Information has gone out about a dance shoe exchange to be held from 3:00-3:30 on January 15 at the school.
That is just one of many ways to recycle dance gear. Saving money, the environment, and making the dance program great are both important to me, so I thought I'd list some free ways that families can support the dance program.
If you've missed the shoe exchange, no problem. We have a closet that I'm trying to keep set up and organized. Check with me about used shoes before going out and buying new. Also, by the nature of the exchange, we always are a little short on the fourth-sixth grade jazz shoes. Please keep your home more tidy and donate any old shoes to the school. I'm sure there are outgrown shoes sitting in the closets of many of our 7th and 8th graders.
Dance leotards and tights in decent condition can also be donated.
If a sole starts to tear off, please just bring it to school for me. This is common in tap shoes, but I've found that shoe glue can work wonders and keep those soles a tappin'.
Ask around to crafters and sewers and volunteer to collect old fabrics and decorations. If there is decent yardage, we can use the fabric for costumes or props. I'm always looking for flowy, light fabrics to use as dancing scarves. If something is unusable for dance, I will always check with Audra if it can be used in art before discarding it. Anything with sequins or lace embellishments can be cut apart and repurposed.
Please let me know if you enjoy sewing and creating and/ or if you are willing to be a class costume parent. That time would, of course, count toward required volunteer hours. I definitely need help getting the entire school costumed by April 26.