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Boston Dance Alliance is Inclusion

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“Through their new referral service for dancers with disabilities, the Boston Dance Alliance strives to break down barriers to inclusion. I was thrilled to see their action become a reality when I received an interview for and then earned the position to teach a 5-week accessible youth flamenco class at the Cotting School in Lexington. This is a chance of a lifetime, affording me the opportunity to share my love of flamenco with this inclusive community. Thank you BDA for increasing cultural equity and access to dance for diverse communities!


~Eve Costarelli, owner and founder, Always Be Dancing Expressive Arts: Yoga and Flamenco for Every/body


Boston Dance Alliance is committed to opening doors to dance. Their  free referrals for dancers with disabilities and those who want to work with them are only possible because of your generous support.
Every donation of $50 or more gets you the benefits of membership! Share in the success of the organization honored this year as one of the four best small nonprofits in the state by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.


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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 will distribute Capezio ballet slippers valued at more than $25,000 to financially disadvantaged dancers across our community.

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.

And there’s more! This ballet-themed giveaway also includes $10,000 worth of pointe shoes from a variety of manufacturers. This gift is made possible by Dance This Way of Concord, Mass, a founding partner in the BDA Dancewear Distribution program.


New Spanish Dance Suppliers

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Four months have passed since my recent trip to Barcelona and my wonderful vacation that turned into a very productive business trip. The fruits of my labor with two important new dance suppliers Happy Dance and Menkes have now been sewn.

We have received two shipments from Happy Dance with a third due in early August and at long last our delivery from Menkes. We just received three new styles of Flamenco shoes including an exquisite new black suede lace-up style called Cale, a cuban heel double strap style that comes in a wide width named Alegria and an economy option called Marta.

Click below to see all of the new Spanish dance products from Happy Dance and Menkes:




Meet Our Business Friends — Le Couturier House of Alterations

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Dick Robaisson is the owner of Le Couturier House of Alterations, 550 Mass. Avenue, 2nd Floor in Cambridge, MA. He began his entrepreneurship as a tailor working in his home town of Petionville, a suburb of Port au Prince, Haiti at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his father. He moved to the U.S.  in 1989 where he worked at Frank the Tailor, Pacifici in Boston, Bloomingdales and Ermenegildo Zegna on Newbury St. before opening up his own shop there in 2003. He moved to Central Square in November of 2008. We are privileged to have Dick next door to us because he specializes in custom alterations, wedding gowns and quality tailoring. His staff of 4 to 5 part time employees serves the Harvard and MIT communities as well as clients from Connecticut and New Hampshire. His great work, excellent sense of clothing, competitive pricing and superb fitting and experience has earned him great reviews on Yelp as well as well-deserved recognition in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian and Best of Boston.

His shop hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays closed in July and August and closed on Sundays. He can be reached at 617-497-1258, lecouturier@comcast.net or on the web at lecouturierma.com
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