Pro/Motion – week of January 15

Hello BDA Community,

Late last year, I shared on social media some personal reflections on the value of dance and dancers to society – why you’re worth celebrating and supporting, as Boston Dance Alliance works to do daily.

While I imagine you feel appreciation from the students you teach and the audiences you entertain, as a dancer you have an even broader & transformative impact on our community through your artistry.

Beyond fostering creativity, empathy, and beauty, you also strengthen our communities socially, educationally, and economically as author & arts advocate Randy Cohen outlines in this blog post.

“…5, 6, 7, 8” may be our favorite numbers, but the numbers in this one-pager reflect just how big of a difference we make together with other artists. Let’s keep helping to build a better world through dance!

In partnership,

Aaron Myers, Interim Executive Director


BDA Member Events This Week

Moving in community poster with event information over collage of photos of the Foundry.

CJ Donohue leads an immersive experience where movers of all levels come together, exchanging ideas, words, and movement, culminating in an improvisational/movement score. Moving in Community sessions commence with a yoga-inspired warm-up, followed by a writing and movement meditation. Each class centers on a distinct theme, incorporating stage elements like lighting, sound, senses, props, and site-specific settings. The session concludes with an integrative meditation and sound bath, promoting restoration and embodiment. All movers welcome. Wednesday’s, January 17–March, 6-8 PM (no class February 21) at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge. Registration: $0-$15


"Migrations" poster with event information on the upper left corner and photos of previous iterations of "Migrations" on the bottom and upper right.

FREE! – Wendy Jehlen‘s Migrations open workshops come to Somerville Friday, January 19, 6-9 PM, Saturday, January 20, 12-3 PM, and Sunday, January 21, 10 AM-1 PM at The Hive (in the Taza chocolate factory building), 561 Windsor St, 4th floor. RSVP by emailing Following the workshops you’ll be invited to the public space performance on Sunday, January 21, 2 PM at Assembly Row next to J.P. Licks.


"Edge of Aquarius" poster with event dates and times over photo of dancer in colorful costume and multiple balloons dropping in the background.

Edge of Aquarius, imagined by Alexandria Nunweiler, is both a “self-defining and self-defying work” as it tracks Nunweiler’s January 17th birthday, dangling on the edge of the Aquarius sign. This evening-length contemporary dance theater work features a multigenerational, multicultural cast that depicts a nonlinear coming of age story through the guise of a birthday party. Please be advised this show features loud noises such as balloon pops and party poppers, loud music at times, and limited strobe effect. The January 19 performance will be a sensory-friendly version of the showAdvanced reservations are strongly recommended. Friday & Saturday, January 19-20, 7 PM, Sunday, January 21, 2 PM, at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge. Tickets: $0-$50.


OnStage Season 25 Performance poster with photo of dancer performing on stage wearing rhinestoned cap and looking over right shoulder.

OnStage Dance Company returns to the stage with its Season 25 Performance on Saturday, January 20, at 2 and 7 PM at the Boston University Dance Theater. The show features brand new work in jazz, tap, contemporary, pop, and modern by choreographers: ​Emily Chang, Mykayla Cohen, Melissa deFriesse, Teresa Dominick, Emily Hong, Kellie Johnson, Jennifer Kuhnberg, Chelsea Lepkowksi, Loghan Nace, Hannah Perry, Victoria Rousseau, Allie Somers, Lizzy Thaman and Erica Thorp. The dynamic showcase premieres mostly live works, along with two new short dance films. It is performed by over 45 dancers from the Greater Boston area. Tickets: $20-$50.


Photo of Cara Wildman playing bodhrán.

Cousins in Rhythm: Bodhrán and Step Dance is a two-part workshop lead by Cara Wildman and Rebecca McGowan bridging the connection between bodhrán players and dancers. Tuesday, January 23, 7:30-8:45 PM at First Church Cambridge. Registration is pay what you can; suggested amount is $25.


