PRIDE and Proud of Boston Dance!


Join BDA in just ten days as we gather to honor Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champions Ann Brown Allen, Dianne WalkerDeborah Mason and 2023 BDA Unsung Hero Steven Adelson. This “festive but not formal” evening includes a delicious Mediterranean buffet, drinks, performances, and tributes to our honorees as our community comes together to celebrate. Can’t make it to Somerville? Join us by livestream! Tickets here.

And don’t forget to bid on the items in the BDA Online Silent Auction, open until midnight June 15.


"2023 Winner We got it! $30 Million Grant Program" and the Cummings Foundation logo over a blue background.

Huge congratulations to Anna Myer and!  beheard’s Project Teach Mentor and Inspire (TMI) will receive $30,000 a year for the next three years from the The Cummings Foundation to implement its Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy program for teenagers living in Boston’s public housing developments. beheard’s Education Director, Mishella Etienne Campbell will be receiving the first check at a special celebration on June 15.


Purple graphic with gray bubbles in the top right and bottom left corners. Centered white text reads: Virtual Allyship Training June 6 and 7, 2023. White text on a gray horizontal banner reads: Facilitated by Service Never Sleeps. Open to All. White text in bottom right corner reads: Dance/USA 2023 Conference June 13-16 Atlanta.

Join Dance/USA for a two-day virtual Allyship Training facilitated by Service Never Sleeps. Deepen your anti-racist work and empower yourself to start or continue allyship work as a lifestyle. All members of the dance ecosystem are welcome but space is limited so secure your spot today! Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, 1:00-4:30 PM ET.


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Every first Tuesday of the month, enjoy Swing Dance and live music by Gray Gafarov at The Moldova Restaurant in Newton. Get your groove on with a swing dance lesson led by Kellian and Brian Pletcher from 7-8 PM. Then dance the night away from 8-10 PM to the sounds of Gray Gafarov and his live band during our social dance session. Starts Tuesday, June 6.


Christine Morrison smiles at the camera slightly hinging forward while wearing a black long sleeve top.

Learn Cape Breton step dancing from Christine Morrison, guest teaching for Rebecca McGowan. Celtic Dance has been Christine Morrison’s passion and hobby since she was 4 years old. With “Four on The Floor”, Christine has appeared with Grammy nominated musician Natalie MacMaster and at Irish and Celtic Festivals throughout the country, Canada, and Scotland. Tuesday, June 6, 7:30-8:30 PM at First Church Cambridge.


Photo from the wings into a stage silhouetting two dancers with hands on their hips.

Launch Pad: A Choreographers’ Showcase is a springboard program for choreographers who are at a crossroads of some kind in their careers.  Learn from the Yard’s Launch Pad Artists-in-Residence at this dance and movement based workshop held in their beautiful open air studio. It is open to adults of all skill levels. Wednesday, June 7, and Friday, June 9, 10:30-11:30 AM.  Also join for a moderated discussion with artists-in-residence David Guzman, Marguerite Hemmings, and Sophiann Mahalia as they discuss their creative process, approach to collaboration, and what inspires them to make and move. Wednesday, June 7, 5:30-7:00 PM, at the Yard, Chilmark, MA.


Photo of Fernadina Chan in black and white.

Join Fernadina Chan for her HELLO MY NAME IS… Boston Center for the Arts virtual artist talk, ahead of the showing of her new Not Eye, Us Boston Dancemakers Residency work. Hear from Chan with Adriane Brayton; sculptor Michael Alfano, and dramaturg Jennine Willett of Third Rail Project. Thursday, June 8, at noon.


Boston Air banner with all 6 artists headshots and their names.

Celebrate with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, their six Artists-in-Residence, and City partners and learn about the projects they’ve been working on over the past year and a half as part of the Boston AIR programThursday, June 8, 6-8 PM, City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.


Come Dance With Me poster, with event information centered and framed on either side by single line illustrations of dancers in elegant poses.

Head to Boston University Dance Theater for “Come Dance with Me” an international showcase that includes Indian classical dancer Sumati Ram-Mohan, ballroom dancers Jesse Kirkpatrick & Anna Soong, salsa dancer Lexy Lattimore and Bollywood dancers the Nivetha Dance Crew! In addition, Jen Moran will share her lung cancer journey and a lung cancer researcher will share progress about early detection. All proceeds go to lung cancer researchThursday, June 8, 7-9 PM.


Dancers in baroque costumes twirl around a space with musicians performing.

Enjoy historical dance workshops as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Session one with Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière explores gavotte and hemiola rhythms to create comic effects. Session two with Pierre-François Dollé will be on Baroque dance: from walking steps to complex dances and from codified movements to expressive interpretation. Participants of all levels are welcome. Please bring a low-heeled, soft shoe and wear comfortable clothing. Thursday, June 8, 9:30 AM (Session one) & 11:30 AM (Session Two) at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 15 Newbury Street, Boston.


Corteo poster with a performer hanging from a chandelier and another opening arms towards the back.

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. Friends and members of Boston Dance Alliance enjoy  20% off! Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11 at the Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA.


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Eventual Dance Company presents a live theater extravaganza featuring a disco-mirrored hula hoop, live music, and an ensemble of eight fabulous dancers. Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM, and Saturday, June 10, 2 PM & 6 PM at The Foundry, 101 Rogers Street, Cambridge.


