Step right up for desserts, drinks, performances, and family-friendly fun as

Boston Dance Alliance

brings our community together to honor Jeanne Traxler as 2018 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion and Dr. Lyle Micheli as 2018 BDA Unsung Hero!




Jeanne Traxler, 2018 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion, was an original founder and director of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Dance Company in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976 and in Massachusetts in 1980 which encompasses a professional company performing in schools, libraries, and festivals, PB&J Dance Classes for Kids (ages 3-10), and SMALL FEETS dance company (ages 6-10) which performs in the community.

Deeply committed to sharing the love of creative movement with young children, she has taught dance in many preschools. Jeanne was a founding member of Boston’s Children’s Dance Festival. She has taught workshops and classes for Dance Across the City, Cambridge Dance Month in the Schools, and Dance for World Community. Jeanne created many site-specific and theatrical works in Brookline. She was also on the founding Board of The Massachusetts Dance Education Organization and served for many years on the Board of daCi USA. Jeanne also served on one of the early Boards of Boston Dance Alliance!


Dr. Lyle J. Micheli, 2018 Boston Dance Alliance Unsung Hero is a pioneer in the field of dance medicine who served as attending physician for Boston Ballet and consultant to the Boston Ballet School. Founder of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, he is longtime Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Micheli is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and co-chaired the International Olympic Committee consensus on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport.  Dr. Micheli has authored over 300 scientific articles and reviews related to sports injuries, particularly in children. This past fall, he helped inaugurate Boston Dance Alliance’s Dancer Health Day in Cambridge.



VIP Package Early Bird   – Save up to 60% on at-the-door price!
Includes 5 tickets plus sponsorship of one dancer to attend gala free of charge, preferential seats for the performance and ceremony, host’s name in the gala program and on the BDA website gala page, souvenir group photo, and a special party favor.

$300 ($150 tax deductible) until March 31. Regular price $450 ($300 tax deductible)


Early Bird Individual tickets $45 ($20 tax deductible) until March 31. Regular price $60 ($35 tax deductible), Door price $75 (50 tax deductible)   Order your tickets here


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Early Bird Individual tickets for non-members and friends of the Honorees who do not have BDA membership $60 ($35 tax deductible) until March 31. Regular price $75 ($50 tax deductible), Door price $100 ($75 tax deductible)  Order your tickets here 



There are treats in store at Boston Dance Alliance’s 2018 silent auction on Bidding for Good.

Check back often for event tickets, restaurant gift certificates, books signed by their authors, and more! We will continue to add new surprises.

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