Other events in the community this week:
FREE! – Cultivating Creativity: The Ramaswamys on Artistic and Cultural Leadership features Bharatanatyam practitioners/choreographers, mother-daughter Ashwini Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy. In addition to sharing their insights on running a highly successful dance company, Ashwini will offer her views on “Let The Crows Come”, which explores memory, homeland, and ancestry through Bharatanatyam, Afro-Caribbean/Modern and Gaga dance techniques. Enjoy interesting food (appetizers/desserts) and conversation! Wednesday, January 17, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Muliticultural Arts Center, Cambridge.

Women’s Jam at Earthdance hosts those who identify or have identified with womanhood or being female bodied, regardless of gender expression and will explore how commonalities connect. Thursday, January 18, 5-10 PM (5:00-6:30 PM Class, 7-8 PM Potluck, 8-10 PM Jam) at 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA.

FREE! – Why Don’t We… JUST DANCE? can now be enjoyed on the virtual stage. The Upstage Lung Cancer fall concert will be streamed Friday, January 19, 7:00 PM-Sunday, January 21, 11:30 PM EST. A donation of $20 that helps Upstage Lung Cancer fund early detection research.

Evoking potent symbolism of the crow as a messenger between life and death, transcending space and time, Ashwini Ramaswamy explores memory, dislocation, ancestry, and more in the Boston premiere of Let the Crows ComeFriday, January 19, 8 PM and Saturday, January 20, 2 PM, NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black BoxTickets: $67

Beyond Beginner West Coast Swing Workshop with Bradley Mather will precede this month’s regular QueerCountry Social Dance. Saturday, January 20, 4:30-6:00 PM at 6 Eliot St., JP. Registration is donation based.

The Salsa con Tacos Spicy Saturdays Latin Dance was rescheduled for Saturday, January 20, 9:30 PM-12:00 AM at Mexcalito Taco Bar in Amherst, MA. $10 cover.

Weekly Gaga classes with Ana Harmon at Vivid Oblivion in Cambridge resume Tuesday, January 23, 6-7 PMPlease register in advance. Ana seeks 1 volunteer per class to help with check-in. If you are interested, email Registration: $20.

Pink filtered photo of pianist performing outdoors.
MASSCreative seeks artists, cultural organizations, and creative businesses across disciplines to join us as featured exhibitors and performers during the 2024 Creative Sector Day at the State House on Wednesday, January 24, 1-3 PM. Creative Sector Day at the State House is an opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the artists, creatives, cultural leaders, and organizations that strengthen Massachusetts. Suggested performance length is 5 minutes and honorarium is $450. Exhibitors will receive same honorarium. Apply today, Wednesday, January 17, by 5 PM.
Choreographer call poster with audition information and photos of dancers in black and pink attire.
DanceWorks Boston seeks choreographers to debut their choreography in the collective’s 25th season project on June 13, 14, 15, 2024. Select a song(s), vision for your piece, and choreograph at least 6-10 eight counts to be performed at your audition. All interested choreographers visit the website to download a Choreographer Information Packet, Audition Form, and schedule your 10-minute audition slot Friday, January 19, 6:30-10:00 PM or Saturday, January 20, 1:30-8:00 PM.
Summer at NSB poster with collage of ballet dancers in class

Northeast School of Ballet’s 2024 Summer programs’ registration is open now.

The Summer Intensive Program auditions are scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM (ages: 10-12) & 1:30-3:30 PM (ages 13-20) at 32 Lowell Street, Reading, MA. Advance registration is required Video audition option available.

Photo of artist painting over white wall.

The ACTivate Residency is open to all Boston-based visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists with priority given to Boston BIPOC, immigrant, and new American artists and their collaborators. Artists participating in this program receive support for research, development, rehearsal, marketing, and mentorship. Bring the historic Cyclorama to life in this week-long, site-responsive artist residency! Twoartists will have the opportunity to create work that is performative and/or visual in nature. The residency also invitestwo filmmakersto document the process in collaboration with the artist(s) to further tell the story behind the work. Selected artists will create in the Cyclorama during one of the following weeks. Filmmakers will need to available during their artist’s residency:

  • July 15–21, 2024 
  • January 13–19, 2025

Apply by March 1 as an artist or filmmaker.