Pro/Motion – week of June 24

Hello BDA Community,

This Thursday June 27th from 5-7pm on at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, Boston Dance Alliance will celebrate its 30th anniversary and would love for you to join us as we commemorate this major milestone.

Attendees can look forward to an opening series of dance solos, food & drinks, plus a chance to win a one-night stay at the OMNI.  We’ll also be announcing an exciting new dance partnership and honoring an extraordinary member of our dance community.

For more info and to get your tickets for this fast-approaching special occasion at a beautiful location, go to this webpage today.  We hope to have the pleasure of your company as we celebrate 30 years of Boston Dance Alliance!

Thank you,

Aaron Myers, Executive Director



We can’t wait to see you this Thursday, June 27, 5-7 PM at the OMNI Hotel to celebrate 30 years of Boston Dance Alliance!
BDA members can get tickets to our 30th Anniversary celebration for a discounted rate until 11:59 PM TONIGHT! Don’t miss out!


BDA Member Events This Week

A Trike Called Funk poster with artists headshots

FREE! – Join Mestre Deraldo Ferreira from Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola – Boston and Vayu Kieta “The Kracken” from Floor Lords in this edition of Juxtaposed Flows. This mini-series of events is designed to bring together members of the local street / club dance scene with those from the internationally rooted heritage dance scene to learn from & exchange with one another in a fun & interactive format. Accompanied by a guest DJ, participants will learn basic steps from Breaking and Martial Arts movement forms then have a chance to incorporate them into a friendly, freestyle dance battle whose winner will take home a prize. No worries if you don’t want to take part in the battle – there’s still plenty of movin’ and groovin’ to do and you’ll get to cheer on those in the battle. Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-8:30 PM at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Dr. Lot #5, Cambridge.


flyer of dancing on the row

FREE! – MetaMovements returns to Assembly Row for another summer filled Dancing On The Row: Latin Dance in ASL. All ages and abilities welcome to join every other Friday starting June 28 for social dancing and animaciones (group follow alongs) to Latin music played by some of the best DJ’s in town! This year they are partnering with Silent Rhythms to feature Salsa dance lessons taught in American Sign Language (ASL). Fridays June 28, July 12, July 26, August 8, August 23 & September 6, 6:00-8:30 PM at Assembly Row East, (near Smoke Shop BBQ) on green space, 375 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Intersections poster

Asian American Ballet Project presents INTERSECTIONS. Four uniquely Asian American ballets explore connections between Asia and America, bridging the cultural divide. Watch them perform La Bayadere: a Desi RetellingLon Po PoReclamation and On the Way. Tickets available by phone (617-933-8600), online or in-person, at the BCA Box Office. Saturday, June 29, 2 PM & 7 PM, and Sunday, June 30, 2 PM at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets: $15-$65. *BDA member discount available. Check your member portal for more information.


MUNA x Dance Church partnership class poster

Register for this special MUNA x Dance Church partnership class. 10% of profits from this class will go to Black & Pink, a national org fighting alongside incarcerated LGBTQI+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS for prison abolition. Sunday, June 30, 10 AM at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Studio 7, Cambridge. Registration: $20. No one is turned away due to lack of funds.


Other events in the community this week:
FREE! – Join the MSP4 Panel: The Invisible Dancer, an insightful panel discussion on the hidden aspects of Boston’s vibrant dance scene and how it influences representation within the dance community and related industries. This panel will spotlight the disparities in race, gender, and cultural representation, focusing on the Latin dance scene. This will be an interactive panel featuring dancing, conversation, and engagement. We invite you to participate and connect with others in meaningful ways. Although it is an in person event, it will be recorded for those who cannot join. Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8:00 PM at The Foundry, 101 Rogers Street, Cambridge.FREE! – The Cambridge Steel Youth Orchestra (CYSO) will be performing CARNIVAL with TEMPO International Rhythm section, and Step Into Culture Dance group. All attendees are welcome to try out the instruments following the concert. Join the dance on Wednesday, June 26, 7-9 PM at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive LOT #5, Cambridge.

Jacob’s Pillow Summer Festival 2024 opens with the trailblazing comic ballet and modern dance company performing the second act of Swan Lake plus their singular take on PaquitaLes Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo performs at the Ted Shawn Theatre, Wednesday, June 26-Sunday, June 30. Tickets start at $65.

Arts at the Armory welcomes Afropop sensation, Dobet Gnahoré, to the Sppotlight Series Stage. With her majestic voice, fierce dance moves, magnetic stage presence, and colorful sense of style, GRAMMY-winner Dobet Gnahoré is one of Africa’s most revered and respected talents. Thursday, June 27, 8 PM at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. 1-C, Somerville. Tickets: $35-$45.

