What’s Dance Got To Do With it? Everything.

June is just around the corner! Get your tickets to the dance community’s most anticipated annual celebration! Attend in person or join us online!




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Kids in red t-shirts and black pants dancing with one arm up and one arm bent in front of their chests.

Creativity is alive and well in the Boston Public Schools! BPS students present three jam-packed days of music, dance, and theatre performances at the  Citywide Arts FestivalWednesday, May 31-Friday, June 2, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston.


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Experience both rigor and relaxation at The Field Center in Chester, Vermont during a June Jam June 1-4. This classic Contact/Collective Improvisation Jam retreat with Mel Sarkor-Clinton and Ching-I Chang features live music, sunbathing, swimming, and food fresh from the garden.


Digital image of people gathering in a dark environment lit by multiple light blue strips of light.

Arts as Medicine: Where Do We Go From Here?, Swissnex Boston in collaboration with the IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research discusses the use of arts and culture as medical therapies and treatment, and the state of policy and research in the field on ThursdayJune 1, 2023 from 5:30-8:00 PM, at 420 Broadway, Cambridge.


Lynn Modell wearing a polka-dot dress sits and hols on to glasses with one hand just underneath the eye-line.

Known for her deft use of humor, Lynn Modell shares a collection of film and dance works that comment on everyday life through a lens of exaggeration and witticism. Throughout this interdisciplinary evening, audiences will be invited to examine rebellion, patience, self control, diet culture, challenging the status quo, and find humor in the mundane. Interesting Women will be at performed the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, on Thursday, June 1, 7:30 PM, Friday, June 2, 8:00 PM and Saturday, June 3, 3:00 & 8:00 PM.


Flamenco dancer hinges back and fans face wile keeping other hand on waist.

Enjoy three full days of art at the Salem Arts Festival! Experience folkloric dance, flamenco, “dance block” at Salem Old Town Hall and a cornucopia of dance styles and artists on the tiny dance stageJune 2-4 at and around the Salem Old Town Hall32 Derby Square, Salem.


"Sambanismo Seminar June 02, 03, 04" written over black background.

A three-day hiphop/house dance festival comes to Boston June 2-4! The Sambanismo Seminar: BOSTON  features world class dancers and educators for  workshops, hiphop and house dance battles, panel discussion, and parties! Teachers include: Shan S, Tony McGregor, Yugson Hawks, Edson Gonzaga, Super Dave, Kim Holmes and Sean Bjerke. It happens in a number of dance venues, so check the schedule and get ready to move!


"Rain or Shine" poster with overlapping photos of the company dancers outdoors gathered together.

Pantos Project Dance presents “Rain or Shine”, a company performance shared with their adult collective, the ensemble, and youth company, the MOVERS.  Kat Pantos takes the audience on a diverse exploration of human experiences through the seasons with an emphasis on technically-driven athletic movement, dynamic artistic choices, and connection. Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 8 PM at the Boston University Dance Theatre, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.


Critical Response Process Workshop poster with event information displayed in colorful text boxes over an image of people gathered sitting in a circle.

A special workshop on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process  with John Borstel and Catherine Stewart is designed for people  doing creative work or experiencing feedback. Saturday, June 3, 10 AM-5 PM at the Harvard Ed Portal.


Young ballerina facing the back and lifting one arm up with an open fan while the teacher corrects her hand position.

Early-career dancers from professional companies across the country return to the Boston area for a gala concert performance that marks the tenth anniversary of Koltun Ballet Boston (KBB), the award-winning dance school that set them on their career paths. Catch current and former students performing on Saturday, June 3, 3-5 PM, at the BU Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.


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Happy Pride Month! Joy Skate Productions welcomes you to join Be Here! Be YOU! for a celebratory skating and dancing “fun-raiser” for Fenway Health and a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Saturday, June 3, 6:00-9:30 PM at the The Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave, Norwood.


Mar Parilla and Fran de Paula in contact duet: Fran reaches arms under Mar's arms and touches Mar's face gently.

Fran de Paula and Mar Parrilla from Danza Orgánica perform their enigmatic duet, Pulso with live music by Josh Knowles Saturday, June 3, 6:30 PM at Integrarte, 87 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain. It’s free!


Tap dancer in bright pink costume bends one knee and extends other leg to the side while hinging towards extended leg with arms out wide.

Off Beat Tap Company presents “Mother Tongue”. With this creative new performance, Ryan P. Casey combines the rhythm of tap dance with the rhythm of female vocalists from around the world singing in their native languages. Saturday, June 3, 7 PM at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington.


Battleship Boogie poster with illustration of a couple dancing in front of a ship.

Join the Compaq Big Band and the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad in their 2nd Annual ‘Battleship Boogie’ just onshore on Saturday, June 3 at the Battleship Cove (5 Water Street, Fall River). An introductory swing dance lesson will happen from 7-8 PM, and the band plays 8-11 PM.  Vintage 40’s attire is encouraged. This event will be held weather permitting only – rain date is Saturday, June 24.


Two photos: on the left a dancer holds on to another's head with care; on the right two performers are outdoors and one of them is running towards the other.

