Boston Dance Alliance Gala is Sunday, May 21, 2017


The 2017 Boston Dance Alliance Gala will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017

at the Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, Mass.

When we will celebrate the achievements of Andrea Herbert Major, founder of Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, as the 2017 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion, and honor philanthropist James K. Spriggs  as this year’s BDA Unsung Hero.


Andrea Major, 2017 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion




Andrea Herbert Major is marking her 50th anniversary as a gifted teacher, mentor, and community leader in Boston. Beginning to dance at the age of three, she graduated from the Boston Conservatory and continued studies at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Generations of students have flourished under her guidance. Some, like dancers Christopher Huggins, Ebony Williams and Joe Gonzales, have gone onto major dance careers. Many others have developed lifelong commitments to dance and the arts. The Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award, created in 2004, recognizes a member of the metropolitan Boston dance community over the age of 60 who has made a great contribution to Boston’s dance landscape and whose body of work constitutes a significant legacy.








James K. Spriggs, 2017 BDA Unsung Hero



James K. Spriggs’ broad-ranging philanthropy has touched many of Boston’s independent dance artists, institutions and projects. A retired postal worker, his generosity,  enthusiasm, and good humor have enabled dancers across the Boston area to turn their dreams into reality. Inaugurated in 2016, the Boston Dance Alliance Unsung Hero Award recognizes a person whose behind the scenes work with dance and dancers through music, design, administration, or any other activity has made a significant contribution to the vitality of the Boston dance scene.




Invitations and links to tickets and our online auction will be available soon!


Gala table photo by Liza Voll