Springing into Dancing Delights


  • Cambridge Arts has announced its organizational grants and dance is well represented! Congratulations to these recipients of $9,000 awards
    • The Dance Complex
    • Global Arts Live 
    • Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
    • Multicultural Arts Center


  • Huge congratulations to BDA Board member and Monkeyhouse Founder/Artistic Director Karen Krolak who will be attending the summer 2022 Dancing Disability Lab program at UCLA, which aligns disability justice with creative practice.


  • Congratulations to the recipients of Urbanity’s residency program, Urbanity X: Boaz “Statix” Deceus, Miranda Lawson, Sandra “Sasi” Marcelino, Kendall Niblett, and Ronnie Terrell Thomas. The program serves as an incubator and career launching pad for talented Boston-based artists providing mentorship, dedicated rehearsal space, a $1,000 stipend, and access to performance space and technical support. The residency includes the opportunity to create and showcase new choreographic work.


Your Advocacy is Making a Difference!


The recently passed federal $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations (funding) bill (H.R. 2471) that funds the federal government through September 30, 2022 provided $180 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – $12.5 million over FY2021 enacted funding levels. The funding bill also provides $13.2 billion in discretionary funding to the U.S. Department of Labor – $653 million over FY2021 enacted funding level – which will help creative workers have greater access to federal workforce development programs.

While arts and cultural industries are regaining ground lost during the pandemic, they have not risen back to 2019 levels. A national summary from a study tracking the annual economic impact of the arts, The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA ) is available as Arts Data Profile on arts.gov. You can also check out the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ interactive dashboard by state.

In 2020, the Massachusetts cultural sector generated more than $23 billion, 4% of the gross state product (GSP) – and number consistent with the national percentage — and employed more than 125,000 workers.



Join Cassandre Charles on Wednesday, March 23 6-7:30PM for Observations in Movement! There will be moving, drawing and connecting with the body and soul to enhance your creative process, no matter the medium. Presented as a part of the Dance Complex’s Reflection, Healing, and Movement Series.


Nailah Randall-Bellinger And RootsUprising present “Initiation—In Love Solidarity” at the Multicultural Arts Center on Friday, March 25, at 7:30PM. The presentation is a 2-part dance journey that explores the remembering of the Middle Passage as a means to reclaiming Black humanity.


Join Urbanity on March 25 and 26 for the first performance of our new Urbanity X residency! Performed by Urbanity Underground and Junior Apprentice dancers, The Sky & the Sea will feature choreography by company dancer Kendall Niblett in collaboration with Will Neely and ONASMA: Shadow Dance. This work in progress is an interdisciplinary performance, combining dance, film, and code to illustrate the complexity of how one’s real and virtual identity coexists.


It’s a weekend of Milonga with Carolina Jaurena! After a special pre-milonga workshop and performance at Vida Mia on Friday March 25, take a milonga workshop on Saturday the 26th!


Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s final Dance Saturday is “Out of Control”with Salsa y Control. Join brothers Johnny and Andres Giraldo for an immersive night of salsa! Saturday, March 26 at 7PM.


BoSoma Dance Company (BDC) returns to the Larcom Theatre for their 18th Annual Season Spring Show. Highlighting the power, passion, and versatility of the BDC dancers, the company will perform new work as well as classic repertory brought back to life. Saturday, March 26 at 8PM and Sunday, March 27 at 2PM.


Urbanity’s Company is excited to collaborate with the Cantata Singersto present Where Love and Hopeon Sunday, March 27th at 3PM at First Church Cambridge! Led by Cantata Singers Music Director finalist Katherine Chan and featuring Urbanity Company dancers Haley Day, Olivia Link, and Nia Sadler this concert is sure to uplift you long after the final note is played.


Join Paula Higa on Sunday, March 27 at 4PM as she dances in response to the closing reception of visual artist Debra Weisberg’s“Holding the Center Still” at Piano Craft Gallery.



Scholarship applications for the 2022 Bates Dance Festival are due on Monday, March 28th! Click HERE for more information!


  • Kidstock Theater is looking for Creative Movement Specialists! For $750-$900/wk, the Creative Movement Specialist  is responsible for leading the dance program and devising the choreography for the end of week presentation. The ideal candidate will be pleasant, kid-friendly, self motivated, organized, creative, and bold. Candidates must have actual experience working with students teaching dance, and/or choreographing staged productions with children. Experience and confidence in creating a safe space for non-dancers to explore creative movement is a must. Training will be provided


  • ArtsBoston is hiring!
    • Program Coordinator (ft + benefits)  supporting The Network for Arts Administrators of Color, the ArtsBoston Calendar, and the Audience Initiative
    • Digital Marketing Manager (ft + benefits) managing marketing programs that raise visibility for ArtsBoston members
    • BosTix Manager (pt contract)


  • The Dance Complex is seeking a Development and Communications Manager. Click HERE for more information and email natalia@dancecomplex.org with questions.


NEFA offers New England artists free access to Art World Learning (AWL), a growing, online video library created to help individual artists, designers, and cultural producers navigate the business of creative practice. AWL explains the ecosystems of funding, finance, and business in a way that’s approachable, nonjudgmental, and applicable to creatives and freelancers who often find themselves torn between doing their work and tending to administrative details.  Self-paced video lessons and worksheets cover everything from debt to freelance finance to healthcare to artist visas to IP and licensing to contract terms.

Are your needs less as an individual artist and more as an organization? The Mass Cultural Cultural archived its excellent capacity building toolkit here. 


Check out tiktokers Vik & Aubrey’s Evolution of Dance 2.0 to bring a little joy to your day 🙂


The registration for Boston Dance Alliance’s 2022 hybrid gala on May 15, where we will honor Ramon de los Reyes and Jayne Murphy, is opening soon! BDA members get discounts so renew today and stay tuned for the details!

Happy spring!

Debra Cash, Executive Director