No April Fooling About Great Dance!


Misty Copeland leaps with one leg straight forward and the other slightly bent behind her while reaching one arm up and the other side ways.

Congratulations to Misty Copeland, who will be in Becket this summer to accept the 2023 Jacob’s Pillow Dance AwardPamela Tatge, executive and artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow, said Copeland was chosen “for her artistry as a prima ballerina who has a deep connection to the form, extraordinary musicality, and prowess as an artist to convey the emotions and the intention of whatever choreographer she’s been introduced to.” Read more in the Globe.



Flamenco masterclasses poster with colorful background and black and white image of Nino de los Reyes with one hand up behind his head and the other forward in front of his chest.

Nino de los Reyes is leading masterclasses Monday, March 27-Tuesday, April 11 at the Dance Complex. This internationally renowned flamenco dancer/choreographer/teacher is the first dancer to win a Grammy for dance as a member of Chick Corea’s Spanish Heart Band. All Levels Technique:
Mondays & Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 PM, Saturdays, 2:00-3:30 PM, and Sundays, 1:00-2:30 PM.
Building a Dance – Alegrias:
Mondays & Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 PM, Saturdays, 3:30-5:00 PM, Sundays, 2:30-4:00 PM.


Karen Bray sits on a wooden stool and lifts legs straight up with flexed feet while leaning back and looking at the camera.

Join Karen Bray’s 6-week  Site Specific Dance class on ZOOM, Tuesdays, starting March 28 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Only two slots left!


Headshot of Ana Harmon in a green tank top looking over to their right side.

Ana Harmon will continue sharing Gaga classes at Vivid Oblivion. All are welcome to these classes; no experience of any kind is required. Registration will be limited to ~10 people per class. There is 1 volunteer position per class available to help with check-in. Tuesdays, March 28-April 18, 6-7 PM at Vivid Oblivion, 288 Norfolk St. Cambridge, MA.


Photo of folk dancers in full costume in an outdoor performance including a big mask and head piece, big white fluffy tops and red bottoms.

Join the National Folk Organization 2023 Conference to meet, learn, and mingle with others interested in folk arts. This year, the theme is musician/dancer communication. They’ll also have their business meeting, report on new NFO projects, and a little taste of Pourparler. Wednesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 2, in Concord, MA. Email for more information.


The tango twins in black suits hold hands and lean back away from each other.

The Harvard Milonga features the Tango Twins from Buenos Aires. In addition to the milonga, German & Nicolás Filipeli will teach a seminar and perform. Thursday, March 30, 6:30-10:30 PM at the Barker Center, 12 Quincy St Cambridge, MA.


MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium's poster with event information and speaker headshots.

The MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium‘s theme is “Uplifting the Arts: the Intersection of Culture and Economy”. This free event features MCC’s Michael Bobbitt, Chancellor of Dean College, Edward M. Augustus, Jr., MCC  Program Officer Carolyn Cole and Erin Lynch, ED of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Thursday, March 30, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Guidrey Center, Dean College, Franklin, MA.


Ellice Patterson, ADB Director, stands in a blue dress on stage in front of a red yellow and blue painting with one arm rounded up over head and the other rounded in front of her.

Venture inside the studio of Abilities Dance Boston, a local performing company that uses dance as a tool for intersectional disability rights Thursday, March 30, 7 PM at the Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library361 Washington St., Brookline, MA.


Raphëlle Boitel arches back and releases arms out to the sides as a side light illuminates their body and a stack of chairs.

Raphaëlle Boitel returns to Boston with a brand new vision, exploring the human psyche with Shadows Cast. A potent mix of dance, circus and cinema, Shadows Cast is a journey into one’s most intimate thoughts, highlighting the perilous dangers of lying to ourselves and others. Thursday, March 30-Sunday, April 2, 2:00 PM at Arts Emerson.


Harvard Dance Project poster with event information displayed over a mostly white background with four colorful triangles (1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 orange and 1 purple) that have their meeting corners covered by a white square.

Harvard’s Theater, Dance & Media presents a durational evening length facilitated by Sidra Bell and LROD, who have been in residence with the Harvard Dance Project ensemble converging around concepts of space, time, force, and shape. They explore presence as a hyper-state for embodying futures and negotiating the reality of outcome. Friday, March 31, Artist Talk at 7 PM, Performance at 8 PM and Saturday, April 1, Performances at 2 & 8 PM Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge.


Dancer with hair pulled back and navy button-down shirt looks down and to the right side and opens arms to the sides.

