Pro/Motion – week of November 6

Happy Monday!

Here’s an important reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, is election day!  Check your registration status and vote however you can. Your voice matters.

As days get shorter and colder, the regional dance scene keeps up the heat. Scroll down to find events close to you and support the creatives who make each event happen.

Don’t see your event here? Fill out the event form at least one week before your event and we’ll make sure to add it next time! Let us know how we can continue to support you.


Carmen S. Rizzo, Membership and Operations Associate


BDA Member Events

Rennie Harris a man in a black blazer and red baseball hat and Jessica Pearson a woman in a black turtleneck

FREE – Join FirstWorks for a special virtual artist talk with legendary choreographer Rennie Harris as he talks about restaging his classic work, “Rome & Jewels,” with his company Rennie Harris Puremovement American Dance Theater (RHPM). Harris is in conversation with Providence-based dancer, educator and choreographer Jessica T. Pearson, Associate Professor of Dance at Rhode Island College. Thursday, November 9, 7:30-8:30 PM.


Two flamenco dancers, one in a black dress and the other in a black suit dancing in front of a flamenco musician playing a guitar.

Omayra Amaya takes over the Dance Complex with a new show and a week of Flamenco dance workshops.  Tiempo Flamenco features new works with a full cast of dancers and musicians, and original music and choreography designed to take audiences on a journey. Saturday, November 11, 8 PM and Sunday, November 12, 7 PM. Tickets $15-$100. Flamenco dance workshops begin Monday, November 13 and run thru Sunday, November 19. On Tuesday, November 14, there is a silent audition for flamenco dancers to join the company in a repertory performance project. To be considered, email Registration ranges from $35-$312.


Other events in the community this week:

Celebrate Diwali at the Museum of Fine Arts. Catch music and dance, make art, tour the galleries of South Asian art, and more. Thursday, November 9, 5-9 PM, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston.

Irene Rampino, SMT, MFA, MSPT presents a Master Course on Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) for professionals of any body-centered discipline. Friday, November 10-Sunday, November 12 at Upward Spiral Studio, Cambridge. Email for information and registration

The Field Center presents its first Capoeira event. Jogo de Cinturas is a weekend-long exchange between capoeiristas happening Friday, November 10-Sunday, November 12.

Two opportunities for contact improvisation happen this week: Contact Dance Euphoria pop-up on Friday, November 10, 8:00–10:30 PM at the Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts in Northampton, MA. Contact Tango Fusion on  Sunday, November 12, 3-9 PM at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA.

The Folk Arts Center and Marcie Van Cleave’s Friday Night Dancing (Arlington, MA) on Friday, November 10, 8:00-10:30 PM and Cut a Rug on Sunday, November 12, 3:45-5:30 PM (virtual).

Tess Saoirse Dance Company presents its first season show, with the choreography by Laporsha Dees, Lindsay Gibbons, Kaylee Mahan, Shirin Kuppusamy, and Tess Saoirse Liddy. Saturday, November 11, 7 PM and Sunday, November 12, 2 PM at Ten31 Productions, Pawtucket, RI.

Directed and edited by Paul Michael Bloodgood, Finding Light captures the sobering yet inspiring dance performance of Stephen Mills’ “Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project” on film, with interviews from Naomi Warren interspersed with archival footage and videos from rehearsals and performances. Finding Light will have a showing Saturday, November 11, 7 PM at West Newton Cinema.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance SocietyBoston presents Hanneke Cassel and Friends in a Celebration of Scottish Music and Dance with Dave Wiesler (piano), Stephen Thomforde (pipes), Highland Dance Boston, and Boston Scottish Country Dancers. Sunday, November 12, 3 PM at the Arts at the Armory, Somerville.

Reimagined by the BDExperience, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is inspired by world fusion and Middle Eastern dance traditions. Performance Sunday, November 12, 5 PM at The Regent Theatre, in Arlington MA.

Idea Swap is the annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations and touring artists to network and share ideas for touring projects. Monday, November 13, 10 AM – 4 PM, the Nashua Center for the Arts, NH. Registration ends today, Monday, November 6.



"Cambridge" written in black "| Arts" written in purple.

The City of Cambridge seeks an intern to help oversee COVID relief grants for arts and cultural nonprofits in Cambridge. Developed by local organizations, the program is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, and run by Cambridge Arts and the City’s Arts And Cultural Planning Director. Pay is $18.41/hour for 16-19 hours per week through August 30, 2024. Apply today.


Emerging Artist Fellowship poster with brown and orange spots. Fellowship information written in white.

Dunamis’ Emerging Artist Fellowship helps emerging artists of color in need of community, resources, workshops, mentorship and more. The application is now open; it closes Friday, November 17Info session happens today, November 6, 6:30 PM. If you have any questions, email


"Map fund's 2024 grant cycle" written in dark green over lighter green background.

The MAP fund’s 2024 grant cycle is open. In this cycle, MAP will invest $2.8M in the performance sector, the largest amount to date. Application for funding and reviewer interest form are open until Tuesday, December 19, 5 PM ET.


Aerial view of Jacob's Pillow campus.


Call for Indigenous Artists and DesignersJacob’s Pillow seeks Indigenous artists based in Turtle Island to collaborate on specific project areas as part of the new Doris Duke Theatre in the area now known as Becket, MA. Engagement with Indigenous people is an important part of the Pillow’s efforts to decolonize its organization and to connect with the land on which we dance. Working with the collaborative design team and Jacob’s Pillow program staff, selected artists will consultant on development and creation of three areas:

  • Medicinal Garden – The garden will be part of the user’s entry experience to the reimagined Doris Duke Theatre. Proposals are welcome that take into consideration planting design, maintenance and user experience.
  • Fire Pit – An area for gatherings and celebrations centered around fire. Proposals are welcome that take into consideration utilization of local materials, seating, tables and a central fire area.
  • Commissioned Visual Artwork –  An artwork to bring contemporary Indigenous voices to the entrance lobby, installed or affixed to a wall. Proposals are welcome that take into consideration the importance of Indigenous artists and community members

Apply by Thursday, November 30, 2023