This page is dedicated to the people, studios, and businesses in the Boston and New England area that help promote dance and movement arts- to those who make The Dance Complex the special place it is.
Doppelgänger Dance Collective
Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson of Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) are thrilled to be named Artists in Residence for the 2016-2017 season at the Dance Complex. As this is the Dance Complex’s 25th Anniversary Season, DDC is honored to have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, and facilitate master classes and workshops within this momentous season. This fruitful relationship will provide Baryshnikov and Davidson the opportunity to serve the greater Boston dance community as performers, producers, and educators and grow Doppelgänger Dance Collective’s regional and national recognition.
The Dance Complex and Green Street Studios, long-standing artist-lead organizations dedicated to the region’s dance field, and both under recently-appointed new leadership, have made a conscious effort to hold hands while dancing and will embark on collaborations that help benefit the region’s dance. This Master Class and Dance Dialogue extend this holding of hands among four organizations. The Dance Complex and Green Street Studios welcome Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and The Institute of Contemporary Art, who contribute greatly to both audiences and practitioners in dance, to our effort for these events.
Green St Studios
Come to GSS and feel the connection to the human experience through the powerful mediums of dance, movement & theater. We have multiple projects that we collaborate on with our Cambridge neighbor. See our upcomming Dance Around A Square: A Holding Hands Event
The Institute of Contemporary Art
The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.
The primary activities of the ICA are threefold:
- To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences
- To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making
- To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture
Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy
Concord Academy engages its students in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust.
As a prelude to performances of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group in March at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and through the sponsorship of Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy, The Dance Complex and Green Street Studios welcomed Mr. Wilson and company members to a Master Class, followed by a Dance Dialogue, held at their neighboring arts centers in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, on February 28, 2015.
Boston Dance Alliance
BOSTON DANCE ALLIANCE builds capacity for dance by identifying and creating shared resources, information, and productive partnerships to help dance flourish across the Boston metropolitan area and New England region. BDA strives to increase cultural equity and access to dance for diverse communities, build dance audiences, and promote quality and sustainability. Boston Dance Alliance’s services to our members and the broader dance community include a rentable, portable sprung wood floor, enabling dancers to present their work safely in any setting; an annual Dancewear Distribution initiative that provides shoes and clothing to financially disadvantaged dancers of all; ages; an annual Open Call Audition that attracts dancers and choreographers across a variety of genres; access to affordable rehearsal space for choreographers at the Lyric Stage; fiscal sponsorship to aid unincorporated companies and dance projects in raising funds to support work that furthers BDA’s charitable mission; the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship; access to a high-quality HD video camera so that artists can document their work; professional development consulting and workshops; information, referrals, and advocacy for dancers with disabilities; and the region’s most comprehensive dance calendar of performances, classes, workshops and auditions, with member discounts on dancewear, health and wellness services and more.
Boston Dance Alliance’s mission is to “support and promote the health and development of the Greater Boston dance community, seeking to improve our working environment, increase our visibility, promote understanding of dance as an art form, build audiences, and encourage dialogue and cooperation within the dance community.” We formed in 1985 in response to the need for more services and visibility for the Boston dance community. Our members receive bi-monthly newsletters, an annual directory of members, discounted tickets to member performances and services, marketing tools, website privileges, and access to our resource center at Boston Ballet.
Dance Action Network was started in April of 2001 for the purpose of bringing the Boston area dance community together to share information. It is a community network of choreographers, performers, teachers, media and cultural leaders and others interested in the well being of Dance in Boston. Members can post performance announcements, teaching and performing opportunities, political actions and other items of interest to those involved in dance in the greater Boston area. To subscribe to the listserve send a blank email to: [email protected] BDA does not control or moderate DAN.
CityStep began over twenty years ago when Sabrina Peck ’84 took a troupe of fellow Harvard students into the Graham and Parks elementary school to perform excerpts of “Citystep,” an original, evening-length dance theater work Peck had created on campus. The production, about the interweaving lives of 10 characters in a city told entirely through dance, had been a popular sensation on campus, performed at Sanders Theater and the ART, and brought together a diverse group of actors, dancers, composers and musicians. At the Graham and Parks school assembly, Peck watched the riveted, energized faces of the children in the audience (see photo) and had the idea to bring kids up onstage so they could experience for themselves the power of dance to express emotion and ideas. She led the young participants in dance theater exercises which culminated in a short dance about conflict, performed at the end of the assembly to the delight of teachers and peers. Now, In a unique collaboration between Harvard students and the Cambridge community, CityStep, a Harvard undergraduate organization, combines the spirit of public service with the performing arts. CityStep enriches the educational experience of Cambridge public school fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students through a curriculum of dance and other creative activities. By introducing students to the performing arts as a medium for self-expression, an outlet for creativity, and as a means to enhance self-confidence and a sense of community, CityStep gives the Cambridge students a meaningful educational experience. For more info: hu.citystep.org or to contact: [email protected]
Beyond the 4th Wall Expression Theater
Beyond the 4th Wall Expression Theater is an organization that is dedicated to bringing out the creativity in everyone. Beyond the 4th Wall works to provide accessible opportunities for people of all ages to engage in the arts as a means to express creativity, increase self-confidence and build community. As a company, Beyond the 4th Wall produces:
- An All City Spring Broadway Musical; free for any Cambridge student in 3rd through 8th grade. Auditions in December.
- A teen summer musical production. All Cambridge students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to audition or interview to be on the tech crew for the show. Students aged 14 and up are eligible to be paid through the Mayor’s program
- And we also provide fall and spring semester classes in Acting, Singing, and Dance for ages 4 through 16. These classes perform mini-musicals, self-written shows, and showcases at the end of each semester.