Tap Shoe Drive
The Lady Hoofers are partnering with Gabrielle Ammirato of Access 2 the Arts to collect used tap shoes for use in our new arts education programs. Gabrielle is a local student with a passion for arts education and we're thrilled that she's helping us out on this project as part of her ongoing work to provide low income students with the opportunity (and shoes!) to dance.
Drop off sites have been set up at Kays Act II Dance Studio in Trevose, PA, at Dance! By Debra DiNote in Turnerville, NJ and at Free 2 Be Dance in Philadelphia, PA. If you're interested in setting up a collection bin at your studio or school, please contact us.
Below is a letter from Gabrielle with further details on the project and the importance of arts education:
Children exposed to the arts do better in school, have higher self esteem, and are more creative – some stay in school specifically to have access to the arts. The arts help children develop the skills to be more collaborative, innovative and culturally aware, and this helps them succeed in today’s globally connected world.
Whether it is dancing, singing or acting every child benefits from just having the opportunity to participate in these activities. The arts inspire students to achieve a higher level of performance in all aspects of their lives. It seems like a no brainer for schools and a community to have a strong arts program for their youth. They are instrumental for students to express themselves in a positive way and encourage teamwork. Unfortunately, due to budget limitations in many towns in America today, including my own, arts programs are at risk of being reduced or cut altogether.
Access 2 the Arts was developed to remove barriers to children experiencing the arts. We work to create greater visibility in order to educate the public to change this situation - inspiring others to volunteer their own talents to help all kids experience the arts. My program will help students find their talents, score higher in their academics and promote a sense of self-worth essential to keeping them in school. It will also make the world a better place by increasing our creativity, innovation and happiness. The arts have allowed me to express my creativity, discover who I am, and open my heart and mind to all the possibilities the world holds. I want every child to experience this same opportunity.
Imagine the possibilities, won’t you join me?