Sun and Solidarity

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We’re delighted that the FY23 spending plan for the Mass Cultural Council was approved at the highest level of investment since 1987 — $85.1 million that will support the arts and humanities throughout the Commonwealth. Applications for grants made through your local cultural council open early in September, with deadlines in October.



Ms. Abby stretches a young dancer's back bend while in a wheelchair.

Abby Lee Miller from the reality show Dance Moms will teach master classes, a TikTok dance, conduct a live audition, and answer questions during two days full of dance, acrobatics, creativity, and fun. Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 10 AM-5 PM at Boston Rhythmic, Westborough.


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Join South Shore Ballet Theatre’s Open House Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 3-6 PM in Hingham with open class for ages 7 and up.

  • Boys’ Scholarship Audition 4-5 PM
  • Community Dancer Nutcracker Auditions 5-6 PM


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Jean Appolon Expressions hosts a free virtual discussion Tuesday August 30 5:30-7 PM  with award-winning Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat discussing how JAE brings hope, healing, and connection by sharing the liberating power of Haitian Folkloric Dance. They will discuss the 16th annual Summer Dance Institute and JAE’s ongoing work to support creative expression among youth through movement.


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Labor Day Weekend is a late-summer chance to enjoy the lovely ponds and forests of Pinewoods Camp and participate in a relaxed schedule of classes and events, including English, American, and International dancing, music classes, plus additional staff- and camper-led workshops, and activities. Dance sessions will be led by Lisa Greenleaf (American), Joanna Reiner Wilkinson (English), and Marcie Van Cleave (International). Friday, September 2-Tuesday, September 6.


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Aún Los Gallos Lloran (Even Roosters Cry) Armando Cortés activates his installation Castillos—on view in the exhibition Ceramics in the Expanded Field— with a performance exploring his Mexican roots, using the traditional sport of cockfighting as a metaphor for the rituals of masculine bravado and the relationships between men. Saturday, September 3 & Sunday, September 4, 2 PM at Mass MoCA in North Adams.


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Subject: Matter tap dancer Jackson Clayton will be leading an Intermediate/Advanced class at the Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center. Saturday, September 3, 3:00-4:30 PM.


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BOMBAntillana, drawing from the West African (Bantu) and Taino (Indigenous) experience with enslavement enforced on the island of Puerto Rico is one of a many family-friendly dance, music and puppetry performances during the 38th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival on Labor Day, Monday September 5 in Lawrence.


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Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer Jorma Elo has created a new dance video
called Memory Palace that features principal dancers Viktorina Kapitonova and Tigran Mkrtchyan.


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Do you want to help artists and arts organizations in Boston thrive? Apply to the Boston Cultural Council to take part in awarding grants that support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming. You must be a Boston resident.


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The Dance Complex continues to respond to needs expressed by community members during the pandemic. Apply for their Learning to Walk the Talk/Reflection, Healing & Movement series where artists will be compensated roughly $100 per hour commitment or the DIY Platform, which provides and an 80/20 box office split in favor of the artist. To nominate an artist — including yourself– or topic for a series session, please contact Nikki at with the subject line “Complex Series 2022-23.”  Apply here.


Photo of ballerina in back attitude sculpture in front of José Mateo's headquartersJosé Mateo Ballet Theatre offers a robust Work Study program that allows volunteers to earn free ballet classes in exchange for working at the front desk and assisting with small jobs around the office. Applications now open!



Dancers on stage have torches with flames on both hands as the audience watches

The Somerville Arts Council Ignite Festival 2022 brings you an evening of international eats, fire throwers, roving entertainment, and a raucous celebration of global culture.  Somerville Arts Council is issuing an open call to artists working in various genres. Deadline to apply is Monday, September 12.



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The Snowden International High School is adding a full-time dance teacher who is highly qualified and knowledgeable to join our community of teachers, learners and leaders. This is an exciting opportunity for teachers who desire to serve where their efforts matter.


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Boch Center’s Education Department is seeking energetic, creative Teaching Artists to lead elementary arts integration residencies as part of its In-School Arts Residency Program. Teaching Artists will conduct classroom sessions integrating literacy, social/emotional wellness, and performing arts for ten weeks in a Boston Public School.


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Teaching Artistry for Social Impact, ITAC’s first original online course, is open! This course will lead you through rigorous, teaching artist-centered methods and will support you as you develop that passion project you’ve been putting off. Join ITAC to develop a strategic approach to project design and delivery (including logic models, stakeholder mapping, empathy mapping, embedded assessment and more).


Woman in mask, black jumpsuit and white sneakers jumps rope in a leafy park near an underpass.

Lindsey Jones created a “Jump Rope Club” during the pandemic and John Heginbotham choreographed this “caprice” to violinist Colin Jacobsen’s performance with editing by Maile Okamura.


Mark your calendars for the 2022 Boston Dance Alliance Open Call Audition and Dancer Health Day at Mass Motion in Brighton on Sunday September 25!  It will be a great day of learning, health and community building! Registration opens soon.

And check out BDA’s calendar of grants and residencies to begin thinking about finding support for your creative efforts.

As we approach Labor Day, we honor those who worked — and continue to work — for humane working conditions and living wages across all sectors of the economy, including arts and culture!

Pro/Motion will return to your in-box again on Tuesday, September 6. Thank you for being a part of the BDA community!

In solidarity,

Debra Cash, Executive Director