Pro/Motion – week of December 4

This holiday season, give the gift of dance by supporting Boston Dance Alliance, donating to your favorite fiscally sponsored dance organization or gifting a BDA membership to a dear dance friend.


Carmen S. Rizzo, Membership and Operations Associate


BDA Member Events This Week
As December rolls in, holiday dance makes the season bright! We’re excited to see all the incredible festive dance in the community throughout the month. Remember to fill out our online form to get your events published on our website, newsletter and community calendar.


Event poster with event information at the top of a photo of dancers holding hands.

This fall, in collaboration with Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer BandRachel Linsky has choreographed two new dance pieces that fuse Yiddish and contemporary dance. These works will premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights” on Thursday, December 7, 5:30, 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Concluding each set dancers will lead the audience in Yiddish folk dances to live Klezmer and Hanukkah music. $5 tickets at the door starting at 5:00 PM.


Erica Cornejo headshot.

Erica Cornejo, Boston Ballet Principal and Co-Founder of Integrarte, leads a masterclass at Northeast ArtsSaturday, December 9, 10:00-11:45 AM. Registration is $22.


Photo of snow scene in the Nutcracker performance

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Artistic Director José Mateo, and inspired by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, JMBT’s 36th annual production of The Nutcracker brings Clara’s dream world to life with festive sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular dancing. December 9-24, at the Strand Theatre, Dorchester. Tickets: $25-$90.


Other events in the community this week:

United Dance Company brings back The Extraordinary Nutcracker. The production boasts a cast of accomplished dancers who put a unique spin on this beloved family classic. December 8, 9 & 10 at the Multicultural Arts Center.

Northeast Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the enchanting journey of a young girl named Clara in 1835’s Germany who embarks on a journey through a winter wonderland to a palace of sugary sweets. December 8, 9 & 10 at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover.

Obscurum Per Obscurius conceived and created by theater and lighting master Greg Kowalski with movement created by Paul Kafka-Gibbons returns Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 8 PM at The Wire Factory, Lowell.

Entering ShaoLynn returns this Saturday, December 9, 4-9 PM at the Arts at the Armory, Somerville.

FREE! – The College of the Holy Cross’s Gamelan Gita Sari features Professor I Nyoman Catra’s students and special guests, showcasing the traditional arts of Balinese music and dance. Saturday, December 9, 7:30 PM at the Luth Concert Hall.


Tess Saoirse Dance Company logo with green background and silhouette illustration of dancer in a back bend.

Audition for Tess Saoirse Dance Company – an adult performance company for dancers of all careers, years of experience, and life stages. Based in MA, TSDC rehearses 8-10 PM on Wednesday nights at MassMotion Boston in Brighton. The 2024 season will begin on January 3 and will continue through the end of August. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 8-10 PM at MassMotion Boston in Studio 3.


NACHMO Boston 2024 poster

NACHMO Boston is back! This is an opportunity to create dance with a performance track, a film track or a non-performance track. Take the Challenge: create or update your CreativeGround profile and sign up for a conversational application.


2023 was a big year for the BDA and our mission to expand dance opportunities. We provided 49 fiscal sponsorships to dancers and dance-makers—helping to raise nearly $300,000—and that number is growing each year! Our sponsorship program allows artists to apply for grants using our 501(c)(3) status and can cover one-time creative projects or a company’s long-range activities. Help support BDA’s mission to extend this opportunity to more artists!


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