“Give a second life to your dance costume for a dancer who will shine in it like you did”
Isabel Lavery, a junior from Croton-Harmon High School, has created a dance costume collection she calls “Star2Star” to collect new and lightly used dance costumes to help dedicated dance students in need to look great and feel more confident when they perform.
Isabel has secured the support of Repertoire Dance Shop at 65 Garth Road in Scarsdale and Ms. Dancewear & Footwear Boutique at 1870 East Main Street in Mohegan Lake as collection points where parents and dancers can drop off the costumes they wish to give.
Isabel seeks to collect lightly used dance costumes for all genders, from child to adult sizes, and she also collects leotards in good condition.
As Isabel says, “So many dancers and families have old, barely worn costumes that sit in their closets for years. By donating these costumes, you are giving them a second life and helping other members of the dance community!
Isabel has partnered with ArtsWestschester, Westchester’s leading non-profit organization supporting the arts in the region, to help coordinate the distribution of donated dance costumes to dance schools located in Yonkers and Mount Vernon.
As the pandemic has disrupted life and made finances difficult for so many families, and with rising inflation driving up the cost of costumes and dance equipment, Isabel’s goal is to help students perform without worrying about typical costs, offering them a dance costume before they take the stage. Isabel says, “I remember how excited and confident I was trying on costumes for my first performance. With Star 2 Star, I hope to help others and give back to the dance that has been such a big part of my life.
Isabel’s dance costume drive now runs until Wednesday, May 25, so costumes can be distributed ahead of year-end recitals in late spring.
As Isabel says, “I have been dancing since I was 4 years old in schools in Westchester and around the city and I have seen how costumes can make production. I decided to start this project because I have many costumes hanging in my closet that I will never go into again that have accumulated since my first performance when I was dressed as a sequined puppy!Donating these costumes gives them a second life and helps those who will use them. I hope future stars who receive these costumes love them as much as the stars who donated them!”