Summer Beat Goes On…


"Feet keep the beat" poster with four images of dancers feet from different genres and event information.

The Center for Arts at the Armory heats up the stage with FEET KEEP THE BEAT – a new annual multicultural percussive dance festival bringing together flamenco, Irish, tap, kathak, body percussion and other flavors of percussive dance from around the world. Enjoy classes, jams and an exciting showcase performance featuring Anjali Nath (Kathak), Ariaki Dandawate (Kathak), DrumatiX (Tap / Body Percussion / Drumming), Fourth Dimension (Tap), Khalid Hill (Tap), Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O’Riley (Irish), & Yosi Karahashi (Flamenco)Tuesday, August 1-Friday, August 4 at 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA.


Dancer in loose pants, sweater and a hat kneels on the grass and runs arms through the grass.

Join Urban Bush Women in a Movement Workshop at The Studio at The Yard. This participatory workshop focuses on self-care, rejuvenation, and (re-) constructing healthful images of self and communities. No dance or fitness experience is necessary, just a body and a willingness to exhale Wednesday, August 2, 10:30 AM. Then Saturday, August 5 catch the company in a pop-up performance of “Haint Blu,” which investigates sustainability practices and holistic healing that has helped communities thrive and imagines how those might restore our own bodies and minds.


Hip Hop dancer on stage landing an intricate inversion on one shoulder while legs are in the air on a diagonal.]Jacob’s Pillow celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip hop—the dynamic culture and art movement catalyzed in the Bronx in August 1973—with a “festival within the Festival,” featuring Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater at the Ted Shawn Theater. Nefer Global MovementKR3TS Dance Company (Keep Rising to the Top) and Philadelphia-based The Hood Lockers perform at the Henry J. Leir Stage. Brinae Ali takes on the Henry J. Leir Stage followed by The School at Jacob’s Pillow paying tribute to jazz dancer and teacher Chet Walker Wednesday, August 2-Sunday, August 6.


Eileen and Raul dance holding each other's hands and opening chest away from each other and towards the camera.

Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente is a free, interactive ballroom dance show designed to sweep you off your feet with teaching and performance of foxtrot; cha cha; hustle and salsa. The next offering is on Thursday, August 3, 1-2 PM, at the Needham Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave. To reserve a seat call the Needham COA at: 781-455-7555 ext. 210


Black poster with Boston Tap Party information and photo of dancer in tap shoes bending one leg and extending the other while hinges back with arms wide.

The highly-anticipated Second Annual Boston Tap Party (BTP), brings top tap artists from across the country to Greater Boston, teaching a wide range of classes for youth and adults, and capping the event with a faculty showcase performance on Saturday, August 5. Faculty for master classes include  Ian Berg, Sydney Burtis, Ryan Casey, Thelma Goldberg, Luke Hickey, Khalid Hill, Jay Jan, Kelly Kaleta, Demi Remick, and Aaron Tolson. Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6. Classes and tap jam take place at Deborah Mason Performance Arts Center and the faculty showcase happens at  Arts at the Armory, Somerville.


Guateque Cubano poster with photo of Boston Casineros in costume lined up and event information displayed over light yellow background.

The next Guateque Cubano dance social is Saturday, August 5, 7:30-11:30 PM at George Dilboy Post, 351 Summer St, Somerville. it kicks off with a 30 min lesson by Boston Rueda followed by a special performance by Boston Casineros.


Two femme presenting latin ballroom dance instructors posing in front of a black background with string lights.

Join Northeast Arts in Jamaica Plain to learn some Latin ballroom dance basics then put them into a short choreography and take them out to the club at night! Instructors New Yorkers Evelyn Reyes and Leilani Mendez bring the hottest moves, authentic flavor and 10 years of teaching  experience Saturday, August 5, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM for salsa and Saturday, August 12, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM for bachata and merengue. Clean, soft-soled sneakers or socks required.


Boston Cabaret Qweenz golden logo over black backgroundThe Cabaret Qweens tell stories through their dancing, in a show that includes cyphers, krump, and female and male identifying artists. Free entree and bar drinks, a 360 booth and prizes for best dressed attendees! Must be 25+. Saturday, August 5, doors open at 8 PM, performance starts at 9 PM, at Its 2 Cool, 905 Turnpike Street #C,D,H Canton, MA.


Queer Dance Workshop poster with a pride flag, event name and slogan "Joyful dance with fellow queer folks!" written in white over purple background.

The last Queer Dance Workshop of the summer features waltz with Michael Winward and aBUNdance with Pampi! This is a fun opportunity for queer folks of all identities and experiences to connect through dance. Sunday, August 6, 2:00-4:30 PM, at the Pinebank Promontory at Jamaica Plain.


Multiple dancers in various daily attire spread out through a large staircase doing inversions, exploring the floor and railing.

Join Wendy Jehlen for Waterfall, a work where twenty or more dancers cascade slowly together down a staircase.  Participate in an intensive 3-hour workshop based on movement practices that draw on elements of butoh, parkour, contact improvisation and deep listening .to learn to move together as a body of water. The workshop is immediately followed by a performance by workshop participants who wish to take the work outside. In the months ahead, Waterfall will take place on iconic staircases around the world. Waterfall is intrinsically Deaf accessible and dancers of all bodies are invited to participate. Sunday, August 6, 12-3 PM at Arts at Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. Additional workshop on Wednesday, August 30, 12-2 PM.


Common Circus poster with photo of 6 dancers paired up so that the front dancer looks like they are sitting with legs crossed and the dancer behind them serves them something imaginary to sip on.

Common Circus comes to Boston’s Roslindale Square Sunday, August 6, 4 PM starting at The Substation. Join Luminarium Dance on foot as they wander through the neighborhood, stopping at some of Roslindale’s favorite businesses for snippets of the show. What’s better than watching a piece about everyday things in the actual spaces  where they occur? This showing is appropriate for all ages and modes of mobility. The route is clear for those using mobility devices and strollers. Email with any questions or concerns.


NEA logo: "National Endowment for the Arts" written in black over white background.

Fiscal 2024 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is on the line in Washington and the current bill reduces funding proposal is 10% below the 2023 levels. NEA budgets have a direct impact on the funding levels for the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Please urge your U.S. Representatives and Senators to pass increased appropriations (at least $211 million) for the NEA and NEH by using this Dance/USA action alert.


Call for performers poster with event information on the left and two performance photos on the right: one with  dancers raising their arms on a diagonal and another with a musician playing the cello.

The ladies of the Psi Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated are looking for performers for their annual Celebrating the Arts showcase that is taking place Saturday, September 16,  6-9 PM at Bridgewater State University. If you have a talent and would like to perform or know someone who would be interested, please reach out via email All ages are welcome.


"Boston Dance Studios" written in green and all caps over white background

Boston Dance Studios seeks Stage Manager for two performances (3:30 PM & 7:30 PM) on Saturday, August 19 at The Foundry in Cambridge. Availability needed on 8/18 from 5:00-10:00 PM & 8/19 1:00-9:00 PM — compensation starting at $15/hour (1099). If interested, please submit your resume to


As we anticipate this week of tap and many forms of percussive dance, we’re enjoying Ian Berg of Subject: Matter getting into an enthusiastic jazz groove.


Soak in summer dance opportunities as July turns to August, and save the date for the 2023 BDA Open Call Audition and Dancer Health Day on Sunday September 10!  Whether you’re a dancer participating in a day of master class enjoyment or are actively looking for 2023-2024 work with companies and dance projects, it’s going to be a great day of dancing. Details will be available soon.


Debra Cash, Executive Director