Pro/Motion – week of October 16

Although leaves are falling, dance is picking up this season! The color of leaves aren’t the only things changing: we’re working on remodeling our weekly Pro/Motion newsletter to keep it filled with all the events and opportunities you’ve come to expect, while making it easier to navigate. You’ll find quick links to key sections. Also new: BDA member events will be listed first. This new member perk comes on top of all the other member benefits you can find on our website including discount tickets to performancesfree access to Open Call/Dance Health Dayopportunity to be a fiscal sponseediscounted marketing opportunities and so much more. Our Pro/Motion newsletter stays free for everyone! We deeply appreciate our members for making the work we do possible.

Additionally, we are seeking our next interim Executive Director. Read the job description here, and consider applying

As we make shifts and adjust to our community’s needs and requests, please let us know if you have any feedback. We want to support you and deliver what you need from us. Reach out to at any time.

Best wishes,

Carmen S. Rizzo, Membership and Operations Associate


BDA Member Events This Week

Two photos side by side: on the left Christopher Edwards crosses arms and smiles softly; on the right Roxanna Myhrum holds on to scarf and smiles.

Join The Dance Complex for the first Learning to Walk the Talk Series session of the 2023-24 season. Responding to Artistic Process and Products features a panel of guest artists including Christopher Edwards and Roxanna Myhrum, facilitated by Peter DiMuro on Tuesday, October 17, from 6:00-7:15 PM. Event is free to attend and is fully virtual.


Flamenco dancer in red dress twists to look over left shoulder and snaps fingers.

Catch a free preview performance of Flamenco Certamen USA; the nation’s only competition for up-and-coming flamenco artists. Features six dancers, two live musicians, a singer and a guitarist. Wednesday, October 18, 7-8 PM, at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts.


Eileen and Raul dance in an open gallery space holding hands.

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn Cha Cha Dance with Dance Caliente. Whether you want to impress on the dance floor, improve your fitness, or just have a great time, this Workshop is for you. Come alone or with a partner – everyone is welcome! Wednesday, October 18, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Medford Library.


Black and white photo of Sabrina Aviles dancing flamenco, bringing her gaze away from the camera while having one arm up and one arm down.

Join Sabrina Aviles for a Concha Jareño Workshop at the Dance Complex and at the Tony Williams Dance Center. She’ll be leading choreography workshops and technique workshops on Thursday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 22. Class fee is $45 for a single class, $160 for a full workshop, $310 for two workshops and $450 for three. Contact for registration.


Black and white headshot of Chrystyn Fentroy.

Take a master class with Boston Ballet’s principal dancer Chrystyn Fentroy at Northeast Arts. Saturday, October 21, 10 AM. Registration: $22.

"Boston Dance FilmFest" written in different shades of purple.

Boston Dance Film Festival features multiple short films from artists in the Boston area, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Saturday, October 21, 6:30 PM at the Apple Cinemas Cambridge, 168 Alewife Brook Parkway. Tickets are $20.


Tap dancer on tip toes with arms up.

Boston’s Subject:Matter explores where tap dance has been, where it’s going, and what it looks like right now. The company performs the world premiere With Far Hand that features exciting explorations in tap dance composition along with excerpts from Songbook. Q&A with the company follows Friday’s performance. Friday & Saturday, October 20-21, 8 PM at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Tickets are $48, and $44 for Global Arts Live members.


Dancers in black pants and colorful tops interact with gallery work that is similar to their tops.

Nora Stephens and MacKenzie LeTorré perform in collaboration with Kate Holcomb Hale’s soft sculptures in her exhibition, “lean, STAND, collapse” at the Danforth Museum of ArtSaturday, October 21, 3 PM. Admission is free.


Diwali Gala poster with all event information.

Celebrate Diwali at the South Asian Nation & Boston Bhangra’s Gala, an event filled with activities, music, dance and food. Saturday, October 21, 5-11 PM at Sons of Italy, 520 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Tickets are free for children under 3, $40 for ages 4-9, and $65 for ages 10+. For more information, call: 617-448-2508.


