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  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information.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

Please send any information/corrections/additions to dcash@bostondancealliance.org

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.

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Rolling DEADLINES

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.

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. 

Want to perform in Somerville this fall?  The Somerville Arts Council is not presenting outdoor dance but would be happy to help with permits, location scouting etc. Tell them BDA sent you.

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SEPTEMBER

Goethe-Institut’s new Open Space project offers its flexible space in Back Bay to artists and creative minds as a “laboratory” for ideas, unaffected by rental, institutional or academic restraints. The time frame is flexible within a given two week period.  Applicants are invited to submit proposals along the lines of our current programming topics, although there is no requirement to do so. The topics for this year are Democracy  /  Sustainability  /  Migration. Stipend of up to $1000 for production costs (after a budget has been approved). Deadline is  September 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

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OCTOBER

Urbanity Next residency runs from November to March, 2020 and gives artists the opportunity and resources to create and present new work right here in Boston. We are looking for two textured and engaging artists to create a work under 10 minutes, a new movement piece with Urbanity dancers that would be performed at Urbanity NeXt in March.  Deadline October 1.

RDDI New England Now is designed to strengthen and elevate visibility for New England dance makers as a direct response to findings from two gatherings with New England Choreographers and New England Dance Cultural Organizers hosted in 2017.  Join us for an informational session to learn more about the seventh iteration of RDDI focused on the alignment of New England resources, relationships, and opportunities in support of New England dance makers. To secure a spot in the forum, register by October 7, 2019. Applications will be available in December.

The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council enriches the cultural life of all cities and towns in Massachusetts. Led by municipally appointed volunteers, LCCs award over $3 million every year, supporting more than 5,000 cultural programs that include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances. Grants are open to both town residents and those who will perform there. Check your local LCC for information sessions. Deadlines are all October 15 except where specified.

Cambridge Arts grants to artists and organizations to support their great work. This year’s application period begins when the 2019 – 2020 Grant Guidelines are published on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Application deadline is Oct. 15.  Information Session on Monday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge’s City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor, and at our Grant Writing Workshop: on Monday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge’s City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor.

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NOVEMBER

Next Steps for Boston Dance  grants support choreographers creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing rehearsal space, expert advisors, $5,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project, and cohort meetings. Information sessions early in October, see website for times and places. Deadline is November 4, 2019

JANUARY 2020

The Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography fellowships application period opens  December 15, 2019. Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020.

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FEBRUARY

Dance Residency for Choreographers under the auspices of Kelley Donovan starting Feb 1. 2020. 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.

NATIONAL INFORMATION

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.