Pro/Motion – week of April 8


Dear BDA Community,

I hope you were able to enjoy the solar eclipse safely. In special moments like this that only happen once every few decades, inevitably I reflect on my trajectory over those years and what has evolved.

Since the last solar eclipse in 2017 BDA has also evolved and adapted to the Boston dance community’s needs. We have event listings on our website, newsletter and google calendar – use this form to add your upcoming event – an extensive list of resources for dance artists, job listingsaudition opportunities and so much more. Is there something you’d like to see BDA offer that we do not already? Let us know! Email with your ideas. We’d love to hear from you!


Carmen S. Rizzo, Operations and Membership Associate


BDA Member Events This Week

Juxtaposed flows poster with two photos of artists and A Trike called Funk's logo in separate circles

Hosted in partnership with The Dance ComplexA Trike Called Funk’s “Juxtaposed Flows” is a mini-series of events designed to bring together members of the local street / club dance scene with those from the internationally rooted heritage dance scene to learn from & exchange with one another in a fun & interactive format. The April edition will feature Joh Camara, specialized in West African dance and Russell “Gutta” Ferguson, specialized in Krump dance. Friday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 PM, at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Registration: $5.


Photo of someone on a bed overlayed with photo of branches.

Selmadanse presents UNDER THE CANOPY, expressions of love, loss, and resilience from members of the Boston dance community. Conceived and directed by Joanie Block, inspired by Sandy Block (July 29,1949 – November 21, 2021) the film will be shown Saturday, April 13, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 14, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM at Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Tickets: $25.


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THIS is an evening of experiential encounters that invite audiences to celebrate, question, and reflect on the real and unimaginable of living life in the contemporary moment. Through vignettes, the live original music of bassist and percussionist Ron Reid, and the dance, prose, song making and soundscapes of Carol Marie Webster, audiences engage with the radical, the serendipitous, and the quirky. This event is also available virtually on Sunday, April 14. Saturday, April 13, 8 PM and Sunday, April 14, 7 PM, at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Tickets: $15-30.


Other events in the community this week:

Award-winning Indian choreographer and dancer Preeti Vasudevan performs excerpts from Stories by Hand, an original solo work that explores the artist’s search for an individual identity through stories that are personal, mythical, and social, before joining Cambridge pastry chef Soheil Fathi in conversation to unpack personal, political, and artistic questions of borders, belonging, and shared memory. Thursday, April 11, 7 PM at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall, 25 Evans Way, Boston. Tickets: $15-$30.

After five long years it’s time for REBIRTH VOL.3! Two days of Parties, Street Art, Performances, Workshops, Community Dialogue, Food, Cash Prizes and so much more. This Afrodiasporic cultural experience is designed to energize and vitalize, bringing people together to exchange under the vast ecosystem of Club, Street and Party social dance. Saturday, April 13, 1-10 PM, Afterparty 10 PM-1 AM & Sunday, April 14, 1-6 PM at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge.

The New England Inspirational Dance Festival presented by Saving Grace Dance Ensemble is an evening of dance including professional, pre-professional and youth performers featuring Classical, Contemporary, Tap and Jazz dance. Saturday, April 13, 6 PM, at The Amato Center for Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon Street, Milford, NH. Tickets: $20-$30.

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Urbanity is looking for new instructors. If you’re interested in teaching for Urbanity’s Hip Hop Intensive this summer or Urbanity’s Youth and Adult programming next school year, audition on Wednesday, April 17. Each auditionee will have a 15-minute time slot to demo a couple of exercises you would use in your classes; you can choose to focus on one style and age range for the whole time slot or show exercises that are geared for different styles and age ranges. Starting rate for new faculty is $45/hour. If you’re interested in auditioning, please email with your resume and to pick your 15 minute time slot.
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Creative Steps Dance Studio is seeking teachers to join their team in the upcoming school year (a summer start also possible). Must love working with children of all ages and level abilities. Versatile styles would be a plus. Studio is in Newton, MA. Pay starting at $30 per hour. Please contact if you are interested.
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Join ANIKAYA for a 10-day journey in dance, discussion & connection. Workshop participants will be immersed in the movement world of the Birds, ANIKAYA’s Conference of the Birds ensemble, along with the histories, dances and ritual practices of Benin. ANIKAYA’s Conference of the Birds ensemble is made up of expert dancers and choreographers from eight countries and five continents. Each ANIKAYA intensive focuses on the practices of four of the Birds, as well as sharing with participants the entangling practices that brought these vastly different artists into one deeply connected flock. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 15. Space is limited.
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Call for submissions to the Rhode Island/Mass. Ecoperformance Film Festival. Ecoperformance films explore relationships to local landscapes, be they urban, rural, or natural, to grapple with contemporary environmental issues. Films which engage with the concept of ecoperformance, whatever that might mean for the artist, should be 3-15 minutes in length. Open to a wide range of genres, including, but certainly not limited to, dance, animation, experimental, etc. from artists from, or connected to, the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. Submissions due Monday, April 15.
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Studio 170 is offering artists of all disciplines, living and/or working in New England, the opportunity to apply for travel funding to Germany in 2024. Whether you are planning an artist residency or a collaborative project in Germany, apply for a travel stipend to help cover the costs. Studio 170 will reimburse up to $1500 in travel costs including flights, room & board, visa, and necessary shipping costs. Artists must be based in New England and have a confirmed invitation to Germany for a residency or for a collaborative project with an artist and/or an organization. Although there is no required length of stay, the expectation is at least 10 days.  Artists of all disciplines, including visual and multi-media art, film, theater, music, writing and dance, are invited to apply. Artists are asked to share material for the Goethe-Institut Boston social media channels during their time in Germany and upon returning, commit to participating in a public event at the Goethe-Institut Boston at which they share their work or alternatively submit a final report. Application deadline is April 30, 2024. Decisions will be communicated by May 15. Expectation is to fund at least two stipends in 2024.
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The Reach Pedagogy IntensiveJuly 8-11, 9 AM- 2 PM, is designed for both experienced and new teachers with scholarships and fellowships available. This intensive is intentionally affordable with the goal of providing a service to those who teach; being able to afford it shouldn’t stand in the way of participating. In fact, new teachers can be paid to participate. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.