Hi, I'm Catie Mae Carey, founder of Second.Chance.Dance. I was recently accepted to be a Studio Ambassador for Traveling Tutus, Inc and I'm very excited about this opportunity. I started my organization in the 8th grade, as a dance costume donation community to help other dancers and dance studios have access to gently and barely-used dance costumes. I am currently packaging and organizing beautiful ballet and hip hop costumes to ship to Traveling Tutus Inc. and my dance teammates are going to be helping me all this month. I think this organization is amazing and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me, and my organization to partner with Traveling Tutus Inc.
Catie Mae Carey
Loral Sims School of Dance
North Attleboro, MA 002760
Traveling Tutus has an amazing mission statement. We have two children's homes in Thailand and in Ghana. Global Servants home, House of Grace Thailand, has over 100 girls. Traveling Tutus always pays for shipping! They give our children so much joy and blessing, asking nothing in return. I am so grateful for an organization like this!!! They are trustworthy, organized and doing everything with a good heart. They always send the right sizes and items requested (absolutely beautiful quality items). I would dare to say that you could not find a FOR-profit business that is run as smoothly as this ministry. So grateful for their generous hearts and their continued strive for excellence!
Jenna and Traveling Tutus went above and beyond for my dancers! We were able to get costumes for 25 dancers. When shipping would take too long, Jenna personally delivered them. I love Traveling Tutus!
I had started doing a ballet camp in an orphanage in Port Au Prince Haiti and had been working with Bloch dancewear buying close outs on leotards and shoes. I made dance skirts from scarves for our performance. It was a great success and I continued on with Project Grace and added yoga to the camp. We made makeshift tutus from tulle, scrambled for supplies every year, and depended on a woman at Bloch to work with us for close outs. After a particularly bad year financially, I could no longer purchase supplies I needed. Ms. Hippelman from Bloch contacted me and told me she gave my name to an organization called Traveling Tutus that supplied ballet shoes, tights, costumes, etc. to organizations and orphanages that were teaching dance. I thought it was too good to be true and was flabbergasted. I figured it was going to still be something I could not afford. When I spoke to Jenna, the founder, and she said it was all free, I could have anything I want, and did I also want tap shoes, I just cried. The kids we teach are in orphanages, or poor communities in Haiti, live communally, or in makeshift houses. The dance experience is one they would never have available to them. We do classes as authentically as we can to a dance school class in the states. When I pulled out bags of costumes the first time and fitted the girls and boys ( and my teachers) it was one of the best days and most fun for all of us. The team that was helping that week were not all dance teachers. I outfitted them and our translators and we all climbed in the back of a pick up truck to headed to the orphanage for performance day. The children started to get undressed after our performance and we're giving back the costumes. When I told them they were a gift from Traveling Tutus, they looked very puzzled. When I got the translator to make them understand, there were smiles and hugs and "merci, merci, merci". it may sound silly in the grand scheme of things, but the simple gift of dance and a beautiful costume is worth a million dollars worth of smiles.
Thank you Traveling Tutus
I love what joy and delight Travelling Tutus donations of fun bright dance wear/costume brings to the heart and face of a survivor of sexual exploitation and trafficking. These young girls aged 6 - 16 years dress up and twirl and feel beautiful. It is an important part of their healing and restoration of childlike behaviour, fun, laughter and innocence.
My daughter has been a dancer for 10 years. I personally know how dance empowers my daughter! She is not only physically fit, she has gained the grace and confidence to perform on stage at competitions. We donated 9 of her former dance costumes to Traveling Tutus. We know how wonderful dance has been for Lianna and we are filled with joy when we see the photos posted by Traveling Tutus of little dancers wearing the donated dance wear. Our favorite photos are those of children in orphanages since Lianna began her life in an orphanage.
I teach dance for free in a tiny community in Mexico. Traveling Tutus sent me everything I needed to round out my supply of dance attire for my students. They are also working with me to do costumes for our Nutcracker we hope to put on in December. In an area where the student could never afford the classes let alone the proper attire this means the world to both me and my students. One cannot underestimate the need for proper dance attire. Not only can I now see their lines properly making it safer for my students to learn proper technique but they feel like dancers now as well. They sent us everything free of charge, in a timely manner, much of it new and all of it in excellent shape. They are helpful, kind and have a super great ministry set up that works well. It may seem inconsequential to some but know that this ministry makes a huge difference in children's lives. For places without dance schools they give children a chance to feel lovely and dream about being a ballerina. Giving a child a dream and a gift like that is without measure. For places with schools like mine they give these students a chance to change their lives. Both the adults and children that I teach have had their lives changed because they have the opportunity to dance and feel comfortable in attire that fits and is safe and makes them feel beautiful. This is truly and amazing organization with an amazing world view changing lives for the better.
A fantastic organization that helps give children the opportunity to fully enjoy the art of dance. Jenna is passionate, giving, and a wonderful role model for young dancers everywhere. Boca Dance Studio and ProAm Dance Studio in Florida, love Traveling Tutus Inc.!
This program not only provides support to children across the world to enable them to learn the love of dance, but it is an excellent leadership building program for young dancers. Their program has built in mentorship opportunities for young dancers to develop as leaders and community activists while promoting something they love and learning basic business and marketing skills! My daughter has enjoyed being a part of this program as a Studio Ambassador