Awakening poster with event information on the right and photo of dancer jumping with one leg crossed over the other extended leg and arms forming an "L" shape.

Mosaic Dance Inc. presents: Awakening featuring work by the company dancers of Mosaic Dance and guest artists of Cambridge Dance Company, OnStage Dance Company, and Art UnEarths. Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.


Four dancers in different colored pants crouched down with hands over one eye was if looking through a telescope.

Boston Dance Theater’s Carol Kaye Project travels to Portland Maine to the SPACE. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 8 PM,  538 Congress St, Portland, ME.


Ballet dancer in a park in pointe shoes and summer dress, stands on one leg while extending the other forward and hinging slightly forward with arms back.

City Ballet of Boston (CBB) presents “Summer Waltz,” a celebration featuring City Ballet of Boston’s professional dancers, guest dancers from Ballet RI, and up-and-coming talents from the Boston City Youth Ballet. The Saturday performances at 3pm and 8pm see the dancers joined by members of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players performing live. Friday, June 9, at 8 PM, Saturday, June 10, at 3 PM & 8 PM and Sunday, June 11 at 3 PM, at the Calderwood Pavilion, 539 Tremont St, Boston.


Olivia Moon mid pole performance with legs extended and one hand to head.

Enjoy a city-wide Pride celebration filled with dance  Saturday, June 10! The parade kickoff is at 11 AM at Copley Square and will lead to the festival happening 12-6 PM at the Boston Common and at the City Hall Plaza. The City Hall Plaza will be a 21+ space.


Two dancers immersed in a body of water reaching arms up.

Liquid Spine’s Global Water Dances Performance in the East India Square Fountain located outside of the Peabody Essex Museum. in Salem, MA, highlights the needs to protect our coastlines from erosion, flooding, and rising sea levels. This is a free performance in a public, outdoor space. Saturday, June 10, 2:00-2:45 PM. *Raindate: June 11th.


Belonging & othering poster with performance photo of company dancing in a variety of different shapes and relationships.

As part of The Bloom Residency at The Dance Complex has created Belonging and Othering, a window into the aspects of tribalism and bias that keep us divided. The multi-media performance features eight local storytellers who have experienced being “othered”. Each company member created a solo in response to their stories  Saturday, June 10, 8 PM and Sunday, June 11, 7 PM at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.


tiara made of icicles

New Bedford Ballet presents The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen’s story of love between friends overcoming evil, presented at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford Saturday June 10 at 8 PM.


Dragon Boat festival logo with red dragon boat illustration.

Join the Boston Dragon Boat Festival for incredible performances and  boat racing all day long starting at 8 AM. Dance performances include Chinese Waist-Drum Dance, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Indian Dance, and so much more! Sunday, June 11, 12-5 PM (Cultural program), in Cambridge, along the Charles River, between JFK and Western Ave. bridges. Take the T, parking is very limited.


Summer/SCAPE poster with two dancers in performance and matching costumes reaching one arm up while the other touches the floor as well as one knee and an extended leg.

Summer/SCAPE showcases the return of North Atlantic Ballet’s 1:2 Choreography Lab. The program offers world premieres by Ilya Vidrin and Lucy Warren-Whitman & the revival of NAB’s Dogtown PhantomsSunday, June 11, 3 & 6 PM at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport, MA.



Danza Orgánica auditions poster with photo of dancer twisting upper body in a deep lunge.

Danza Orgánica is holding auditions. Come prepared with a one-minute solo of your own movement. You will be improvising with given prompts and learning parts of their repertory. In addition, please bring: a letter of recommendation, a CV and a headshot or action shot. Callbacks will be within a few days after the audition. Wednesday, June 7, 6-9 PM at the Cultural Equity Incubator, 15 Channel Center St, Boston.


Open Call Audition poster with photo of three dancers in a blue lit space with masks on.

Modern Connections and Rukadance are co-hosting auditions for advanced level dancers to work on projects and performances in the coming year. The audition will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2:30 PM (check-in at 2 PM), in Studio 1 of The Dance Complex at 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. If inquiries arise after registration, you can contact Jenny Oliver at or Ruka White at


Collage of dance performers in creepy costumes.

NIGHTMARE DIARIES seeks 4 dancers! The film has an audition scene, as well as a nightmare dance sequence. They’re looking for dancers who want to collaborate and choreograph together. If interested, or you have questions, please reach out to


Dance Etc banner with red background and silver stars across the top.

Dance Etc in Billerica is looking for a hip hop teacher for the 2023-2024 dance season (Thursdays preferred). Students are ages 14-16 and pay is based on experience.


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North Atlantic Ballet is running three summer sessions at their Dorchester location. This is a great way for students to train closely with the professional company. Summer Session 1 runs May 31-June 25 ( Pre-Professional only); Summer Session 2 runs July 10-July 24, 4-8 PM, Mon-Fri (ages 8+); Summer session 3 runs August 7-27, 4-8 PM, Mon-Fri (ages 8+).


Kuchipudi and ballet/contemporary dancer Yamini Kalluri and violinist Vijay Gupta bring their talents together to redefine a Bach partita in Worcester.


At BDA we are proud of the dancers who make up the local LGBTQ+ community and wish everyone a joyful and safe month of celebration and affirmation.

Happy PRIDE!

And don’t forget to order your BDA gala tickets and bid on items in the Online Silent Auction! 

Best wishes,

Debra Cash, Executive Director