CAPEZIO DONATES 1,000 pairs of new ballet slippers to BDA!
Capezio has made an incredible gesture of support to Boston Dance Alliance, which believes that no one should be unable to participate in dance activity just because they can’t afford the equipment.
BDA’s members are distributing the Capezio ballet slippers valued at almost $25,000 plus $10,000 worth of pointe shoes from a variety of manufacturers* to financially disadvantaged dancers.
Thank you and congratulations to
Ballet Rox, Stajez Cultural Arts Center, Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, Paula Byrne (Boston Public Schools), OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Tony Williams Ballet and Portland Youth Dance (through BDA member Sara Juli)
- Special pointe shoe gift made possible by Dance This Way, Concord, Mass, a founding partner in the BDA Dancewear Distribution program.
We were the recipients of ballet shoes through Boston Dance Alliance from the Capezio Foundation. As a dance teacher at one of Boston Public Schools we received small sizes and I teach at the middle school level. So the 8th grade Dance Team decided to have a Ballet Day to share the shoes with our 1st grade and kindergarten classes. Our school having a diverse population and majority of low income families – we hope this may be the start of something great. We plan to do this again next week with more children.
—Paula Byrne, teacher, Mario Umana Academy
In today’s society, everything has a cost. The more we can do to cut down on cost for families, the better we all feel. Being able to give students free ballet slippers, dance sneakers, and attire, puts a huge smile on the face of some of our students and guardians. It allows young dancers to feel confident and part of a team. Thank you Boston Dance Alliance!
— Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, Founding Executive and Artistic Director, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
Over the first two years of the BDA Dancewear Distribution Program, BDA was able to provide more than $36,000 worth of goods through our partnership with NorthEast Dance Retailers Association and individual retailers and companies including Dancing Arts Center of Holliston. The Capezio gift represents the first corporate recognition of this important program. We are very grateful.
AND NEW FOR SPRING 2018!
Does your dance organization need costumes for its recitals and performances?
Boston Dance Alliance has arranged to partner with From Our Hearts to Your Toes, a Long Island, New York based organization that collects gently worn dance costumes from extra small child to adult extra-large sizes.
To date, From Our Hearts to Your Toes supports over 60 organizations including Arts & Education programs at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, The Fresh Air Fund, Girls and Boys Clubs, and YMCA programs.
They do not sell any of the costumes and do not provide costumes to single individuals, just dance programs.
It’s easy to participate!
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the code BDA
- Provide as much information as possible — number of costumes in each size, style, color, and if you know it, the music you are using or feeling you are looking for. They will “shop” their huge warehouse to try to match your request.
- Allow at least three-weeks to receive your costumes.
- The costumes and shipping is free!
This program is open to both current BDA members and other dance studios and organizations across the area.
We can’t provide such wonderful resources to our dancers without your support!