Raise the Floor!

Raise the Floor! makes the Boston Dance Alliance Portable Floor available for use by the Boston Public Schools free of charge.

BDA’s unique program helps BPS students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities develop discipline, artistic expression, cultural understanding, social skills, and physical fitness.

BPS students perform on the Parkman Bandstand using the BDA floor during the end-of-year Citywide Arts Festival, June 2016. Photo by BPS, used with permission.



The BDA floor can turn a school cafeteria, basketball court, parking lot, or a grassy lawn into a safe and resilient surface for dance and movement arts of all genres. You can learn more about the BDA floor on this website 

For the students and their teachers, it’s all free. Our turn-key program provides the floor, transportation, set-up, inspection, and removal to a participating K-12 Boston public school for a two-day booking.


Choreographer Jean Appolon leads BPS teachers in a Haitian dance lesson, January 2017


“We are excited about our partnership with the Boston Dance Alliance and its “Raise the Floor!” program. It’s very exciting to be in a group of kids and see that light come on in their faces; to see how it sparks their creativity and passion. Closing the opportunity gap is not always about getting students to read more: sometimes it’s about getting them up to dance.”

–Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts for Boston Public Schools


We thank our generous donors — including an anonymous family foundation committed to enhancing education for all our students — who have made all of this possible!


Raise the Floor! Honor Roll

Floor Supporters ($1,000+)*

  • Erinn King, in honor of Cleo B. King and King Massabni
  • Elin McEllin
  • Elaine Shannon
  • James K. Spriggs, in honor of Sarah Mae Gibbons and Kathleen Nasti

Adopt a Panel ($500-999)**

  • Laura Howenstine, in honor of Barbara Howenstine
  • Eve Rounds

Raise the Floor! Honor Roll ($100-499)

  • Nathaniel Adams
  • Phil Ayoub
  • Ruth Birnberg
  • Rebecca Caper
  • Mary J. Carbonara
  • Christopher Clark
  • Esther Kaplan
  • Eliza Mallouk
  • Dan Yonah Ben-Dror Marshall
  • Janet McHallan
  • Christina Mathers
  • Jeannette Neill
  • Margot Parsons
  • Rachel Riccardella
  • Martha Robinson
  • Jody Weber
  • Conna Weiner

Please consider joining these generous donors! The more we raise, the more times BPS will be able to take advantage of this very special resource.  Every gift will help enrich the education of Boston’s students through the arts.

To learn more,  click on the donation page here

*$1,000 entitles the donor to designate names to be inscribed on the undersides of two floor panels!

**$500 entitles the donor to designate a name to be inscribed on the underside of one floor panel!