FREE! – Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors who will gather for the City’s Dance Party. For the second year in a row, the Dance Party will expand its footprint all the way to Prospect Street. Friday, June 28, 6-10 PM, at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

FREE! – We are thrilled to announce that the legendary Desmond Richardson, co-founding artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, will be coming to Boston!  The Tony-nominated dancer, singer, and choreographer will share insights, lessons, and wisdom from his career spanning almost four decades, as well as his vision for the future of dance. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Friday, June 28, 6:30 PM at 2136 Washington Street, Roxbury.

FREE! – Urbano Projects presents a final showcase performance of “Move. Dwell. Belong” – Urbano’s spring movement program – followed by artist Q&A. Artist-in-Residence, Deanna Pellecchia, asst. choreographer, Carmen Rizzo, and their students worked over the course of 12 weeks to collaboratively create a 20 minute, site-specific performance piece exploring the lifestyle habits found in all Blue Zones; specifically how dance and movement can foster purpose, stress relief, social networks, long-life, and ultimately, belonging. On Friday, June 28, 7 PM, the event will take place at Jo-Mé Dance Arts, 85 Seaverns Ave,Jamaica Plain. On Saturday, June 29, 2 PM, the event will take place at Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park,Boston, (outdoors). Rain date is Sunday, June 30, 2 PM.

Join Lambazouk Boston for a weekend event of Brazilian dance Lambada, including workshops, practicas and social dancing, with legendary artists Gilson Damasco (Brazil/Netherlands) and his talented partner Mailys Arbaoui Westphal (France), as well as Kuna Malik Hamad (DC, USA). The workshops are catered to both beginners and intermediate dancers, in a progressive fashion. All are welcome! Friday, June 28, 7 PM-12 AM; Saturday, June 29, 1-9 PM; and Sunday, June 30 1-5 PM at Salsa Y Control, 161 Harvard Ave #13b, Allston. Registration: $125-$175..Join Peabody Essex Museum as they celebrate their cherished LGBTQIA+ community and local “Werks of Art” this Pride Month, in partnership with Salem’s own Miz Diamond Wigfall! This spectacular lineup features the Hometown Queeros collective of Salem drag artists, along with special guests Cain and Landon Cider (season 3 winner of the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula). Stay for the After-Hours Dance Party + Drag Show
Friday, June 28, 8 PM–12 AM at the Main Atrium, 161 Essex Street, Salem. Tickets: $25-$50.

FREE! – Are You Still Looking? by Austin Guin takes over Salem’s Old Town Hall. Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29, 8 PM, at 32 Derby Square, Salem.

FREE! – Joy As Resistance Showcase is led by Mestra Isaura Oliveira and assistant mentees Brittany Owens and Ebere Oparaeke, featuring guest artists André Simões, Piéra Varin, Tarcisco Alves, Anna Borges, Bill Ward, Julio Santos, and Samba do Recôncavo da Bahia Workshop attendees. Open to all. Saturday, June 29, 12:30-2:00 PM at the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, 149 Dudley Street, Roxbury. Registration not required but recommended

Travel the Oceans on an illuminating journey describing our life connection with the ebb and flow of the Oceans. FIVE OCEANS brings Contemporary Dance with Live Spoken Word and Visual Projection by Francoise Voranger and Joanna Duncan, narrated by Nicole Marchand with sound score mastering by Scott Duncan, featuring guest artists Nikki Ortiz and Pearl Madnick performing with Danceartists Ballet CompanySaturday, June 29, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Jean McDonough Arts Center, 20 Franklin St., Worcester. Tickets: $38.50.”PAPAYA” transports you into a basement jam-session-turned-sleepover. Focused on the interconnected histories of two women, this performance builds a world from memories of queer relationality that reveals the fantastical, intimate, and bittersweet of what once was. A collaborative project by MELLE. and bog berries, this show combines dance, theater, and live music to create a narrative world that indulges in queer feminine relationality. Saturday, June 29, 7:00-8:30 PM, at The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street, Somerville. Tickets $25-$30

FREE! – Danza Orgánica presents Âs Nupumukômun (We Still Dance). This special work was created over the course of 5 years, through a partnership with the Aquinnah Cultural Center, The Yard, and Danza Orgánica. Saturday, June 29, 7 PM at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Reservations recommended.

Jo-Mé Dance Theatre presents Unbroken at Arrow Street Arts. Saturday, June 29, 7:00 PM at 2 Arrow St, Cambridge. Tickets: $20-$35.

The Folk Arts Center of New England hosts a documentary film showing with Efie Derksen Hans Derksen, and the Flying Squirrel OrchestraMy Borrowed Heritage and Dance Party can be enjoyed in Belmont, MA and online. Saturday, June 29, 8-11:00 PM at the Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont. Tickets $5-$20.

MIDDAY BIPOC mentorship program flyer.
Apply now to MIDDAY’s BIPOC Professional Dancer Mentorship Program. Early-career professional contemporary dancers of color ages 18+ are invited to apply for their third cohort. Program benefits include: class-taking stipends, personal stipends, personalized mentorship and peer support. Applications due by July 12.