The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA. (617) 547-9363
536 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA


The aMaSSiT Mentoring Lab is a multi-session course of class "labs" that focus on dance-making skills and tool building. It is expected that artists involved in the lab are currently making work and exploring their own choreographic voice. The program features choreographic tools workshops, facilitated peer discussion, mentorship and feedback from guest artists, studio time, and public showings (ranging from informal to more formal).

The Dance Complex first introduced this course in the fall of 2013, and has since received recognition and praise from dance professionals both locally and nationally, including Dance Magazine. The focus continues to be on skill building for all dance makers, including those early in their choreographic ventures or those wishing to refresh earlier choreographic studies. Choreographic development for all genres of dance is a primary focus at The Dance Complex. In the past, The Dance Complex has invited a variety of dance makers to join the lab, including those specializing in tap, burlesque, musical theater, contemporary ballet, and modern.

aMaSSiT participants will be expected to be actively developing works-in-progress and to bring these works, along with their dancers/performers, to group lab sessions. The group will meet together for pre-scheduled sessions. Those involved in making dances should plan on additional work times, outside of the lab, in between each session.

Once committed to the process, participants agree to take part in all events up through scheduled public showings and sharings. Upon successful completion of the course, participants paying the full fee will be awarded 8 hours of studio rental free of charge for the purposes of continuing momentum in making work.

TUITION: There is a $135.00 fee to help cover costs of studios and mentors. There will be 2 participant slots open free of charge to Dance Complex’ Work Study participants in good standing, pending qualifying acceptance. Other scholarships may be available.

aMaSSiT is funded, in part, by support from the Cambridge Arts Council.


In honor of The Dance Complex's 25th Anniversary, we will celebrate the organization's commitment to nurturing emerging and established choreographers alike by increasing workshop opportunities, dialogue between participants and esteemed professional choreographers, and performance opportunities for aMaSSiT participants. Additionally, in keeping with The Dance Complex's longstanding commitment to cross-disciplinary dialogue, this session of aMaSSiT will place special emphasis on collaborative projects which fuse multiple mediums of art and movement. Stay tuned for more information to be released in December, and save the date(s): aMaSSiT 2017 launches in February 2017!

  • January 1, 2017: Applications Open
  • January 25, 2017: Deadline to apply
  • January 30, 2017: Notices out to accepted participants
  • Mondays, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3: Lab sessions 7:30-10:00 pm
  • Monday, 4/17: Informal Dress Rehearsal and Final Feedback Session 7:30-10:00 pm


This season of aMaSSiT will provide each participant the opportunity and challenge to perform their work multiple times in multiple spaces, both formal and informal. Dates are listed below; please check back as more information is released.

  • Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 2017: Informal Showcase preceding the Pentacle Roster Artists' Showcase
  • Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, 2017: Informal Showcase preceding main stage show TBD
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017: Formal Showcase, 7:00 pm, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre*



*Technical Rehearsals will be held same day in the afternoon.

aMaSSiT is funded, in part, by support from the Cambridge Arts Council.

aMaSSit - Mentoring Lab.

Choreographic development for all genres of dance is a primary focus at The Dance Complex. I-ARE (Integrated Artist Residency Exchange), an artist residency for a cohort of artists (on hiatus in 2016) runs approximately January- July, with applications due in November of the previous year. CATALYSTS, introduced in 2015, is a residency that leads into performance, with a calendar arc from approximately August- January. At present, CATALYSTS involvement is by invitation only.

aMaSSiT is funded, in part, by;
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Revised: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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