Local Girl Donates So Others Can Dance Too!
Hannah Gold, 13, has a heart of gold –as her last name implies. Hannah recently spent six weeks collecting gently used dance costumes, leotards, ballet slippers, and tap shoes to donate so less fortunate children in the Kansas City community will have the opportunity to dance too.
Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) will recognize Hannah at the beginning of the Winter Dance Performance: Space Dance 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Rose Auditorium at Rockhurst High School. More than 130 student dancers will participate in the performance that includes ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and hip-hop dance styles in one themed show.
Hannah was inspired by a story she heard on a national morning show about Donate 2 Dance. Donate 2 Dance is a non-profit based in NYC, founded by two sisters who believe that every child deserves the chance to dance. The Donate 2 Dance mission is to collect gently worn dance shoes, costumes and dancewear to donate to dance schools in need across the country.
Donate 2 Dance then found KCYA, a local non-profit providing arts education for kids, including lots of young dancers. The local connection removed the cost of shipping the supplies to New York and allowed Hannah to help budding dancers in her own community.
After a visit to KCYA to learn more, the match was made! Hannah then collected dance supplies from her own dance studio, Crescendo Academy and at her friend's dance studio. Collectively between the two studios, dozens of dance shoes, leotards, and costume pieces were stacked into five large boxes and delivered to KCYA late last year.
"KCYA is doing amazing work for kids who love to dance just like me! What this experience taught me was that one person really can make a difference and that we can't just think about ourselves. Plus, seeing how hard KCYA is trying to make so many kids happy through dance, give them the right shoes, and dancewear made me even more thankful and grateful for what I have," says Hannah.
KCYA will use the donations to outfit students who are on scholarship (based on the family’s financial situation) with dance shoes and leotards to prepare them for participation in class. Additionally, some of the donated costumes will be incorporated into our collection of costumes that students wear in our two annual dance performances.
"We are delighted to have this donation of dance supplies! Many of our dancer’s families face financial challenges. While KCYA provides scholarships to help with class fees, the costs of leotards, tights, and ballet slippers can create a barrier to their participation. Hannah’s choice to donate to KCYA will help many children in our community by removing those barriers. We are so excited to be able to share these donations with our students and to set them up for success in their classes,” said Martin English, KCYA executive director.
Image from the KCYA 2019 Winter Dance Performance: Dancing Wonderland
Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of arts education since 1961. For nearly 60 years we have used the arts to expand the minds of more than 6 million children in the Kansas City area. As an affiliate of the nationwide Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, we are part of the largest arts education organizations in the country.
Our In-School Programs ignite learning in the classroom through the power of the arts. Our professional teaching artists visit schools, libraries and community centers to deliver arts-integrated workshops and performances that are aligned to and enhance academic curriculum. Building upon that, our Arts Partners program adds the resources of 15 premier arts organization and specific school districts to offer arts for learning programs across the school district, ensuring equal access for every student.
The Community School of the Arts offers children a place to learn, explore, and develop their own creative interests and talents. Classes and camps in music, dance, theatre and visual art are available for all ages and abilities, all year round.
While we offer a broad array of programs we are singularly and fiercely focused on our mission to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education.