Photo by Kris Nevaeh, Courtesy of VLA Dance.

Boston Dancemakers Residency

Call for Applications 2021–2022 Season
Application deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021 by 5pm


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 need 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



  • Lead artists must be residents of the Boston metropolitan area (within route 495).
  • Ensemble/company must include a minimum of three local dancers. 
  • Choreographer must have created original work for a minimum of four years and have presented the equivalent of one full evening (60 minutes) of their work within the past two years. Dance made for camera are accepted.
  • Students enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs in any field are not eligible. 
  • Artists enrolled in New England Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Dance Development Initiative are not eligible. 
  • Once awarded a Boston Dancemakers Residency, artists must wait at least three full years before reapplying for the program.
  • Applicants must be current BDA members at the time of application and throughout the residency period.


Current Residents

Jenna Pollack

Victoria Awkward


Dancemakers Residency Details


The Boston Dancemakers Residency is made possible with support from the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation.


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