Tap, Theremin and Time to Dance!

Boston Dance Alliance Gala Auction poster with multiple orange, peach and blue triangles stacked together.

Have you checked out this year’s BDA Gala Auction? Get a head start and place your bid! Choose from 5 sets of tickets, 10 different experiences and so much more! Whether you need to wind down with a massage or a wine tasting, or you want to move your body in Gaga or in pilates, our auction has something for everyone! And your winning bid helps raise up dance across out community! Check back often as we will continue to add special offers through the next four weeks!


collage of two dim performance photos: on the left, a dancer sits on one hip and leans on forearm while lifting both legs up; on the right, dancer in a deep lunge holds on to large stick behind neck and extends arms..

Congratulations to National Dance Project (NDP) finalists from the region:

little house dance | Portland, ME
Christal Brown/INSPIRIT | Middlebury, VT
20 projects will receive an NDP Production Grant. Any finalist that does not receive an NDP grant still receives $10,000 in unrestricted funding from NEFA.
Congratulations to Asian American Ballet Project for its appearance on Good Morning America this past week! Watch the whole feature and learn more about what’s coming up for them this summer!
Black and white image of Neil standing with one hand at one of the Jacob's Pillow's doors.
The entire Jacob’s Pillow community mourns Neil Chrisman‘s passing on May 11, 2023 and extends sympathy and love to his adored wife Kathleen and other family members. Neil signed on to the Board of Trustees at Jacob’s Pillow in 1992, and stayed involved for over 30 years. More details on the extraordinary life and legacy of Neil Chrisman may be found in this online obituary.
Citywide forum poster with a blue background and information in white.
Participate in a city-wide forum to discuss the Somerville Cultural Capacity Plan. Help city workers and ambassadors prioritize issues to explore in working groups this summer. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, May 23, 6-8 PM at  Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, 1st floor.
Entertainment Community Fund logo with illustration of two stage lights crossing, one blue and one purple.

Once a dancer, always a dancer! Join a virtual career panel from the Entertainment Community Fund, Dancers on the Move: Transitions to New Careers Wednesday, May 24, 2 PM.  Professional dancers who have developed new careers beyond performance will discuss

  • ·  Why did they decide to transition from dance to a new career?
  • ·  How did they explore and develop new career goals and manage their transition?
  • ·  How has their dance training and experience impacted their work/success?
  • ·  What are the challenges of studying and working in their new fields?


Photo of Taja Will in a printed top leaning sideways and holding on to some plants behind them.

Join Taja Will in Cosmologies of Creation. Span practices of ceremony, ritual, dance improvisation, design-centered world making, creative writing and conversations around past, present, and future artistic culture building. Thursday, May 25 – Monday, May 29, at The Field Center, 61 Williams Rd., Chester, VT.


Three photos of Boston Ballet dancers in nude tight undergarments: from left to right a photo of a dancer holding a rose, photo of two dancers partnering (one kneeling holding the other who is lifting leg towards the ceiling), photo of dancers jumping with legs straight on a low diagonal.

See Princess Aurora and Prince Desire conquer the wicked fairy Carabosse with the power of true love’s kiss as Boston Ballet‘s dancers perform elegant choreography accompanied by a soaring score and sumptuous sets and costumes. Step into the fairytale world of The Sleeping Beauty, on stage May 25-June 4.


Salsa in the Park poster with photos from previous events with multiple people dancing.

MetaMovements is hosting Salsa In The Park at the Blackstone Elementary School yard in the South End! Mark your calendars to participate Thursday, May 25, 6-9 PM  Free and open to the community!


Two dancers in dresses interlock arms while one arches back and the other presses other hand into their back.

Experience “Stray Bird” featuring the New Chamber Ballet and Momenta String Quartet Thursday, May 25, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston.  Choreographer and composer Miro Magloire combines contemporary dance and music in a tribute to composer Ursula Mamlok. Mamlok was born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1923, and by her early teens was a precocious talent on her way to becoming a composer. Then Germany descended into Nazi oppression, and in 1938, when Mamlok was 16, she and her parents made a last-minute escape to Ecuador. Free, but registration requested.


Brenda Bufalino in a white and black suit jacket over a black costume performing on stage with arms open wide.

One performance only! Legendary and beloved tap dancer Brenda Bufalino presents  “BLUE HERON FLIES and it startles me out of my slumber” an evening of original music, poetry, solo improvisation, and jazz standards. Longtime collaborators Paul Arslanian and Joe Fonda will accompany her on piano and bass. Thursday, May 25, 7 PM at the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA.



Dancers standing in two diagonal lines forming a V shape extend their arms towards the center while one dancer stands in center with arms elevated as if conducting an orchestra.

