rumba Y Timbal Dance Company, 7 Temple Street Cambridge, MA.


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Show off your singing, rapping, dancing, or instrument skills at the first Diggity Dom Entertainment LLC Open Floor! One mic, speaker, and sound will be provided. Saturday, February 18, 7-9 PM at Urbanity Dance Headquarters, 1180 Washington Street.


Penciled illustration of characters from Alice in Wonderland with "Alice in Underwearland" written around the drawing.

BeauTease Burlesque presents Alice in Underwearland! inspired by the classic storybooks Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It’s a fun and naughty twist on the original tales and will have craft cocktails throughout the night to go along with their dozen Alice-themed acts. Saturday, February 18, 8 PM & 10 PM at Deacon Giles Distillery, 75 Canal Street, Salem, MA.


Velada Flamenca poster with photo of flamenco dancer in red dress dancing in the center of a semi circle of musicians.

Velada Flamenca, presented by Omayra Amaya Flamenco, is a dynamic show that uses the lens of flamenco to present a unique vision of our current times. The performance features original music and choreography that will take the audience on a journey not soon forgotten. Saturday, February 18, 8:00 – 9:30 PM & Sunday, February 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Dance Complex.


Three ballet dancers in their costumes pose together: one dancer lifts another from the waist as the thirs one observes in the background in awe.

Affectionately known as “the Trocks,” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo perform at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Catch the all-male dance company in yet another hilarious gender-bending evenig of classical ballet. Sunday, February 19, 3 PM at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA.



Rachel Spencer Hewitt, a white presenting woman with shoulder length dark hair wears a dark tee shirt with white letters "A Mother's Place is in the Theatre"

Are you a dancer with caregiving responsibilities and trying to juggle it all?  The Parent Artist Advocacy League is conducting a survey for a multi-year study and wants to hear from you as part of an overall mission to support creatives in the performing arts and media. Deadline is March 1.


Three dancers on a tiny wooden elevated stage while people gather around and watch their performance.

2023 Salem Arts Festival DANCE applications are live! Apply to perform on their tiny 4′ x 4′ outdoor stage or in their beautiful and historic Old Town Hall. This is a free-to-the-public, family-friendly event. Audience interaction, spectacle, and eye-catching costumes are especially encouraged. Festival runs June 2-4. Reach out to salemartsfestivaldance@gmail.com withquestions. Deadline for applications is Saturday, April 1.


Dancer in a dark space dances with luminescent costume and flowy fabric in a space with multiple green lit dots.

Dancers needed for “Constellation Stories” performanceLuminarium is looking for 7 dancers to restage Guerra’s piece “Constellation Stories”. This 14-minute contemporary piece will be performed at the Boston Museum of Science on May 18 as part of a larger production of the same name. Dancers MUST be available for the March 9 rehearsal, May 17 Tech Rehearsal, and May 18 performance. Preference will be given to dancers who can additionally attend BOTH of the two review rehearsals (April 18 and May 12).

Gann Academy dancers on stage pose with arms out by their sides and over head.

Gann Academy’s Dance Company seeks Guest Teacher. The Gann Dance Company is a group of high school dancers that frequently explore contemporary, modern, and improvisational movement twice a week together. The Guest Artist would teach at the Gann campus (in Waltham) on May 22 and 24 from 4:00-5:00. The stipend for this guest teaching is $300. Through this guesting experience, the goal is to give the students the opportunity to explore a new (to them) movement form. The students have expressed specific interest in learning Tango, Flamenco, or Capoeira, but they would be eager to explore other classes as well! Please send your resume/CV and a brief example of how you would use the 2 hours of class time at Gann via email to kpustizzi@gannacademy.org.


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NEFA seeks a full-time Program Manager, Regional Grants and InitiativesThe Program Manager, Regional Grants and Initiatives, manages and implements all aspects of NEFA’s suite of programs, services, and initiatives that build the capacity of New England artists and arts organizations through grantmaking, professional development, partnerships and network building.


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Expand Massachusetts Stories (Up to $20,000) grants support projects that collect, interpret, and share narratives about the commonwealth, emphasizing the voices and experiences that have gone unrecognized or have been excluded from public conversation. As part of the EMS grant program, Mass Humanities also offers Advancing Equity Track grants to 15 applicants whose projects are led by people from historically excluded communities, and whose organizations meet additional criteria. The Advancing Equity Track applications are open with Letter of Inquiries due on Monday, March 20. Applications for the EMS Open Track opens Monday, March 20, with applications due on Monday, May 22. An online webinar for anyone interested in applying takes place on Thursday, February 16 at 1 PM. A video of the webinar will be shared on masshumanities.orgThis is one grant where having a clear sense of your eligibility really matters, so watch the webinar!


Putting the T in tango! Krakow dancers Anna Sieprawska & Marcin Sieprawski celebrate Valentine’s Day

Love is always worth celebrating but the holiday and its attendant marketing can make for a lonely or frustrating time.

If all the roses (and chocolates!) get you down, remember your love for dance and all the wonderful people it has brought into your life.

We love our dance community!

Be well,

Debra Cash, Executive Director