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Boston Dancemakers Residency

Applications for the 2023-2024 season closed on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 9am.

Watch the 2022 recorded info-session in which Andrea Blesso, Director of Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts at Boston Center for the Arts and Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance give an overview and answer questions about the Boston Dancemakers Residency.

Watch the virtual information session about the Boston Dancemakers Residency here:

The Boston Dancemakers Residency supports Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt, or reinvent their creative process. Produced through a partnership between Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and needed dedicated time and space to be fully realized. 

Designed to promote artistic growth and the development of original ensemble work, dancemakers will be offered support for research, development, rehearsal, financial and production phases of their project. Resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, dancemaker and collaborator stipends, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers.

The residency must be used to develop new work and the majority of rehearsal time should be dedicated to the proposed project. BCA and BDA encourage dancemakers to take risks, invest time and focus in working with their dancers, build the skills to develop and advance original ensemble work, and dive deeply into their creative process.


Current Residents

Past Residents


Two Boston-area dancemakers will be invited to participate in the residency program through an annual call for proposals. This program is open to a range of dance genres and movement-based artists. We welcome applications from choreographers based in the Greater Boston area (within route 495). Artists of color, artists whose original work is based on culturally specific dance forms, and those working in non-proscenium formats are encouraged to apply. 


The Boston Dancemakers Residency is made possible with support from the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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