Melissa Buckheit brings an interdisciplinary modern dance theatre project ECO : ANIMAL : KIN  to the Dance Complex. This work uses recorded sound & text-scape, interdisciplinary collaborative film, live dance, and dance film to create an immersive narrative and visual movement performance. Buckheit explores  the relationships between human animals and other living creatures, the living earth, and considers time, energy, place, the past/future and social mores.Saturday, June 3, 8 PM and Sunday, June 4, 7 PM.


Dancers in yellow turtlenecks and black pants reach one arm up and slightly hinge sideways.

Join Nailah Randall-Bellinger and dancers of RootsUprising in two free public events. On Sunday, June 4, 12-5 PM participate in “Into the Roots” workshop at St. Augustine African Orthodox Christian Church, 137 Allston St., Cambridge. This is a community conversation and acknowledgement and celebration of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) residents of Cambridge. At 7 PM catch the performance “Who We Say We Are” at Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge which is a choreographic multimedia project on citizenship, identity, and belonging.


Multiple women-presenting dancers of many different ages in colorful long dresses holding the edges of their dresses up.

Somerville’s Carnaval is back again for the 13th year! Entertainment  includes performances from Esh Circus, Grooversity, capoeira and more! Bring the family for Touch a Truck, Let’s Get Truckin’, Somervile Youth Soccer and other activities. Sunday, June 4, 2-6 PM, at Broadway & other main streets of Somerville, MA.


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Arabic Music is back with Nassim MusicBand at the Middle East Restaurant & Night Club in Cambridge. The show Sunday, June 4, 3:30-7:00 PM features the Christine Shadia Tohme & Soumaya Marose students, Chantal Souffra & Soumaya MaRose & Lionesses El Atlas and you are invited to dance along.


Circé written in white over a blue body of water.

Be captivated by elegant Baroque dance directed by Melinda Sullivan as Circe, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, comes to life in a fully staged opera production that is the centerpiece of the Boston Early Music Festival Sundays, June 4 & 11, 3:30 PM, Wednesday, June 7, & Friday, June 9, 7 PM at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston.


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LAST CALL to apply for Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts season-long Boston Dancemakers Residency or for the six-month-long BCA  Dance Lab.  Apply todayBoth applications are due on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 by 9 AM.


Kinetic Synergy audition poster with photo of a dancer twsiting upper body while holding on to a long skirt.

Audition for Kinetic Synergy Dance Company, based in both Norwell and Rhode Island, at their Massachusetts audition.  Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 PM. Email ksdc.director@gmail.com for more information.


Photo of many dancers in a street with hiring information displayed in text boxes.

The Dance Complex is hiring!  Operations Director is responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of the organization, making sure that The Dance Complex runs smoothly, efficiently and safely. Lead Reception Associate is an outgoing person charged with sustaining a successful engagement experience for all who use The Dance Complex.  TTDC is also seeking 3 – 4 associates to work on various projects now through summer, and potentially beyond. See postings for further details.


Dancers on a dim-lit stage and a galactic background projected. One of the dancers jumps with one leg bent and the other straight down.

Young artists (ages 15-18) are invited to apply to YoungArts for monetary prizes, lifelong mentorship and referral to top notch higher education programs. Young artists can apply in 10 different disciplines, including dance.


Great Gatsby poster with golden sparkles on the upper left corner.

Marblehead Little Theatre is seeking 2-3 male dancers (between 20-40) who sing to fill out their ensemble (with possible small role) for their production of The Great Gatsby. Rehearsals have begun so they’re looking to move quickly! It is a community theater, non-union, unpaid position.


Trying to decide what kind of dance is best for the kids in your life this summer?
BDA Executive Director Debra Cash recently offered some pointers.


Ballet dancer on pointe, in a black leotard and a long white tutu faces the back and lifts one arm up while elongating the other down.

Join Northeast Arts for their Adult Summer Intensive and learn ballet variations and contemporary jazz from guest teachers Patrick Yocum, Gianni di Marco and Emily Entingh and resident teachers Avery Saulnier de Reyes and Victoria Kickham. There’s also an optional performance opportunity. In addition, Jane Bieber – Physical Therapist and life-long dancer – will teach workshops on body care for the adult dancer. Sessions run from July 31-August 4 and August 7-August 11 from 10 AM-2 PM. Sign up for one or both sessions. Saturday open class is included.


"Summer" written in neon red and "Dance" written in burgundy.

Join The Gold School for a series of Summer Intensives and CampsJune through August, ages 1.5 through 20 are welcome to the studios to explore movement, take classes and have fun!


Two BDT dancers facing the back. One, more lit, bends arms forming a wave-like shape.

Apply to be a part of BDT’s annual Summer Immersion Project (SIP). The project runs from August 28-September 1, at the Foundry, 101 Rogers St, Cambridge. Additionally, BDT will be holding an OPEN CALL Company Audition on the final day of SIP, September 1, at 9:30 AM. Join for one or BOTH of these summer opportunities. Register by July 24, 11:59 PM.


Tina Turner’s combination of energy, beauty, and sheer determination was unique, but we can remain inspired by her example as both an artist and a person.

A fan made a compilation of some of her greatest dance moves!
May she rest in power.



We hope that the Memorial Day weekend gave you a chance to catch your breath and remember what’s most important in your life and that of our community!

BDA’s great community gala is coming up on June 15 and you’re invited! Get your tickets today to attend in person or join us online and please share our invitation with your friends and on social media.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Debra Cash, Executive Director