A Tragic Loss in Our Community

Boston Dance Alliance grieves to share the news that Marcie Mitler, co-producer with Eliza Mallouk of the Across The Ages Dance Project, was killed yesterday when she was hit by a car.

In her website biography, Marcie was wry and self-deprecating as she wrote

“Marcie Mitler was a professional dancer until 1984, when she went into labor in ballet class. The maternity leave lasted 23 years, during which she did NOT do a single plie and became a practicing psychotherapist, specializing in trauma, abuse and incest. When she noticed her sons were 18 & 22 she wandered into a dance class and has been in classes and some wonderful performances non stop ever since.”

ATAD is unique in the way it has commissioned intergenerational work from various choreographers for its annual performances.

Last summer on the blog for her therapy practice Marcie ended an entry about regret by saying

“Sometimes I can help you understand why things happened as they did. There are things that cannot be changed, but can be understood.”

There is no real way of understanding this occasion, but I know it will bring those who worked and cared for Marcie closer. BDA will post funeral information when it is available and extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.