Dancewear Distribution

The 2018 Summer Boston Dance Alliance Dancewear Lottery is here!

Deadline is June 25, 2018!


BDA believes that that no one should be unable to participate in dance activity just because they can’t afford the equipment.  Are you a dance teacher/studio owner/community leader who knows financially disadvantaged dancers who need dancewear and shoes? Boston Dance Alliance members at Basic Level and above are invited to participate in this program. Not a member yet? Join here 

Items in the BDA Dancewear Lottery change year to year based on the availability of dancewear from our donors.

Please pass this information along to any schools, studios, or teachers who might want to participate.


How it works:

  • You must be a current BDA Member. Not a member? Join here now to participate 
  • You must be in a position to distribute the dancewear to financially disadvantaged dancers based on need.
  • You agree that you will not sell or exchange any dancewear for commercial gain.
  • Given miscellaneous sizes in every lot, you may not be able to share an item immediately. You agree to store it and donate it to a financially disadvantaged dancer when appropriate.
  • You get three “bids.” Put all your virtual “tickets” on one lot to increase your chances for that specific lot or spread them among the 19 opportunities. You can see a description of the lots below.
  • Submit your three choices to KSANMIGUEL@BOSTONDANCEALLIANCE.ORG using the subject line Dancewear Distribution
  • Deadline is Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • BDA staff will pull names from a hat and contact winners.
  • You will have three weeks to pick up dancewear at the BDA office, but we encourage you to pick it up as soon as possible to get people dancing!


Boston Dance Alliance is very grateful to our partners in this year’s program, the NorthEast Dance Retailers Association and Dance This Way of West Concord, MA, without whom this valuable program would not be possible.

Paula Byrne’s dance students show off their Capezio ballet slippers from our Capezio distribution last fall!



Description of Lots:


Lot 1: Adult Character/Musical Theater

  • 13 Adult Black Character Shoes


Lot 2: Adult Character/Musical Theater

  • 5 Adult Tan Character Shoes
  • 7 Dark Tan fishnet tights


Lot 3: Miscellaneous Ballet Lot

  • 22 White Satin Ballet Shoes in assorted sizes


Lot 4: Adult Tap

  • 9 Adult Tap Shoes


Lot 5: Child/youth tap

  • 10 Children’s tap shoes
  • 5 Toddler tap shoes
  • 24 White kid tights


Lot 6: Adult Jazz/Lyrical

  • 10 Suntan jazz/lyrical (pedini) adult shoes
  • 5 Black adult capri pants
  • 3 Adult costume leotards


Lot 7: Children’s Jazz/Lyrical

  • 25 Children’s Tan Jazz Shoes
  • 12 Pink children’s tights


Lot 8: Adult Character Dance

  • 11 Black “Premier” character shoes


Lot 9: Adult Jazz/Hip Hop

  • 8 Jazz Sneakers/Hip Hop Shoes (some are very large sizes!)
  • 3 Hip Hop Pants for Adult


Lot 10: Youth Ballet

  • 8 Kids leotards
  • 3 Ballet warm-ups
  • 13 Pink Kids ballet shoes
  • 20 Pink kids tights


Lot 11: Children’s Ballet

  • 12 Kids pink tights
  • 8 Kids brown tights
  • 14 Kids white ballet shoes
  • 2 Kids shorts


Lot 12: Children’s Jazz

  • 14 Kids Black jazz shoes
  • 1 Kids jazz sneaker
  • 3 Black jazz youth pants


Lot 13: Teen/Adult Jazz

  • 38 Adult tan jazz shoes
  • 7 Adult jazz pants


Lot 14: Teen/Adult Ballet

  • 19 Pointe Shoes


Lot 15: Teen/Adult Ballet

  • 18 Adult pink tights
  • 15 Canvas pink ballet shoes


Lot 16: Teen/Adult Ballet

  • 8 Adult Pink Ballet Shoes
  • 11 Adult Leotards


Lot 17: Miscellaneous Costumes and dancewear


Lot 18 Children’s Ballet

  • 100 Child light pink leather full sole ballet slippers in Capezio Model 207C “Gracie” Sizes 10-2.5


Lot 19 Children’s Ballet

  • 100 Child light pink leather full sole ballet slippers in Capezio Model 207C “Gracie” Sizes 10-2.5

PLUS free costumes for your shows and recitals!

Boston Dance Alliance has partnered 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 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!

Please join Boston Dance Alliance us to support productive partnerships like this one by clicking here or by making a donation