Choreography, Dancer, and Teaching Artist Opportunities


BDA publishes calls for participation for upcoming local opportunities for Boston area choreographers, dancers, and teaching artists by deadline date. We will try to post virtual opportunities during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deadlines for certain grant applications may be in flux.  Check the websites and if you do not see updates, send emails to confirm deadlines and to confirm your eligibility, deadlines, etc.  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information. Past deadlines will not appear on this list.

Need a fiscal sponsor in order to apply for a grant opportunity? Check out the information here and get in touch with us to learn more.

Dancers, looking for other jobs? Check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.

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Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program. Dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000 are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly  national dancer orientation. All dancers, from early career to mid-career to retired from performing, can work with career counselors – at no cost –  in person or remotely. 


August, 2020

Teaching Artists! The Kennedy Center is looking for proposals for 3-5 minute (maximum 10 minutes) lessons and activities to add to their library of virtual arts activities for students in grades 2-5. If your proposal is selected, you will receive guidance on recording your video inclusive of content review, technical production guidance and basic editing support. The consultative and production process will be 2-4 weeks. Artists whose proposals are selected will receive a flat-rate $750 fee per each video (or each segment of a series). No deadline is listed on the website, but get your proposal in soon!

Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice (for small teams)  and Public Art for Spatial Justice (for individuals and small teams) grants will be provided for work that fosters and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture.  Read eligibility carefully.  Deadline for opportunities that begin late September/early October 2020 is August 24, 2020, 11:59 pm


September 2020

New Work New England provides grants directly to New England artists in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater to support creating and producing new work that has potential to engage multiple New England communities. New Work New England Grants range from $7,500-$15,000. Webinar on how to apply is August 6, 2 p.m.  Deadline is September 3.

The Boston Foundation’s Open Door Grants have been reimagined to address the challenges associated with the pandemic. Two-year support for “organizations serving and building power in communities historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the communities they serve,” will be available. Deadline September 10, 2020

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Deadline is September 14, 2020


Check Dance/USA , which posts national and international jobs and auditions for dancers, choreographers and administrators.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance has begun to list jobs; while many of these duplicate other national postings, dancers/dancemakers of color may want to subscribe.