Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
J Michael Winward

J Michael Winward is an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. His solo performances blend movement and memoir, and deal with a variety of topics, including: coming of age, institutional injustice, and the politics of being oneself. Through the Steps in Time program, Michael brings social ballroom dance classes and parties to senior, elder, and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston. Dancing with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), Michael works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Along with Maggie Cee, Michael produces Dancing Queerly, a festival of performances, workshops, discussions, and social dance gatherings by and for the LGBT+ community, friends, and allies. www.jmichaelwinward.com

 

Find Me On …

Additional Links: 
A selection of videos about my work
A program that brings adaptive ballroom dance classes and parties to assisted living and memory care communities
A festival of performances, workshops, artist discussions, and social dance gatherings by and for the LGBT+ community and friends

I Have Worked With

  • October 2019 to March 2020

    Artist Liaison and Creative Projects Lead from August, 2016-December, 2018. 

    CATALYST, artist in residence from October, 2019-March, 2020. 

    Produced at Routes and Roots concert, October, 2019.

  • February 2020

    Hired to create a "bottle service" performance for winter fundraiser, "Shimmer".

  • March 2019 to June 2019

    Company Dancer & Creative Collaborator. Including a collaborative duet for me and director, Peter DiMuro, which we performed at Boston Center for the Arts and Gibney (NYC) in June, 2019. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
J Michael
Job Title/Position: 
Dancer / Instructor/ Choreographer
Mailing Address: 
32 Seattle St
#1
Boston, MA 02134
Physical Address: 
32 Seattle St #1
Boston, MA 02134
Last Name: 
Winward
Phone: 
978-866-9637

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballroom
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
State
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Dance Alliance
Education: 
B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus in Dance and Drama from Bennington College, Bennington, VT, USA (2007)
Studied Abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Salzburg, Austria (2006)
Certified to teach American Style Bronze and Silver level Ballroom Dancing, through the Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios
Awards: 
Organizational Grant from the Boston Cultural Council for Steps in Time, 2018
Next Steps for Boston Dance grant from The Boston Foundation in partnership with the Aliad Fund
Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation, in partnership with the Barr Foundation
Opportunity Fund grant from the Boston Cultural Council for Steps in Time, 2019 and 2020
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
NEST grant for Dancing Queerly, 2019 (bringing Toby MacNutt to Cambridge)
MCC Festivals Grant for Dancing Queerly, 2019
Cambridge Community FDN, Community Fund grants for Steps in Time and Dancing Queerly, 2019
Boston Pride Community Fund grant for Dancing Queerly, 2019
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence FDN grant for Dancing Queerly, 2020
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
The Steps in Time® program brings adaptive ballroom dance classes and parties to senior centers, assisted living, and memory care communities; serving dancers using mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs) and/or dancers with dementia.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Basic stage lighting
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Theater
Ages Served: 
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Certified to teach American Style Bronze and Silver level Ballroom Dancing, through the Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios
Fee Range Minimum: 
$80
Fee Range Maximum: 
$150