Dancewear Distribution

The 2019 Summer Boston Dance Alliance Dancewear Lottery is open —just in time for summer intensives and fall dance classes!


Access to dance sometimes boils down to the ability to afford the right equipment – ballet, jazz or character shoes, leotards, tights. 

That’s why this summer Boston Dance Alliance is giving away over $30,000 worth of brand new dancewear, including adult/youth pointe shoes and children’s items.

Are you a dance teacher/studio owner/community leader in the Boston metropolitan area who knows financially disadvantaged dancers in need of dancewear and shoes? Please participate!

How it works:
  • The Boston Dance Alliance Dancewear Distribution program is open to BDA members at Dance Lover and above. Not a member yet or need to upgrade from the Dance Participant level? Join here
  • You must be in a position to distribute the free 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.
  • Put all your virtual “tickets” on one lot to increase your chances for that specific lot or spread them among the 21 opportunities below.
  • Submit your three choices to KSANMIGUEL@BOSTONDANCEALLIANCE.ORG
  • Deadline is Friday, July 12.  
  • 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, Dance This Way of West Concord, MA, and Boston Ballet without whom this valuable program would not be possible.


Description of Lots:

  1. Lot 1: Adult Ballet
    • 37 Adult Ballet Shoes (Sizes 6-11, mostly So Danca)
  2. Lot 2: Youth Ballet
    • 46 Youth Ballet Shoes (Sizes 3-7.5, Bloch pink canvas)
  3. Lot 3: Child Ballet
    • 41 Child Ballet Slippers (So Danca and Body Wrappers, Sizes 1-4)
  4. Lot 4: Child and Toddler Ballet
    • 53 Child/Toddler pink ballet slippers (mostly Body Wrappers Angelo Luzio, Sizes 8-13.5)
  5. Lot 5: Child and Toddler Ballet
    • 50 Child/Toddler pink ballet slippers (mostly Body Wrappers Angelo Luzio, Sizes 7-13.5)
  6. Lot 6: Character
    • 19 Character Shoes (sizes 3-11.5; some have taps)
  7. Lot 7: Adult Costume
    • 50 Sam Edelman Magenta/Mulberry Suede Ballet Flat “street” shoes (size 6 – 10, would be great for costumes)
  8. Lot 8: Childs Jazz
    • 27 Childrens Jazz Shoes (Sizes 10 – 5; Most are suntan, 2 pairs are black)
  9. Lot 9: Adult Tights
    • 31 pairs of adult tights, variety
  10. Lot 10: Adult Tights
    • 43 Adult Body tights/stockings
  11. Lot 11: Pointe Shoes
    • 32 Small Sized Pointe Shoes (mostly Capezio, sizes 4-6)
  12. Lot 12: Pointe Shoes
    • 22 Bloch and Grishko Pointe Shoes (sizes 3.5-7)
  13. Lot 13: Pointe Shoes
    • 26 Capezio Pointe Shoes (sizes 4-7.5)
  14. Lot 14: Pointe Shoes
    • 25 Capezio Pointe Shoes (sizes 8-10)
    • 7 “toe savers”
    • 2 pointe shoe elastics
  15. Lot 15: Pointe Shoes
    • 32 Larger pointe shoes (Capezio size 9 and 10, Bloch size 6)
  16. Lot 16: Pointe Shoes
    • 40 pointe shoes (Freed size 5.5, Grishko size 4xxx)
  17. Lot 17: Youth Jazz
    • 18 Youth Dance Sweatpants
    • 6 Youth Tanks
    • 11 Nude Kids halters and tank bras
    • 10 Asst. Kids Tights
    • 2 Dance Bags
    • 9 Dance Cell Phone Cases
    • Assorted Dance Knick Knacks
  18. Lot 18: Child Dancewear
    • 9 Kids Dance Shirts
    • 12 Child Leotards
    • 2 Child Skirts
    • 3 Dance Scarves
    • 40 Child Tights
    • 4 Dance Bags
    • 8 Mini Picture Holders
  19. Lot 19: Child Dancewear
    • 8 Black and White Child Leggings
    • 6 Colorful Kids leggings
    • 2 child shorts
    • 35 Children tights (mostly Bloch and Capezio)
    • Assorted jewelry
  20. Lot 20: Adult Dancewear/Costume
    • 13 colorful “tights” shirts
    • 8 Adult Leotards
    • 12 Nude Jazz Shoes
    • 12 Workout tops/costumes
    • 3 Adult Pants
    • 1 Ballet For Dummies Book
    • Miscellaneous Costume Items
    • Assorted Dance Knick Knacks
  21. Lot 21: Adult Dancewear/Costume
    • 12 Adult Cheer and Dance Related Tees
    • 38 Workout tops/Costumes
    • 9 Assorted Adult Tights
    • 3 Dance Picture Frames
    • Assorted Dance Knick Knacks


Paula Byrne’s Boston Public Schools students show off their Capezio ballet slippers last fall…


and their leotards last summer!


The BDA Dancewear Distribution program happens once or twice a year,

but you can get free costumes for your shows and recitals all year round!


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 70 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

  • Make a request on school/dance program letterhead or include the name of your organization with a website link to demonstrate you are an organization/school working to help children. You do not have to be a registered nonprofit.
  • 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 5000 square foot warehouse in Hicksville, New York to try to match your request.
  • Allow at least three-weeks to receive your costumes.
  • The costumes and shipping are 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