dance recital

Giving the Gift of Dance

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Repurposing Recital Costumes and Dancewear to Share the Joy of Dance

When the founder of Traveling Tutus Inc.®, Jenna Fleetwood, looked at all of the costumes hanging in her closet prior to leaving for college she thought to herself, “there has to be a better use for these.” After searching she soon discovered that there was a need to connect dancers in North America with aspiring dancers all around the world. Little did she know that the vision of collecting and shipping costumes would become a lifelong passion; the desire to put the gift of dance in every child hands, regardless of socio-economic status. Now 10 years later, Traveling Tutus, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, provides new and gently used dance attire to children around the world to instill confidence, self-expression, and joy through the gift of dance.

Traveling Tutus, based out of Central Florida, primarily donates to children in international orphanages, children's homes, title-one schools, foster care, hospitals, and other non-profits with a focus on children. Always sending costumes free of charge internationally, as well as domestically. In the past 10 years, thousands of children in over 30 different countries have received dance costumes.

Traveling Tutus believes unneeded costumes and dance attire are a precious resource that can be repurposed to bring joy to children all around the world. Through the collection and distribution of these no longer needed items, children all over the world experience one of life's greatest joys, dance.

As anyone involved with dance knows, dance can be used to instill confidence, give joy, and foster self-expression. A once use recital costume tucked in the back corner of a closet can do so much more good if given the chance. Traveling Tutus has always been about helping show dancers how they can use dance to make an impact. Teaching them how generosity can take on many forms, but when you seek to encourage and support others, even something as simple as donating a used costume can do so much good. 

“Traveling Tutus started out of a desire to see my own personal dance costumes go to a better cause. I had just graduated high school and had no idea just how big it would become. Through the years, it has been amazing to witness the support of thousands of dance studios, businesses, and dancers around the country. Traveling Tutus would not be what it is today without our generous partners that support us both financially and through the gift of new and gently used costumes. It is truly a team effort! I love knowing that we are not only providing dancers a place to recycle their beloved costumes but also giving joy to so many little ones around the world. I am honored to get to be a connector between the two!" says Founder, Jenna Fleetwood.

Some ways that you can spread the gift of dance:

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Become a Partner

Our monthly partners are the backbone of our growing organization! For $20/month or more you can play a huge part in sending dance-wear around the world. You can sign up at travelingtutus.org/partner

Our monthly partners allow us to be able to: 

• Ship costumes domestically

• Ship costumes internationally 

• Use the best shipping methods to make the biggest impact 

• Ship freight to multiple outreach organizations at once

• Add new countries on a regular basis 

• Provide quality dancewear to orphanages, children’s homes, low income schools/studios, hospitals, and foster care

• Share the gift of dance with hundreds of children each month

Financial Donations

If you feel led to give a donation to our mission you can do so at travelingtutus.org/give or mail a check to Traveling Tutus Admin, 213 New York Ave., St. Cloud, FL 34769. All donations are used in advancing the mission of Traveling Tutus, bringing the gift of dance to children around the world.

Create a Fundraising Page

If you love social media, you can create your very own fundraising page to share with your family and friends. Anyone can create a page! You can also create a team and together reach an even bigger goal! To learn more visit travelingtutus.org/campaign

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Donate Costume or Host a Collection Drive
Traveling Tutus is always in need of donations of ballet costumes, ballet slippers, new tights (black, pink, tan) and leotards. After gathering your items, please visit travelingtutus.org/donate for shipping instructions and to fill out our gift-in-kind form. 

Ready to Donate? Traveling Tutus will be accepting donations at Twinkle Star Dance Annual Conference in Orlando July 12-14. Learn more information and register here: https://www.twinklestardanceconference.com

Uniformity Onstage: Recital Makeup

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Christine Dion, CEO of Mode Dion

It's recital time and that means making sure everyone has their dance moves down and their costumes looking sharp. But what about makeup? Performers need uniform, easy to apply, long lasting stage makeup to enhances features and is age appropriate. Street makeup just won't do. Stage makeup is designed to be perspiration resistant and has richer pigments than street makeup so it shows up under stage lights. Application is also important as even the best stage makeup applied incorrectly can distort and over power features.

Keeping your makeup application uniform is very important and truly improves the overall look of the show. Here are a few tips below to create a complete stage face:

Twinkle Stars (dancers ages 3-6)

Children have cute little faces that are bright and animated but on stage their small more delicate features can fade and be hard to see. A little makeup on these tiny performers applied correctly goes a long way. Children are not at ease with someone poking around their eyes and hate keeping still for any length of time. Mascara, liner, and lipstick can prove particularly difficult. Twinkle Stars look sweet in pink lips and cheeks. Here are a few easy make-up techniques that have worked well for me.

Click here for steps, tips and video for Ages 3-6 http://modedion.com/ages-3-6-dance-stage-makeup/

Show Stars Minis and Juniors (dancers ages 5-12)

Choosing Eyeshadow Color

Keep eye shadow neutral. Choose between a dark brown or burgundy brown tone to define, a peach warm tone to balance eyes along the bone and a light cream highlight shade for the lid and under brows to lift and open eyes. Our eyeshadow double as eye liners due to the rich pigment content so this does make lining easier but application is the same for pencils as well. It is best to avoid liquid liners as they can come across to bold and heavy. Be sure to leave open lines at the eye corners for the White Pencil to be applied in between. Shimmer can really enhance features especially on cheek bones, inner eye corners, on center of eye lids even at the center of lips.

Click here for steps, tips and video on stage eyes http://modedion.com/stage-eyes-step-by-step/

Choosing Lip Color

It can be a nice look for a Junior to be in a softer lip shade than the bold true reds often used for stage on a more mature performer. However if your Junior performers are dancing with the Senior performers throughout the recital then all should be in the same lip shade for better uniformity. These colors have been carefully selected to compliment skintones, look great under stage lights and still be age appropriate. Choose between a soft red like our Rhubarb or a true red like our Stage Red Lip Duos.

Click here for tips and video on stage lips. http://modedion.com/stay-put-lip-duo-step-by-step/

Choosing Cheek Color

A soft red tone is best and should compliment the lip shade. Be sure to stay away from orange under tones as they quickly turn under hot lights.

Click here for steps, tips and video and create the perfect stage cheeks http://modedion.com/stage-cheeks/

Be sure to see our Twinkle Stars and Show Stars makeup looks live in the wonderful Fashion Show at the Twinkle Star Dance Annual Conference July 12-14 in Orlando, FL. Learn more here: https://www.twinklestardanceconference.com

About Christine

Christine Dion has been guiding new performer's in the Talent Industry for over 35 years as an Author, Columnist, Speaker, Artist and Image Consultant. Her background includes: New model development for ELITE Modeling Agency, Director of John Casablanca's Modeling School L.A., Head Instructor for John Robert Powers Finishing School, Beverly Hills & Owner/Director of MODE DION Image & Self Development Center, L.A.. Christine has created numerous television shows and videos on self improvement. She has worked with pageant queens, actors, models, dancers and children of public figures with the goal they look and feel their very best in the public eye. As a professional makeup artist Christine has worked internationally for commercials, television, fashion photography and theater. She created Mode Dion Cosmetics for the special needs of performers. As an author Christine has written and created numerous national beauty columns for leading industry magazines, and wrote the popular book "High Performance Beauty" (Princeton Press). Her latest book "RISING STAR Skills to Empower & Achieve" is a must read for performers seeking success in the Talent Industry. She currently speaks across the country educating performers on Beauty, Professional Makeup and Public Image. See more about Christine Dion, her makeup artistry and training articles at modedion.com