Salsa y Control offers an in-person Freestyle Basics and Exploration workshop in Allston Monday, October 17 6:30-8:30 PM along with ongoing classes starting this week in Cambridge and Allston.
Jacob Jonas’ Films.dance digital platform is back with 5 new works made for camera premiering every Monday. From Monday, October 17- Monday, November 14.
Voces Hispánicas, in conjunction with Alicia Borinsky’s BU course on Tango & Urban Culture will be hosting a tango featuring: Héctor del Curto, Anita Flejter & Hernan Brizuela (Ultimate Tango), Alfredo Gómez, and Claudio Ragazzi (Berklee College of Music). Free, Tuesday, October 18, 6-8 PM at 255 Bay State Road.
Spotlight on Dance Professionals Across the Country: Moving Forward in 2022-23. After 2+ years of COVID, how are dancers managing around the country? What lessons have been learned about making dance more inclusive and equitable, and what is the impact are they having on local, regional and national culture and communities? What are the ever-evolving realities of how and where dance is learned, made, presented and seen? Online panel Wednesday, October 19, 2:00-3:30 PM
Assets for Artists presents Resource Mapping for Individual Artists workshop w/ Ana ‘Masacote’ Tinajero. In this workshop, participants will identify resources already at their disposal and outline the pathways to reach their goals. Open to artists across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. If you’re unable to attend the live session, register via Zoom for the archived version. Wednesday, October 19, 2-4 PM.
Hybrid Dance Culture Lab Dancer, choreographer, curator, and dance educator Amy O’Neal will present her choreographic process in dance hybridization. She will discuss the ways in which it is developing into a new platform for curation, creation, and education that centers artists from the hip hop and street dance community. Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 PM at SOCH Hilles Cinema, 59 Shepard St., Cambridge.
Free Medford Library Hustle Workshop with Dance Caliente
Learn to dance The Hustle and travel back in time to John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, when disco reigned supreme. Wednesday, October 19, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library.
Kieran Jordan dances with traditional Irish musicians Laurel Martin, Jim Prendergast, and Mark Roberts Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM at Gore Place in Waltham.
Boston choreographer Rachel Linsky wants future generations to understand the Holocaust by knowing its survivors’ stories. In the past three years she has developed ZACHOR, a series intended to engender empathy through movement. Hidden tells the story of Aaron Elster who at 10 was hidden for two years in the attic of a Polish family. Linsky and her dancers are working with Elster’s son, Steven, to keep his testimony alive. Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 at 7 PM, Saturday, October 22 at 6 PM at Boston Center for the Arts.
The Tango Society of Boston continues to celebrate their 25th anniversary season with “Celebrando Tango: Musica y Cultura” October 20-23 and special guests Marco Pereira & Florencia Borgnia & Martin Almiron. Discounts apply through October 19. This is not a role-balanced event so open to everyone, single or couple. Vaccination required!
The New York-based Liz Gerring Dance Company debuts Harbor, a world premiere evening-length performance artfully combining movement, live music, and poetic illumination. Featuring a newly commissioned string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Gerring’s dancers are joined live onstage by the intrepid JACK Quartet. At the ICA, Friday, October 21 – Saturday, October 22 at 8 PM.
Call of Courage features choreography set to powerful stories of perseverance from Boston’s youth. The collaboration features Urbanity, Boston Arts Academy Dance Program Students, and Brighter Boston students. . Original sound score by local composer Rob Hyde centers voices and writings from “The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum. Students and teachers can join for a free 12 PM showing while the general public can purchase tickets for the 6 PM showing. Friday, October 21, 12 PM & 6 PM at Roxbury Community College.
Twist & Shout! An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word & Music presented by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center Saturday October 22 8 -10 PM at Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. OrigiNation is celebrating its 28th anniversary with performances by their professional dance division and special guests NIA Dance Troupe alumni. Trailblazers honored are Julia Mejia, Imari Paris Jeffries, Sarita Allen, and Courtney Cfrmtheb Boston, and event is hosted by MCC’s Michael J. Bobbitt.
Queer-only online Irish dance workshop with Jo Troll happens Saturday, October 22 from 1:30-2:45 PM and you can use the registration page to sign up for alerts for upcoming events, too.
Shamel Pitts’ TRIBE performs Touch of Red, a world premiere co-presented by Jacob’s Pillow and MassMoCA. Reimaging the boxing ring from a space of duels to one of duets, Touch of RED challenges how we think about male vulnerability, utilizing projection, animation, and lighting to create an immersive world. Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at 8 PM at MassMoCA. The Saturday performance will be followed by an artist talk back with Shamel Pitts and Jacob’s Pillow’s Melanie George, Associate Curator and Director of Artistic Initiatives.
Alexandra Beller visits The Dance Complex for Bartenieff Fundamentals for Dancers. Bartenieff Fundamentals was developed by Irmgard Bartenieff and is a set of principles for corrective movement. Alexandra, a somatic practitioner in multiple modalities for over 20 years, will provide insight into embodiment and creative practice Saturday, October 22, 1:00-2:30 PM, at Complex@Canal, 650 E Kendall St., Cambridge.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre hosts its Open House for the Cambridge location this Saturday, October 22, 2:00-3:30 PM. Join for free classes and a performance by YouthWorks.
Fuego y Candela Salsa Social is open to all salsa dancers, from beginners to experienced veterans. To those who haven’t danced in a while, come on out and put those dance shoes back into practice. And to those who simply want to indulge in a night of salsa, mambo, and guaguanco, this is for you as well!
Boston Dancemakers Residency Showcase Kimberleigh A. Holman: Common Circus is now available to watch online for free until October 25! Experience Kimberleigh’s a three-ring exploration of the mundane, in which common tasks and notions are shown through a lens of performance and spectacle. From taking out the trash to existential dread, audiences are invited to notice and celebrate the mundane and ritualized bits of their own lives.
Applications for this year’s Boston Cultural Council grant program are due MONDAY October 17 at 11:59 PM Grants of up to $5,000 are available for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in Boston’s neighborhoods. Grant amounts are on a sliding scale to promote cultural equity, with organizations with the smallest annual budgets being eligible for the largest amount of funding.
Lawrence Art Collective is currently accepting applications for their Social Practice Artist Residency to be held between January and June 2023. They are seeking artists living and working within a 25-mile radius of Lawrence, MA whose work predominantly is community-based and/or participatory in nature. Artists will receive studio space, collaboration opportunities,a $6000 stipend, and a $3500 project budget.
Newton Community Pride’s Fall 2022 Community Micro Grant application is now OPEN! This program is available for creatives, organizations, non-profits, area councils & neighborhood groups whose events, beautification, or service projects that will occur on or before June 30, 2023. Grants range from $300 to $1,500. Applicants need to be either a Newton resident or the event/project needs to occur in the City of Newton. Application closes on November 1.
The grant deadline for the Arts and Business Council’s Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship has been extended. Applications are now due November 1st.
Following the Boston engagement of Step Afrika, we thought it would be nice to share a brief history of the art of stepping from Briana Ashley Stuart.
Enjoy the glowing fall colors.
Debra Cash, Executive Director