Directed and choreographed by Jessi StegallThe Theremin Vignettes is an evening-length dance-theatre production set to and inspired by the music and life of thereminist Clara Rockmore.  Rockmore, a Lithuanian-Jewish woman and music virtuoso, remains under-recognized for her immense contribution to electronic music. The Theremin Vignettes is an ode to Clara and her beautifully bizarre music. This special showcase is the culmination of Jessi Stegall’s Boston Dancemakers Residency, a partnership between BDA and Boston Center for the Arts. Thursday, May 25, 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday, May 26 & 27, 8 PM and Sunday, May 28, 4 PM at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St, Boston. Watch it virtually on Friday, June 2 for free and get 7 days of access.


Collage of photos from previous JP Porchfest events.

Sign up to perform at JP Porchfest by June 30 for this August 19 festival! Music, dance, theater, and more is welcome. They can’t wait to have you!


Audition notice with bright red circle centered over grey and white striped background with photo of Eliza pulling hair and wearing a red clown-like nose.

Eliza Malecki is seeking 4 dancers for a dance fashion show taking place on August 26. The show will be a private event celebrating the launch of a beauty brand. Dancers and models will create a cohesive ~20 minute long movement experience showcasing garments (by a local designer TBA!), movement, and beautiful  makeup. Applications are due Sunday, May 28 at 5 PM. In person audition is Thursday, June 1 from 6-8 PM. For more information, email elizamalecki@gmail.com.


“If communities had Dance Courts–like basketball courts–how would that change social life?” Reimagine our dance ecology with community and The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI).  The two day training happens June 10th + 11th, 11am – 5pm, 2023 (delicious meals provided). Applicants must attend both days of the training.  Apply here by Wednesday May 24. You do not have to be a Boston resident.


Dance for World Community Festival poster with call for dance artists information over yellow background.

Apply to be a part of the 4th Annual Dance for World Community Festival next fall. The Harvard Square Festival brings together dance artists, activists and enthusiasts to celebrate and raise awareness about local and global issues. Early Application Deadline June 20. Early Acceptance Notified by July 10. Final Application Deadline August 7. Final Acceptance Notified by August 14.


Boston Bhangra team in costume on stage in a deep bend of knees and reaching arms forward.

Boston Bhangra is having tryouts for their senior and junior Boston Bhangra teams. Bhangra is an energetic folk dance based out Punjab region of India, a fusion of hip hop and cheerleading with a folk twist. The tryout is open to all, free and done entirely online! Fill out a form, include the video by June 16 and applicants will be provided the link for the tryout video on June 18. Practices are in person every Sunday from 3-4 PM, in Allston, MA, starting July 9. Questions?  Contact info@bostonbhangra.com or call 617-448-2508.


Casting Call poster with event promotional image.

Impulse Talent Group seeks energetic and enthusiastic people between the ages of 18-40 and at least 5’4” in height to act as Flag Bearers for the Lions Club International Opening Ceremony. A background in dance, cheerleading, marching band, or color guard is a plus! Must be able to learn and remember simple walking patterns while carrying a flag. The ceremony on show day will last about 45 minutes. If interested, please send headshot or photo, resume, height, and T-Shirt Size to jadonohoo@gmail.com with Lions Club Flag Bearer in the Subject Line. Rehearsal Date: July 7, 1:00-5:00 PM Show Date: July 9, 8:30-11:00 AM at Boston Convention Center.


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Join the International Sessions at Pinewoods Camp. Learn Romanian dance from Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu and Sean Nós and Mexican dance from Jacob Madsen. Choose  the Weekend Session Thursday, June 22 – Monday, June 26,  the FolkDays Session running Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29, or both!


Kids/Teens Salsa program poster with photo of empty dance studio.Registration for the summer Young Dancers Program at Salsa y Control Dance Studio in Allston is now open! The program runs on Sundays between June 4 and  August 27. Kids’ (ages 4-12) classes are at 10 AM and Teens’ (13-17) are at 11 AM.


"Cultural Equity Learning Community" written in white over an orange background.

Register for Arts Connect International’s Cultural Equity Learning Community: Summer 2023 Cohort starting on August 1.
The Cultural Equity Learning Community (CELC) is a two-unit, 12 session, asynchronous anti-racism course with wrap-around supports open to arts and culture leaders committed to building intersectional racial equity. Register by July 19 or before 300 participants join!


Just try not to dance along with this charming and confident young artist!


The rich variety of dance across our community always refreshes! Get out to watch, to participate, to celebrate!

The clock is ticking down to our June 15 gala, so get your tickets now and bring a friend. You’ll be glad you did!

Best wishes,

Debra Cash, Executive Director