Boston Youth Moves at 2016 BDA Gala, photo by Liza Voll

BDA’s Virtual Gala Was A Success!

Thank You

   for participating in  Boston Dance Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Gala on Sunday June 14!

We were delighted to finally be able to honor Margot Parsons and Myran Parker-Brass and show our appreciation to Alicia Downey, who is stepping down after eleven years on the BDA Board!

The guests who joined us over Zoom and Vimeo loved it. As one told us
“The virtual format was wonderfully executed and the joy, excitement and gratitude could be felt even through our screens.”

Margot Parsons is the 2020 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion!

Margot Parsons is founder and lead choreographer for DanceVisions, Inc., which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017. Margot is a longtime ballet teacher at Boston College and Boston University, and an in-demand guest teacher at many other venues across the Boston community.

Originally trained in Chicago, she studied and danced in New York with famous teachers including Maggie Black, Richard Thomas, and Barbara Fallis, at the Harkness School, and at the Graham Studio. She has studied choreography with Anna Sokolow and Bessie Schoenberg.  She was invited to dance with Ballet Theater, Agnes de Mille, and Pearl Lang; she performed with numerous companies in New York City including Choreoconcerts, Larry Richardson, Yuriko, The Ballet Ensemble of New York, and in the City Center production of the “King and I.”  In Boston she has performed with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company and with the original cast of “A Dancer’s Christmas and as a producer created programs such as “Dancers at the Robsham” and “Dance on the Top Floor.”

Myran Parker-Brass is the 2020 BDA Unsung Hero!

Former Executive Director for the Arts for the Boston Public Schools, Myran has spent her professional life creating and managing arts programs and engaged in arts advocacy. During her tenure at BPS she created initiatives to increase access, equity and quality for all students, and expanded dance activity across the school system, nurturing both students and the teaching artists who serve them. She also shepherded the creation of Raise the Floor!Boston Dance Alliance’s special initiative to provide our wonderful portable dance floor to BPS  free of charge.

Myran is an in-demand arts consultant, and throughout her long career has shared her expertise with  many boards of directors and agencies. A well-regarded classical and jazz singer who has appeared with the Boston Pops, she is not technically “unsung,” but we are happy to have this opportunity to sing her praises!

Attorney and flamenco devotee Alicia Downey steps down from an 11-year run on the Boston Dance Alliance Board of Directors, the last four as our enthusiastic Chair. Olé!