Ayan Imai-Hall Quartet presents jazz music and tap dance through American songbook favorites and standards composed and established within the Bebop era.  Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM at the Dance Hall, Kittery, ME.


"Eventual Cabaret" written in sparkly pink and purple over a black background.

Eventual Dance Company presents Eventual Cabaret: an evening of live music, live dance, live circus, live powerpoint presentation(s), maybe even live wrestling! Cafe food, beer, and wine available to purchase. Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM at the Center for the Arts at the Armory Cafe. Tickets are donation-based, and very limited. Be sure to reserve yours!


Photo of a high shelf at some place that serves food with a retro TV with the words "EAT ME" written in red tape over the lit screen by a skeleton of a four legged animal.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee presents Senior Dance Production: EAT ME by Pete Pierantozzi. P.ART WORLD (Pete Pierantozzi, B.F.A. ’23) choreographs and directs an original evening-length dance production. Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 8 PM at 31 Hemenway Street, Floor 4 – Studio 401, Boston.


Boston Open DanceSport Championship banner with cropped abstract photos from previous events.

The Boston Open DanceSport – Ballroom Dance Championship is a full day event of competitions, shows and workshops, outlining the grace and skills of the ballroom dance contestants. The competitive rounds are mixed with intervals of social ballroom dancing and fun games with the audience. Saturday, April 1, 10:30 AM-9:00 PM, at the Event Hall at St. John of Damascus 300 West Street, Dedham, MA.


VDA's The Science of Dance poster with event information in purple over a white background and a profile illustration of a human's head with an x-ray like view of the brain.

Join Vermont Dance Alliance in The Science of Dance conference. Both in person and virtually, take classes, workshops, enjoy a film screening and a lot more. April 1, 10 AM-9 PM at the Straus Dance studio of Dartmouth, Hanover, NH. April 2, 10 AM-8 PM at the Contemporary Dance Studio, Montpelier, VT.


Collage of 6 images of featured artists and "'Taste of Balkan' Dance Party April 1, 2023" written in yellow over a brown background.

Join the Taste of Balkan Dance Party, a great dance party with the All-Girl Band, Balkan Fields, Balkan Brass with Michael Ginsburg & friends, Kukeri, gaidi, and special guests Joe Graziosi and Steve Kotansky. The dance will also be streamed via zoom. Saturday, April 1, 8-11 PM at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street Concord, MA.


NOWADAYS poster with photo of a dancer in a long white dress with long sleeves arching their back and seeming to fall forwards as they reach one arm up, one arm side ways and both legs back (one higher than the other).

Deborah Mason’s CYDP Dance Company returns to Boston University Dance Theater for “NOWADAYS” – a choreographic nod to the past, with dynamic reflection of the present and movement of hope for the future! Choreography by resident and guest faculty: Deborah Mason, Adrienne Hawkins, Christopher Huggins, Jenny Oliver, Jeryl Palana, Demi Remick, Ruka White, and Leslie Woodies. Saurday, April 1, 7 PM, and April 2, 2 PM at 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.


Synergy poster with photos of three dancers, one in a leg extension backwards, leaning forwards; the other in a deep lounge leaning to their right side; and the third in a jump with one leg  bent and the other straight.

BoSoma Dance Company and NSquared Dance present “SYNERGY,” an evening of contemporary dance. This double bill performance is directed by Katherine Hooper, Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company, Nick Neagle, Founder and Creative Director and Zackery Betty, Artistic Director of NSquared Dance. Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 2, 2:00 PM at the Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St, Beverly, MA.


Tyaka poster with photo of dancer in all blue and long colorful necklaces, with hands on hips smiling and facing the front left corner.

Jean Appolon Expressions presents Tyaka – “a potluck party that takes the audience on a journey of dance, connection, music, and community.”  Tyaka will showcase different choreographers and rhythms to explore the creativeness of using all the resources on hand to mix and create something tasty and delicious. Saturday, April 1, 8 PM and Sunday, April 2, 7 PM at the Dance Complex.


Harvard Crimson Dance Team photo at a basketball court gathered together smiling and holding their pom poms.

The Harvard Crimson Dance Team is hosting a Virtual Dance Team Prep Clinic Sunday, April 2, 11 AM-1 PM. This clinic provides high school dancers with the opportunity to learn about collegiate dance team technique, the Crimson Dance Team – Harvard’s premier competitive team and life at Harvard. During the first 90 minutes, you will warm-up, review dance team technique and skills (pom motions and turns), and learn a combination. The last 30 minutes will be a Q&A session with current team members.  Send questions to


A workshop on dancers’ feet will explore possible movements and articulations of the feet, refine our sensory-motor perception of the feet, and apply new possibilities of the feet to walking or dancing. Sunday April 2, noon-3 PM at Magenta Dance Place in Acton.