AbunDance poster with illustration of ballerinas in fine golden line over navy blue background.

Catch AbunDanceCity Ballet of Boston‘s premier performance of the 2023-2024 season! Includes a lineup of new works by talented choreographers and performers from all over New England. City Ballet of Boston’s professional company, and dancers from Boston City Youth Ballet performs choreography by Tony Williams, Gianni Di Marco, and Morgan Brown Sanborn. Special guest appearances from SunDanceX on Saturday evening, and Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe on Sunday afternoon. Saturday, October 21, 7:00 PM & Sunday, October 22, 1:30 PM at the Tony Williams Dance Center, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. Suggested donation of $15 per seat.


A Collage of images and text on a purple background spells out "Collage and Sip"

Join detritus dance for a creative and lively evening at Rooted Cafe at The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA. This event is FREE, and donations of any amount are encouraged.  Donations benefit detritus dance’s campaign for “Malefica,” a dance-theater production! At Collage and Sip, you’ll have the chance to create your own collage artwork while enjoying a variety of delicious sips and bites for purchase at Rooted Cafe & Bar. Supplies will be provided. Sunday, October 22, 3-5 PM.


Three headshots of guest artists on the left and a larger photo of a duet dancing with two yellow umbrellas on the right.

Sleeping Weazel presents its inaugural Experimental Cabaret with Dance Complex Executive Director Peter DiMuro and Opera unMet Artistic Director Marshall Hughes singing solos accompanied by pianist Andy Lantz. Accumulation Dance partners Meghan McLyman and Kristen Duffy Young perform sequences from their dance The Slightest Variation of Weather. Patrice Jackson-Tilghman weaves the sections together with her improvisational cello performance. Sunday, October 22, 6:00 PM.


Other events in the community this week:
Bachata for a cause Mondays in October, 7:30 PM, Cambridge Community Center for the Arts.

¡A Bailar! Community Building through Afro-Latin Dance and MusicWednesday, October 18, 7 PM at the Museum of Science

CI Jam and Lab organized by Earthdance runs Thursday, October 19-Tuesday October 24 with sliding scale pricing.

Alma Guillermoprieto, author of SambaDancing with Cuba and many more, in conversation with Valeria Luiselli at Harvard’s Writers SpeakThursday, October 19, 6 PM, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.

Boston Dance Theater opens the TEDxCambridge at the Opera House, Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM.

Greater Boston high school students are invited to a low cost Dance Intensive and Talent Showcase in Lakeville and Taunton, Mass. This Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22.

If you are over 21, watch Carnal Carnival: A Halloween Spectacle by BeauTease Burlesque on Saturday, October 21, 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM at Deacon Giles Speakeasy Lab or Friday, October 27, 7:30 PM at Club Café.
Upstage Lung Cancer on Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 PM at the Mosesian Center for the Arts.

Samhain is a theatrical pole experience showcasing Boston Pole Fitness’s exceptional instructors, students, and a performance by their fabulous drag queen host Severity Stone. Sunday, October 22, 5 PM at the Regent Theatre, Arlington.

Imani Jr. Auditions poster with audition information and photos of the group in varied performances.
Audition for Imani Jr. This Sunday, October 22, 12:30-3:30 PM at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, 3708 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain. Seeking girls ages 7-11 interested in African, Modern and Hip Hop dance styles. For more information contact
Silhouette of dancer in dress gently reaching arms up and audition information displayed on the left.
Aftab Dance Group is looking for new members for its 2023-2024 season! This recreational Iranian dance group run by students and young professionals in the Boston area, has been performing at various cultural events in the Greater Boston and New England area for over 15 years. Dancers who are committed and passionate about Persian dance and sharing the beauty of Iran’s diverse and rich culture with the community are encouraged to audition on Sunday, October 29. Complete and submit the application form to be considered. Applicants will receive email confirmation with additional information.