Pro/Motion – week of May 27

Hello BDA Community,

Hope you had a fun-filled holiday weekend.

As we swing into Summer, Boston Dance Alliance (BDA) is excited to report that we’ll be participating in a couple of upcoming community events in Cambridge, MA: 1) Dance for World Community Festival on Saturday, June 8th and 2) Cambridge Arts River Festival on Saturday, June 15th.

We invite you to stop by our info table to learn about BDA’s programs & services for the greater Boston dance community and to be entered in a raffle to win a year-long BDA membership, whose benefits include discounts to dance performances, discounted rental of BDA’s portable floor, and a free e-blast to our distribution list of 2,500+ dance lovers.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

All the best,

Aaron Myers, Interim Executive Director


BDA Member Events This Week

Photo of Serena Petruzello in black lingerie with hands on hips

Join the Zello Twins Heels Workshop. Learn heels technique and have the opportunity to professionally film at the end of class. Venmo @serenapetruzello to register a spot. Thursday, May 30, 7:30-9:00 PM, at The Dance Complex. Registration: $25.


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FREE! – Smooth Social Dance Workshop with Dance Caliente! Raul Nieves and Eileen Herman-Haase will perform a demo of the Waltz, Foxtrot, Nightclub 2-step, and Rumba. Participants will then choose which dances to learn. Registration required. Friday, May 31, 1:00-2:30 PM at the Plymouth Center for Active Living, 44 Nook Road, Plymouth.


Unity poster with event information over previous performance photo of dancers reaching in different directions under purple light.

Mosaic Dance Inc. presents their 2nd annual full company performance, Unity, featuring guest artists Art UnEarths, Brookline School of the Arts, and OnStage Dance Company. Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM at the BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Tickets: $25.


Photo of seniors sitting in a circle while two stand up and dance holding hands.

Donna Newman-Bluestein hosts Bringing Dance to Older Adults and People with Dementia, a 15 hour in-person training. Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM, at Newbridge on the Charles, 6000 Great Meadow Road, 3rd floor, Dedham. Registration: $345.


Mixed Nuts poster with event info in borders o0ver black and white photo of three tap dancers' legs.

The Dance Complex presents Pistachio Groove’s first evening length work of new ideas in choreography, improvisation, and composition with an amazing four piece band. The intersection of many artists coming together makes “Mixed Nuts” a collaboration of groove based musical exploration. Each piece is rooted in a central groove or time step that informs a connection between the dancers and musicians. Saturday, June 1, 8 PM & Sunday, June 2, 7 PM at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Tickets: $15-$40.


Dancer in a wide stance reaching one arm forward and one bent arm back.

Urbanity hosts a family-fun Community Celebration after the Youth Student Showcase. The event features food trucks, music, pop-up performances, and of course, dancing! Funds raised will directly support Urbanity’s Access for All scholarship programSaturday, June 1, from 3:30-5:00 PM, Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park Street, Boston. Tickets $10-$100.


Nourish poster with photo of Jessica Roseman looking down with one hand to heart.

FREE! – Jessica Roseman returns to the Reflection, Healing, and Movement series with Nourish: A Soulcare Movement Workshop. Nourish is intended for movers of all abilities, no prior experience necessary, and is open to children, caregivers, dance professionals, and beyond. Participants will tap into their intuition, trusting that they already have the wisdom to generate satisfying movement stories. Bring your curiosity and come learn accessible movement scores and containers for choreographing dances. Monday, June 3, 6:00- 7:30 PM, at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Virtual option available.


Other events in the community this week:

FREE! – Dances in Progress is a showcase and feedback session featuring choreographic works in progress by 6 local choreographers. Donations are optional and welcome. Donated funds will be equally split between the choreographer who receives the Audience Choice Award and the choreographer who receives the Panel Selection Award. Friday, May 31, 7 PM at the Jackson Dance Lab at Tufts University, 50 Talbot Ave, Medford. Tufts University.

Boston Dance Theater’s ‘Pinnacle Works’ will be performed at the 3S ArtspaceFriday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 8 PM, at 319 Vaughan St. Portsmouth, NH.

Experience the power of somatic dance. Soul Dance is a guided improvisational movement practice created by Allison Talis, a somatic therapist, yoga teacher, and trauma specialist with over 25 years of experience in the healing arts. The dance begins gently, followed by a deeper, more visceral exploration, and ends with guided relaxation. Saturday, June 1, 1:30-3:00
, at The Dance Complex.

FREE! – The first Rueda in the Pahk of the summer is here. Sunday June 2, 5 PM (Rueda de Casino Lessons for all levels) & 6 PM at Jill Brown Rhone Park, intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Sidney St., Cambridge.


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Complete the Arts at the Armory survey to help determine the future of their spaces. Survey closes on Friday, June 7. You can also watch the last community meeting which was held on Wednesday, May 15.


Boston Dancemakers Residents' shows' posters. Top: Simon Montalvo's "a house with no walls: first floor". Bottom: Laila J. Franklin's "BABYBABYBABY".

As the 2023-2024 BCA Dancemakers Residency moves towards a close, don’t miss the opportunity to view the works of both Simon Montalvo and Laila J. Franklin. You can still catch Laila’s BABYBABYBABY online for FREE until Monday, June 3. Catch Simon’s a house with no walls: first floor next week, Friday, June 7, 8 PM, and Saturday, June 8, 2 & 8 PM at the BCA’s Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Tickets: $25.


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Visit us along Advocacy Way at Dance for World Community Festival, hosted by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Find out more about what BDA does and how you can get involved. Learn more about our mission and come support your local dance community! Saturday, June 8 at Harvard Square, Cambridge.