Pro/Motion – week of July 8

Dear BDA Community,

Coming into July, we’re still riding high from Boston Dance Alliance’s 30th anniversary celebration late last month at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport.  Three highlights from this major milestone event included:

  • Honoring Debra Cash, the 2024 recipient of BDA’s Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award,

  • Raising over $12,500 for BDA’s mission,

  • Announcing BDA’s new partnership with the Omni that will showcase the talents of local artists while enhancing hotel guests’ experience through a series of dance performances in the lobby.

A special thanks to Jenny Oliver and Hannah Ranco for opening the event with amazing dance solos, to our generous sponsors at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport that provided a beautiful space plus delectable food & drinks, and to everyone who joined us in person for this special occasion.

We’re proud to serve Greater Boston’s diverse dance community with an array of programs & services including but not limited to BDA’s weekly ProMotion newsletter.

If you’re feeling as excited as we are about the future of dance, please consider a donation to Boston Dance Alliance to help us support even more dancers’ success during our monumental 30th year.

Thank you,

Aaron Myers, Executive Director


MIDDAY movement series logo and blurry images of people dancing

Congratulations to MIDDAY for being named a 2024 Model Equity Organization by the Boston Cultural Council! This honor was awarded to only four organizations. MIDDAY was selected in recognition of their dedication to equity as a key aspect of their organizational governance. The Boston dance community is fortunate to have organizations like MIDDAY to serve as examples and to continue to support the community’s growth.


BDA Member Events This Week

People seated in chairs stretching one leg forward.

Lynn Simonson will be teaching Better Brain & Balance, a Senior class for balance and the development of new neurons in the memory and learning areas of the brain. The class is for ages 50 and up. Monday, July 15, and Thursday, July 18, 11 AM– 12 PM  at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts; . Registration: $15 per class or $25 for both.


Other events in the community this week:

Jacob’s Pillow explores the intersection of dance and technology this summer with immersive experiences for the whole family. The world premiere of The Art of Black Grace 3/5 combines dance, music, art, and video recordings that bring small groups of visitors face-to-face with the dancers of Black Grace, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance companies. Wednesday, July 10- Saturday, July 13. Tickets $15. This week you can also catch MoBBallet: Creating Pathways to Performance Wednesday, July 10-Thursday, July 11 (tickets from $40) at the Henry J. Leir Stage, followed by Merce Cunningham, Liz Gerring, Kyle Abraham: Three Duets on Friday, July 12 (tickets from $25). The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève takes on the Ted Shawn Theatre Wednesday, July 10-Sunday, July14. Tickets from $65. Catch The Masterz at Work Dance Family takes on the stage on Saturday, July 13, and you can watche them in person or at home, with an encore streaming July 17-18. Tickets from $25.

Learn the essential embrace, connection, and key tango steps in 10 engaging classes with Ultimate Tango. No prior dance experience is required! Thursdays, starting July 11, 7:30–9:00 PM at 349 Washington St, Malden. Registration: 10-session course is $260; drop-in class is $40.

The first annual UMass Boston Community Hip Hop Summit will feature performances by The Floorlords crew, a dance battle and panel discussions. Friday, July 12, 12-6 PM at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Campus Center 3rd floor.

Arts at the Armory hosts an evening of performance by the pre-professional students and professional residents of Esh Circus ArtsFriday, July 12, 6:45 PM, at 191 Highland Avenue, #1C, Somerville. tickets: $11.20-$26.50.

Cirio Collective celebrates its 10th Anniversary with 2 works from their current repertoire, featuring new and returning dancers, as well as a new world premiere. Friday, July 12, 8 PM, and Saturday, July 13, 2 PM at The Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. Tickets: $44.50.

Join the Rough Drafts artists for their final showcases. This process-focused program aims to address underdeveloped work by supporting early- and mid-career artists to deepen their relationship to their choreography through teaching, in-studio showings, and a culminating black box showcase on Saturday, July 13, 2 & 8 PM at Arrow St. Arts, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. Tickets $15-$20.

Don’t miss the annual Pride Party at Jacob’s Pillow. Their annual LGBTQIA+ celebration returns with a dance party and performances. Saturday, July 13, 10 PM. Tickets: $35.


Photos of summer class offerings at BU.

This summer Boston University is offering a variety of Aerial Dance classes, Pilates Apparatus, Pole Dance Circuit, and Ballet, Classes are open to all! The second summer session runs July 8- August 9.


Nutcracker auditions poster.

Join Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 36th annual production of The Nutcracker this holiday season! JMBT welcomes dancers of all backgrounds to audition for its professional company and character roles for the upcoming Nutcracker season. Professional dancers, adult ballet students, and college students are all encouraged to audition. Live audition happens Saturday, July 13,1 PM at JMBT Cambridge Studios, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge.


MIDDAY BIPOC Mentorship Program Poster

Applications for the third cycle of the MIDDAY BIPOC Professional Dancer Mentorship Program are due on Friday, July 12. Early-career (4 years experience) professional contemporary dancers of color ages 18+ are invited to apply for the third cohort.


Two dancers in different poses: one filtered in blue is in an arabesque, the other, filtered in orange is in a passé off balance

YoungArts application for 2025 will be open from July 11 until October 17, 2024. Their signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States.