The Sun Shines on June Dance, June 21, 2021

The Roxbury International Film Festival screens its award-winning experience, Together – Six Feet Apart with the Local Voices Rise short film program. This 23-minute film series advances a deeper understanding of racial trauma through screenings followed by discussions, making space for empathy to heal division. The free online premiere will screen with a live discussion on Monday, June 21st at 4:30 pm and will be avilable to view from 10 am on June 21 through 12 am on June 23.

Get your groove on at the Donna Summer Disco Party, honoring five-time Grammy winner and Boston native, Donna Summer! The party will include performances by members of Donna Summer’s family and DJ Vince 1. This free, family-friendly event is on Thursday, June 24th, from 6-9 pm in Copley Square.

Laura Sánchez Flamenco Co. will perform in a Live Flamenco Show at Starlight  on Thursday, June 24th, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Celebrate being back together with special guest dancers and musicians. Food and drinks available after the show. Free but registration required.

Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is bringing its site-specific production, Ouvèti, to Seven Hill’s Park in Somerville. Appolon’s latest work in development portrays isolation, fear, and ultimately hope and connection that people experiencing trauma might cycle through. Two performances on Saturday, June 26th, at 5 pm and 7 pm, both are free and include a discussion and Q+A.

Karen Bray and Dancers will perform a series of outdoor dances at the Fig Newton Garden Theater in Newton Center. Presented by Newton Open Studios, the free performances will happen at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 26th.

Forty Steps Dance is hosting their 2021 Annual Concert outside at Bailey’s Hill, Nahant, MA. The performance will include new work, resurrection of past pieces, guest artists, and live musicians. You can attend for free at either the 4 pm or 7 pm performance on Saturday, June 26th.

FirstWorks Live – Music at Roger Williams Park presents Napua O’ Polynesia, a cultural tour of the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii and New Zealand, then on to Tahiti and the Philippines. Free performance on Sunday, June 27th, at 5 pm at the Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island.

BDA Dance and Disability Cohort participant, Lida Winfield, and Christal Brown, are soon performing their new duet, Same But Different. The piece explores the similarities and differences between Christal and Lida in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender. See the performance at either 5 pm or 7 pm on Friday, June 25th at the Yard’s open air studio.

Participate in International Dance and Music Sessions at the Folk Arts Center and Pinewoods Camp from Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1. The FolkDays session will include Turkish dancer, Ahmet Lüleci, The Pinewoods Band, The Flying Squirrel Orchestra, and possibly you?!

Dance/USA is partnering with @BeAnArtsHero for Dance Industry Unite. ⁠Sign the open industry letter to the Biden-Harris administration, or share campaign graphics to advocate for continued economic relief, recovery, and representation for the dance field.


Pantos Project Dance Ensemble is hosting auditions to join October 2021-May 2022. Apply online here and then either attend the Pantos Project Dance’s Call for Dancers at Mass Motion Dance at 11:30 am, June 26th, or apply via video

Check out MATCH, one of the recent dance films produced by Jacob Jonas The Company as part of their initiative, a global platform and creative studio for dance!


Enjoy the sunshine of late June and the buzz of a safe reopening!