Pro/motion – week of June 10


Hello BDA Community,

We’ve got TWO exciting things to share this WEDNESDAY!

FIRST, we’re getting ready to celebrate BDA’s 30th anniversary on the evening of Thursday June 27th at the OMNI Boston Hotel at the Seaport.  This special occasion will feature an opening series of dance solos, food & drinks, plus a chance to win a one-night stay at the OMNI.  We’ll be announcing an exciting new dance partnership and honoring an extraordinary member of our dance community.  Starting later this week, BDA members will have early access to tickets for this limited capacity celebration, so please stay tuned for the registration link.

SECOND, a big thanks to everyone who stopped by BDA’s tent during this past Saturday’s Dance For World Community Festival.  If you missed us then, please catch us at the Cambridge Arts River Festival this Saturday June 15th.  We invite you to complete a five-question dance survey and/or show us your fav go-to dance moves for a chance to win a FREE year-long BDA membership.  We’ll announce the winner next week.  In the meantime, check out all of the upcoming dance opportunities below.

Have a great week,

Aaron Myers, Executive Director


Three dancers on stage connected by holding hands

Asian American Ballet Project, fiscally sponsored by BDA, made it to NBC news. Watch “Flipping the Script: First all Asian-American ballet company prepares for second season” and learn how Beth Mochizuki has been changing the dance scene with her company.


Jacob’s Pillow is now offering a new free livestream series featuring artists and programs from the 2024 Festival. “Jacob’s Pillow Live,” brings you nine livestreamed performances from this summer’s festivalall for free, with advance registration available. Performances include Season Opening Gala, as well as highly-anticipated performances from the historic Ted Shawn Theatre and the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Featuring The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom, plus performances ranging from Afro Latin and jazz to tap, flamenco, tango, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop, house, vogue, waacking, and Indigenous masked dance.

Watch in the moment—and if you miss it, or want to watch again, several of the livestreams are also available for a 24-hour “Encore” period, several days later. Registration for these summer livestreams in now active and open to everyone.


BDA Member Events This Week


Photo of adult holding baby up. "Celebrate some dance; Family Dance Night with Boston Community Pediatrics" written on the right side.

FREE! – Join Urbanity for a night of grooves, giggles and glee as they partner with Boston Community Pediatrics for a Family Dance Night.The night will include dancing, mingling, and some light refreshments. Space is limited – RSVP required. Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:00 PM at Urbanity Dance Headquarters, 1180 Washington St., Boston.


Photo of Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company performing. Dancers in blue costumes reaching arms up.\The Windhover Center for the Performing Arts outdoor stage is ready for the season. The opening performance promises to be an exciting evening of two different dance companies, with contrasting styles and traditions: Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company, from New York, and Ballet Papillon, from Dallas. Friday, June 14, & Saturday, June 15, 7 PM, at 257R Granite St, Rockport. Tickets: $20-$30.


Danzas y Canciones poster with event information over photo of dancers on stage in different costumes and poses.

Danzas y Canciones includes dances set to the music of African American composers of the last three centuries along with live renditions of Montsalvatge’s Cinco Canciones Negras. Ionic World, a new piece inspired by origins, destruction, and rebirth – begins the program. Saturday, June 15, 7:30 PM and Sunday, June 16, 2:00 PM, at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA. Tickets: $17.50-$35.


River Festival Promotional poster with illustration of all the arts involved and information displayed on the borders.

FREE! – Cambridge Arts River Festival returns to the banks of the Charles River. The 2024 Festival promises to live up to the hype. The festival includes six stages of music, theater, dance, and poetry along with a mermaid promenade, interactive art-marking, buskers, international food, and an arts and crafts. Come say hi to us at the BDA info table and enter for a chance to win a free 1-year membership! Saturday, June 15, 11 AM-6 PM, along the Charles River.


Roots and Routes poster with photo from previous performance and event details listed over photo.

The Dance Complex Teaching Artists come from the world over, advancing the legacy of movement from many regions and cultures. The annual series of Roots & Routes concerts joins forces with the talents of our teaching artists and guest artists, presenting works that are connected by a map of ideas, the map of the world and the map of the heart. These dances are the product of our professional artist’s practice of including communities’ voices in their work. This year features: Anjali NathBack Pocket DancersLaura Sánchez FlamencoMladost Folk EnsembleRootsUprisingSean Bjerke and Yuling Spanish DanceSaturday, June 15, 8 PM, and Sunday, June 16, 7 PM at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Tickets: $10-$30.


Other events in the community this week:
FREE! – Celebrate the power of movement, community, and self expression for mental health at Joy in Motion: A Queer Dance Class and Clothing Pass. Com.e ready to groove at an upbeat dance session for all levels that’s guaranteed to make you smile, and bring along any gently-used activewear to swap with community members seeking gender-affirming workout gear! Enjoy free snacks and find opportunities to connect with local wellness resources, groups classes, and other physical activities for queer folks of all sizes and abilities. LGBTQ+ folks of all backgrounds are welcome to join the fun! Thursday, June 13, 6-8 PM at the Boston City Hall’s Civic Pavilion, 5 Congress St, Boston.

FREE! – The India Society of Worcester (ISW) proudly presents an exhilarating Dhol Tasha Lezim performance alongside a soulful Vocal Ensemble concert, celebrating the vibrant culture and heritage of India. Saturday, June 15, 3-5 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building, Boston.

Biodanza takes on the great outdoors with Clara Rubin-Smith McKie (bilingual facilitation). Through gentle and powerful integrative system, this movement workshop promotes human development both personal and collective. Grownups of all ages (18+) welcome. No experience needed. Register through or and include your email address for class details and updates. Contact Clara via or text 1 (415) 694-8843 with any questions. Saturday, June 15, 3-5 PM, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Registration: $25-$40.

FREE! – Circle the Square is a street festival featuring live music, dance, musical theater, martial arts demos, community art projects, a beer garden and food vendors, plus over 50 vendors ranging from artisans to local non-profit organizations. This is an outdoor, all ages event. Saturday, June 15, 3-7 PM, at the Riverside Plaza, Riverside Ave., Medford.

Jo-Mé Dance presents Uninterrupted, showcasing students, pre-professionals and professionals alike. Saturday, June 15, 7 PM at Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave. BostonTickets: $20-$30.

Photo of Boston Bhangra dancers on stage in costume in a deep plie.
Last chance to tryout for Boston Bhangra! They are seeking dancers for their senior and junior teamd and tryouts are open to everyone, whether you have experience or not. Fill out the form and attend the Tryout Meeting on Sunday, June 16, 9 PM. Please keep in mind that the form MUST be completed by Friday, June 14. Practices will start on July 14 in Allston in person. Practices will be every Sunday from 3-4 PM.
Boston tango festival poster with headshots of teachers and event line up.
Register for the Boston Tango Festival by June 15 to avoid late fees at the door. The festival takes place from June 19-June 23 and includes classes, performances, milongas and special events such as DJ workshops and a barbecue.
Intersections poster with illustration of two dancers in attitudes facing opposite directions.
Asian American Ballet Project offers BDA members a special discount to their upcoming Intersections show. Check your member portal or email for more information on how to retrieve your discount.
Photo of dancers in different levels of lunges holding their own foreheads and opening their mouths.
Missed Simon Montalvo’s a house with no walls: first floor? Catch the free virtual performance of through June 24. This new evening-length dance piece shares stories of transgender and gender nonconforming people through movement, physical theater, and audio interviews. Drawing parallels between the physical body and a house, this work explores the possibilities of existing outside of traditional structures, as a means to look towards a utopian vision.