Arts in Motion, a dance studio in Webster Groves, MO, is partnering with a St. Louis non-profit, Sweet Celebrations, to provide children and teens experiencing homelessness with personalized birthday celebrations. The studio will sponsor The Dance Drawer Market, held at Sports Medicine and Training Center in Crestwood and organized by Webster High School Alumni Jessica Ruhlin, which will bring together dancers, yogis, and athletes to shop for dance and activewear. SMTC will provide a master class from their Dance Medicine Program for a discounted price to attendees.
100% of proceeds from sold items will be donated to Sweet Celebrations. Additionally, Arts in Motion is donating a handful of dance birthday parties to the organization. Unsold donated items will be sent to Traveling Tutus, an international organization that distributes dance wear to underprivileged children around the world.
Items available are being collected from professional dancers, students, and dance stores. Donations include leotards, warm ups, skirts, shoes, and even specially autographed items from professional dancers across the nation. “It is our goal to strengthen the connection and support within the dance community of St. Louis while using our gifts to reach beyond the studio and into the lives of those in our own community,” says Arts in Motion Director, Alicia Jonas.
“I found that I had nice dance supplies I was not using which a friend or student might enjoy,” says Ruhlin. “If sharing those supplies can then bring attention and gifts to the less-fortunate youth in St. Louis,” she concludes, “I can think of no better use for them”.