Open Rehearsal of Wendy Jehlen (photos: Andrea Blesso)

Dance Lab

Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 season.

Applications will open for 2024-2025 season in the spring of 2024.

In addition to our now established year-long Boston Dancemakers Residency program, Boston Center for the Arts has added a layer of artistic development in the form of our Dance Lab to further broaden support for more local dancers and dancemakers.

This residency offers choreographers and dancers the opportunity to further research and revise works that address pressing issues and reflections on humanity. Through a series of open rehearsals, the artists create a feedback loop with mentors and those impacted or involved in the addressed topic.

Dance Lab at BCA supports a handful of dance-based artists to continue to explore and develop existing work through the lens of process extending beyond the initial premiere of a work. Resources such as rehearsal space, industry advocacy, and dramaturgical support will be tailored for each dancemaker’s needs and point of their artistic arc.

The current 2022-2023 season of Dance Lab supported artists to further work focused on climate change, physics, emotions attached to simple human tasks and the ever-shifting landscape of love, featuring work from Audrey MacLean, Laila Franklin, and Wendy Jehlen. Throughout their time on BCA’s campus, each dancemaker will invite guests and colleagues to share feedback on their work through a series of studio visits and open rehearsals.

View the virtual information session about Dance Lab here:

If you would like to be involved in the feedback loop or learn more about the program, please contact Andrea Blesso, Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts.


Applications are due on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 by 9am.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 2023.

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 with disabilities, artists whose original work is based on culturally specific dance forms, and those working in non-proscenium formats are encouraged to apply.

Current Residents

Past Residents


The BCA Dance Lab is made possible in part through the support of the Liberty Mutual Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.