At the age of 3, I started taking dance, and each year I would look forward to my dance recital to get dressed up in a beautiful costume. Many little girls dream about being a dancer and wearing fancy costumes.
In 2010, when I was 10 years old, it occurred to me that I didn't use them for dress-up anymore and that my costumes from each year's dance recital were collecting dust in the attic of my house.
I realized that there are many children that share my love for dance but are unable to afford costumes. I approached my parents with an idea, "what if I could collect dance costumes from other children like me, and donate them to less privileged dancers or schools?". From that idea, DanceDonations.org was created.
My organization has flourished, thanks to the generosity of my fellow dancers, parents, teachers and schools.
Dance has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started dancing when I was 2, began exploring the competition world at 8, and have been loving it ever since. One of the biggest challenges for dancers (other than the time commitment of course) is the cost of costumes, especially for those in many dances. When I learned about DanceDonations and how much it has given to the dance community, I knew I wanted to be involved. I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization by giving back to dancers and dance programs that are in need of costumes.