Music and Mind Live Former Bostonian and Mark Morris dancer David Leventhal, who directs Dance for PD®, joins opera star Renée Fleming in an online conversation about the impact of music and dance for patients with Parkinson’s Disease on Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00 pm on Facebook and YouTube.

Lindsay Caddle LaPointe‘s films of the site specific Mill Town created by Stephan Koplowitz for the Lewiston, Maine mills in 2017, are streaming from the Bates Dance Festival until September 8 only, and feature a haunting segment with Irish dancer Kieran Jordan. Here’s some background, too.

Reopening a dance studio? Boston Ballet has posted its protocols  as has The Dance Complex. Still have questions about how to be compliant with Massachusetts regulations? Boston Dance Alliance may be able to help. Email dcash@bostondancealliance

Richard Powers’ History of Swing Dance and Jazz Steps of the 1930s Workshop is being rebroadcast on Zoom to benefit Folk Arts Center of New England September 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.  Powers tells the lively story of the crazy Ragtime Era dance mania, including the story of Vernon and Irene Castle, illustrated with 350 images from that time, which makes for a fast-paced talk. Then he traces the history of Swing dancing through 1939, complete with film clips from these eras. Finally, Richard gives a short class in jazz steps from the Swing Era Big Apple. No partner required.


Pedagogy/Poetic Entry is a new somatics program from Freeskewl that invites teaching artists to spend 90 minutes sharing their pedagogical practice and thought that leads into a larger discussion with participants.

Los Angeles-based d. Sabela grimes, a trans-media storyteller whose creative practice draws directly from Black movement systems, launches the series with the goal of enabling people to experience ritual as a means to play in the corrugated spaces of ‘Cosmic Blackness’. Catch it on Zoom   zoom.us/j/3093774924; password: 640262 on Thursday September 10, 7-8:30 (est)

Dance to Project Your Stories

Artists based along the Fairmount Cultural Corridor are invited to map, draw, animate, dance or otherwise represent their response to this prompt:

 Has this moment of pause and reflection stirred or opened your imagination in some unexpected way? Has this moment allowed for you to dream or imagine new ways you’d like to arrange life? It could be a re-arrangement of your day or your home, your school or work life, your neighborhood, city or region, or it could not center you at all, but rather be about time, or food, or water…

Up to a dozen works will be commissioned by The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI). This provides a $300 stipend. Deadline is September 11 at midnight.

 Fall 2020 Grants

Projects will look different this year, but the grant application season is open and Boston Dance Alliance posts them all in one place for your information! Check out this page for local opportunities. Know of any we haven’t listed? Please let us know, we are happy to include them at no cost to you

The Institute of Contemporary Art and public artist Elisa Hamilton are encouraging people to talk out their sidewalk chalk, make up a dance to a favorite piece of music, and teach it to their friends