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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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.

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. 


MARCH 2019

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble has developed a touring studio performance concept entitled “Artfulness” we are presenting at Boston Ballet/Newton in their grand studio on Sunday May 19th.  Contact Robyn Goulette, Artistic Director at 603-801-1371 or if you would like to participate presenting your work and for more details!

The Age Strong Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture are partnering to provide 25 teaching artists $200 plus a day-long training to work with older adults plus further opportunities to work in Boston neighborhoods. Deadline is March 15, 2019

Festivals grants available to support Spring and Summer programming March 15 deadline

National Dance Presenters Forum at Jacob’s Pillow  will provide 15 early career dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience at Jacob’s Pillow, July 10-14, 2019. Individuals who have been presenting dance for less than five years or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years are encouraged to apply. Deadline is March 15. 

The Mayfair Dance Stage on May 5 in Harvard Square is accepting applications for 10-15 minute slots. Deadline is March 22.

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


APRIL 2019

The 2019 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public histories of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. Deadline April 1st 

New England States Touring (NEST) provides New England artists with the opportunity to build audiences through touring to a variety of communities, thereby increasing demand for their work, encourage thorough planning of projects that provide meaningful interaction between New England artists and communities. Deadline is April 1, 2019 for projects beginning on or after July 1, 2019

Nozama Dance Collective is looking for dance companies and independent choreographers to create one work for “Uplift” surrounding one of mentioned themes, in whatever form speaks loudest. We ask that pieces be a maximum of 7 minutes long. Though this show focuses on the female experience and female empowerment, we want to clarify that this is not restricted to just female performers. Performances in August. Application deadline is April 15th, 2019.

Xsection: A Dance and Science Film Festival sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance – science – film. AAll selected films will be screened at the live event at Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA in June 2019.  XSFF will accept up to 20 films (3:14 minutes and under). XSFF will consider both emerging and professional artists and provide a platform for screening, feedback sessions, and networking opportunities. Deadline April 30, 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.