Pro/Motion – week of January 29

Hello BDA Community,

I imagine you’ve been easing back into the groove and making lots of moves this January, which also marks Financial Wellness Month – an important time to consider our financial situation and aspirations for the year ahead.

At Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), supporting dancers’ financial wellness is one of our main aims. And in 2023, over 50 fiscally-sponsored dancers & dance companies received nearly $330,000 through our fiscal sponsorship program.

As you check out the upcoming dance opportunities highlighted in this week’s newsletter, we encourage you to also explore BDA’s fiscal sponsorship program. We stand ready to help put you on the pathway to improved financial wellness in 2024.

“On the good foot,”

Aaron Myers, Interim Executive Director


BDA Member Events This Week


Dancers in a large studio space moving in different shapes and levels. Event information listed at the bottom of the image.

Eve Boltax and Ana Harmon will share their next iteration of Gaga + Feldenkrais on Sunday, February 4, 12-3 PM, at The Dance Complex. Everyone is welcome; no prior experience required. Masking is optional. Registration: $40.


Event poster with abstract sketch that looks like dancer feet and ankles.

The next Reflection, Healing, and Movement Series event, Drawing Observations in Movement, by Cassandre Charles with Charles & Moise Productions takes place on Monday, February 5, 6 PM at the Dance Complex. Registration is donation based.


Other events in the community this week:
With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, DRUM TAO offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force. Friday, February 2, 8 PM at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
Tickets: $40-$69

FREE! – Boston Dance Theater‘s 2 week residency with Ryan Lawrence culminates in Work-in-Progress showing hosted at SLOMAC and available on Zoom, Friday, February 2, 8:15-8:45 PM EST.

Giselle, performed by former Bolshoi Ballet principals Olga Smirnova and Jacopo Tissi with the Dutch National Ballet, will be shown at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Saturday, February 3, 10 AM. Tickets: $22-$25.

Photo of two black artists, one young and one older pretending to play a trumpet/saxophone in the air.
Tony Williams Dance Center is looking for youth dancers (ages 8-18) to perform at the Strand Theatre, April 26-28. The performance will include Ben’s Trumpet, a jazzy ballet based on the Caldecott Honor Award book by Rachel Isadora, and a shortened arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Rehearsals will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Dancers may also audition for Boston City Youth Ballet, City Ballet of Boston’s training program, at this audition. Audition on Sunday, February 4, 12:30-1:30 PM (ages 12+), 2:00-3:00 PM (ages 8-11) at the Tony Williams Dance Center, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. Register in advance.
Cohort photo on Jacob's Pillow iconic rock.
Applications for the Curriculum in Motion® Institute are now open. This career development opportunity for emerging, mid-career, and seasoned choreographers keeps participants’ artistry alive and growing with a community building focus. The 10-month, intimately curated experience includes: two weekend modules in the natural, cultural, and historical Jacob’s Pillow environment, a series of monthly online learning labs, peer discussions, mentoring sessions with Program Directors, a comprehensive workbook, and an opportunity to present about individual learning path to the public during the summer festival. Cohort is limited to a maximum of 14 participants. April 1 is the priority deadlineRegular deadline is May 1. Applications after May 1 will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Abstract art with city nuances and human eyes.
Artists across Massachusetts who are interested in exploring and expanding their public artmaking practice are invited to register for the Spring 2024 Making it Public: for MA Artists workshop series. This free five-week virtual workshop series aims to foster a community of practice that is inspiring more vibrant and just public spaces and culture through public artmaking across Massachusetts. Registration for the Artist Track is now open for the training that will take place virtually on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 PM, March 12- April 9, 2024. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 23, 11:59 PM.
Photo of people setting up art in a public space.
Applications for 2024 Expanding Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants open on Monday, February 5. This year Mass Humanities offers a new grant track focused on climate change. EMS now includes three grant options: Climate Change Track, Advancing Equity Track and Open Track.