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Dance ReRuns lets used costumes dance again

Posted: June 30, 2017

by Laura Straub

 

Dance costumes frequently feature sequins, sparkles and a hefty price tag, but they are often only worn once or twice, until now. Jamie Holkovic and Alea Sears, Brecksville and Bath residents and rising seniors at Walsh Jesuit High School, are providing local dance studios with the opportunity to give their costumes an encore through their charitable organization Dance ReRuns.

 

Holkovic, who has been dancing for 16 years, and Sears, who has been dancing for 14 years, have had their share of costumes over their careers.

 

“Our families spend hundreds of dollars for our costumes each year, and then they just sit in our closets or attics,” said Sears. “We always thought this was such a waste.”

 

But the girls said that it was their school motto, “Men and Women for Others,’’ that got them thinking about ways to give back. Since they both love to dance and have seen the benefits of the activity first hand, they wanted to do something that would give dancers burdened with the cost of costumes or unable to afford them completely the opportunity to still take the stage and look good doing it.

 

Last year, Holkovic and Sears began organizing Dance ReRuns, and they announced through word of mouth that they were looking for all types of costumes, shoes and dancewear for everything from ballet and jazz to lyrical and hip hop to help launch their program. The only stipulations were that each item had to be gently used and in clean condition. This generally isn’t an issue, because often the costumes were only worn once, on the day of a recital. 

 

Since then, the girls have leveraged their connections in the local dance community to spread the word about their costume exchange.

 

“We have some connections,” said Holkovic. “Alea’s studio, Spotlight School of the Arts in Medina, has approximately 40 dancers and my studio, Interpretations Dance Academy in Broadview Heights, has approximately 80 dancers, which gave us our start. We also have friends at school that dance at different studios; they will help us spread the word.”

 

And this year, Holkovic and Sears took the organization to the next level by registering it as a nonprofit with the state of Ohio and launching a media campaign to contact studios in the area that are able to donate, as well as those who may be in need of costume assistance. So far, the girls have collected more than 100 costumes, and their inventory is growing.

 

“May and June are when most studios have their recitals, so this is great timing to donate before they just store them away,” said Sears. Holkovic and Sears are available to pick up donations, or the costumes can be dropped off at either of their dance studios.

 

As for recipients, the girls are in the process of talking to studios, hospitals, expressive therapy programs, schools and other organizations that might need costumes. They are able to send photos of what is available in their inventory if the organization has a specific size and style request. To donate or inquire about costumes, contact Holkovic and Sears at dancereruns@gmail.com. 

 

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