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.

Check out the grantor’s website for each grant, residency, or fellowship opportunity 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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.

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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? Come to the BDA Open Call Audition in the fall and check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.



Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan. Thirty day Central Square space residencies can be renewed on a month to month basis with  8-9 hours per week minimum space rental at $7 per hour. Resident artist will have a short informal showing in the late spring date TBA. Choreographers must come in person to view the space to discuss scheduling options and the parameters of use of the space. Choreographers must show the results of their work in an informal showing in spring TBD.

The Mass Cultural Council STARS program which brings artists, scientists and scholars into school settings, does not  have a set deadline — they make grants as long as the funds last. You must partner with a school before applying, so  read the guidelines carefully.

Peterborough Dance Theatre in New Hampshire is always looking for Guest Artist Choreographers to set new works on a variety of styles on its Youth Performing Company.  This is a “Non-Competition” dance studio, choosing to focus more on dance as an art.




Assets for Artists provides Boston-based artists with a “matched savings” grant of $1,000 or $2,000, free professional development services, and free one-on-one financial coaching. Deadline January 28, 2019.

Perform at BAMS Festival 2019This epic, multistage, fun-for-fall festival aims to promote, connect and celebrate Afro-centric culture, heritage, and contributions through art, music, food and entertainment. Deadline January 31, 2019



OnStage Dance Company presents OnStage 360°, a performance series of dance work performed in the round.  Performance March 30, 2019. Deadline February 3, 2019. $5 application fee.

Jacob’s Pillow  Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest, a crowd-sourced online competition that allows dance fans from all around the world to have a say in who gets to perform on the Inside/Out stage ton August 17 is open for applications. Deadline Feb 8, 2019

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund supports activity taking place April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020 with 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. You must have a profile on the Creative Ground website (free) to apply. Deadline is is February 8, 2019

Art Week events are unique experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative economy. This year Art Week is April 26-May 5. Application deadline February 22, 2019

MARCH 2019

The Boston Dancemakers Residency, a partnership between Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts, is a comprehensive award designed to support two experienced dancemakers in the development of original ensemble work by providing research, development, rehearsal, financial and production resources. These resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, a dancemaker stipend and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers. Information session is January 29, 2019, and deadline for applications is March 1, 2019 by 5 pm

National Dance Project (NDP) Production grant inquiry phase for dance performances taking place January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2022 has a deadline of March 1, 2019

Dance for World Community will be held in Cambridge June 8, 2019 with five stages.   Application deadline for performers and instructors is Thursday, March 28, 2019


MAY 2019

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 2019   Urbanity’s annual festival of local and out of town dance companies returns.  Deadline is May 30th, 2019.




Boston Dance Alliance does not post jobs or opportunities outside of New England, but there are other aggregation sites you can check.

Dance/USA 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.