Pro/Motion – week of July 1

When we navigate transitions, we discover unexpected rewards. After the departure of BDA’s long-term Executive Director last year, a BDA Board committee searched for an interim replacement – someone to navigate new territory and point BDA in a new direction. Scores of resumes and Zoom meetings later, we hired Aaron Myers for the six-month period. During the time we worked with Aaron, his impressive skills as a nonprofit leader, his status as a local dance entrepreneur, his role as a connector with dance communities new to BDA – and the fact that he’s an extremely nice person – impressed the board. This spring we voted unanimously to appoint Aaron as BDA’s permanent Executive Director, recognizing his exceptional qualifications and dedication to our organization and our community. Please join me to welcome Aaron!

John Michael Kennedy, Board Chair


Aaron Myers headshot.

The Board of Boston Dance Alliance (BDA) has named local dance entrepreneur and seasoned nonprofit leader Aaron Myers as its new Executive Director. Myers’ selection follows a successful seven-month tenure as Interim Executive Director during which, Board Chair John Michael Kennedy says, Myers demonstrated exceptional leadership and insightful understanding of the organization’s mission to support and promote Boston’s diverse dance community. Myers succeeds Debra Cash who served eight years in the position; he assumes the permanent role July 1.

“Aaron brings to BDA a wealth of experience and a track record of fostering social impact through arts, culture and dance,” Kennedy says. “His unique background combines creative entrepreneurship, cultural diplomacy and community engagement, making him an ideal leader to drive forward the mission of our dance-centered service organization.”

Learn more about Aaron Myers.


BDA Member Events This Week

Photo of flamenco performance at Windhover outdoor stage

Windhover Center for Performing Arts hosts United Flamenco Society for performances and offers a masterclass. Flamenco Dance lessons under the tent takes place on Sunday, July 7 at 1:30 PM before the Flamenco performance which starts at 3:00 PM. This class/workshop is FREE! Performances take place Saturday, July 6, 7:00 PM and Sunday, July 7, 3:00 PM, at 257R Granite Street, Rockport. Tickets: $25.


Photo of previous pedagogy intensive.

Join Boston University’s Reach Pedagogy Intensive. Both experienced and new teachers who are eager to learn from their roster of dance educators, and to share and make connections with other teachers who teach in a variety of environments will benefit form this program. Scholarships and paid fellowships available. Contact the BU dance office at 617-353-1597 or budance@bu.eduMonday, July 8-Friday, July 11, 9 AM-2 PM (additional master class 2:00-3:30 PM) at Boston University.


Other events in the community this week:
Dance Education Laboratory at Jacob’s Pillow brings the Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom. Facilitators Ann Biddle (Director, DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli will lead an interactive and embodied workshop linked to The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom and explore the nationally acclaimed Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) pedagogy model to investigate a choreographer’s work through multiple entry points. Saturday, July 6, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, at the Sommers Studio, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. Registration: $49. Catch the Royal Ballet performing right after at 8 PM.

Ground Grooves comes to Boston! Designed for dancers with previous floorwork experience, this medium-paced learning environment emphasizes movement quality and execution through longer sequences of movement. Saturday, July 6, 10 AM-4 PM & Sunday, July 7, 10 AM-2 PM, at the SomArt Space @ the Hive 561 Windsor St, Somerville. Registration: $200.

Tony Williams with a child in ballet clothes.]Tony Williams Dance Center offers Summer Fun Dance 2024 for all ages and interests. Starting Tuesday, July 9, take a variety of classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August 29. Drop ins available. Reach out to with any questions.
dancer jumps with one leg up and bent, the other straight down, arms rounded back.
Join Pantos Project Dance for their 2024 Summer IntensiveJuly 8-11 & July 15-18 for ages 15+. Drop-ins available.