Celtic Angels poster with photo of the group in green dresses standing with their instruments.

The celebrated Irish music and dance ensemble, Celtic Angels Ireland, is performing at the Spire Center in Plymouth.  Joining the Celtic Angels are the Celtic Knight Dancers and the Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin. Sunday, April 2 at 3 and 7 PM.


Photo of 4 dancers lined up looking forwards with their arms lifted forward.

Take an inside look into Rachel Linksy‘s creative process for ZACHOR, an ongoing series that seeks to preserve the words of WWII Holocaust survivors through dance. In this free repertory workshop, you will be brought into the research, movement development, and phrase work for ZACHOR’s newest piece inspired by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a Jewish-Polish composer who created brilliant classical compositions with clear Jewish (Yiddish) themes. Geared towards intermediate/advanced dancers. Sunday, April 2, 3-5 PM, 546 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.



Photo of large teen ensemble in a wooden floor space with arms up and one leg extended to the side.

Draft versions of the proposed Massachusetts Dance and Theatre Foundational Skills Progressions for primary and secondary education have been released for a three-week public comment period. Dance and theatre specialiststeaching artistsdistrict arts coordinators, and higher education dance and theatre faculty are invited to review one or both of these draft documents. They can be found here. This folder also includes a copy of the already-adopted Music and Visual Arts Skills Progressions as a comparison. Once you have reviewed the Dance document, please fill out a survey to give feedback and suggestions.


Modern Connections logo with an all black illustration of a dancer hinging forward and reaching arms up as hips lean back while legs are crossed.

Register for Jenny Oliver’s Modern Connections Workshop and performance. The workshop will happen on April 23 from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM at the Cultural Equity Incubator and MASARY Studios on 15 Channel Center Street, Boston. Registration will be capped at 10 people and will close on April 22. For more information reach out to


Call for dancers poster with call information displayed in black font over a white image with red squiggly lines resembling blood vessels.

Liz Westbrook is casting 1-2 additional dancers for a new contemporary dance, “LUCI”, an examination of queer liberation through the digital world. Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings in Boston. Performances are on June 6 and 7. Email for more information.


Photo of company performing: many dancers lunge together while one extends one leg up and leans back.

Seeking to pursue dance in higher education? Salem State University has many opportunities for dancers. Aside from their formal dance program, they offer dance opportunities for all students through Repertory Dance Theater and the Salem Dance Ensemble. A number of merit-based scholarships are available to students enrolled in the dance program. Apply to the program today!


Gathering of diverse artists on a rainy rooftop.

The Massachusetts Statewide Capacity-Building Grant helps artists strengthen their creative practice, pursue values-driven careers, build mutually-supportive networks and find resources to achieve long term sustainability and self-determination. Applicants must live or work in Massachusetts and currently self-identify as one of the following: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color), an active caretaker of a child or adult, an immigrant, veteran, LGBTQIA+, formerly incarcerated, or living with a disability or housing insecurity. Application deadline is April 17.


Want to teach dance in Acton? Magenta Dance Place is open to all dance styles but is  particularly interested in hiring teachers with expertise in hip hop and breakdance for students of all ages and skill levels. Please submit your resume to


DTCB poster with information written in gold and white over a black background with golden stars at the top.

Are your students (age 15 and older by December 2023) looking for something to do this summer?  The teacher training school is back in MA! Join DTCB for their  80th annual teacher training course celebration. Fill out the registration form. Spots are limited.


7 people lay on the grass forming a circle in which their heads are in the center.

Join instructors, musicians, DJs and dancers from across the country in the dance immersion Beantown Camp. It is amazing what a week can do for your dancing and your spirit! Camp will run from Thursday, June 29 to Thursday, July 6. For those who would like to attend but are not able to do the complete experience, there are multiple options to choose from. Singles, couples and groups are all very welcome.


Misty Copeland inspires her most adorable partner


Registration is open for Boston Dance Alliance’s 2023 Gala honoring Ann Brown Allen, Deborah Mason, Dianne Walker and Steve Adelson (of Teddy Shoes). We will gather at Arts at the Armory in Somerville Thursday June 15 and online!

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. And consider adding a sponsor a dancer ticket to you order so that we can make sure this event is open to all who want to celebrate with us.

Have a service or special offering we can add to our online auction? Contact Carmen at to discuss!

Thanks for being a part of our vital community

Debra Cash, Executive Director