Shoe Stories are notes that we request from dancers who have received shoes from us! We think this a positive way to show that we are not just donating shoes but truly sharing them across the community.
Maia- Atlanta: “I recently received a pair of jazz shoes from Pair2Share! I love the shoes and will wear them for classes as well as a show! Thank you so much!”
Nora Bell- Roswell: “My name is Nora Belle. I am 8 years old, and I have been dancing at Footnotes for 2 years. I really like dancing. I tried tap class this year, and I love practicing tap! I took tap, because I thought I would like it, and I wanted to try new things. It seemed faster than ballet, and I was excited to try it. My family laughs, because they say they can always hear me tapping away upstairs in my house. I even practice when we are at the grocery store or waiting in line. This year I have grown quickly, and I outgrew my tap shoes right before recital. I told Ms. Christy that my shoes were hurting my feet, and I told her I was worried about what to do for recital. My shoes were so small that I could not get my foot inside anymore. I borrowed shoes for dress rehearsal from another girl, but I knew she would need her shoes on the recital day for her own dance. I didn’t know what I would do. Ms. Christy said not to worry. But I was still really worried about it.
On recital day, some big girls named Mekayla, Juliana, and Meriah came over and told me that they had some tap shoes for me…tap shoes of my very own. They gave me a little bag with my own shoes and a note about sharing my shoes. Mekayla reminded me to share my shoes with other dancers who might need them. She was really nice to me, and I was so glad to have my OWN shoes for the show. I didn’t have to borrow, and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore! My recital was great! My grandparents and my aunt came and watched me dance. They said they were proud of me. I am glad somebody thought of Pair2Share, and that there is a way to share dance shoes with everyone. I know dance class can cost a lot of money, and it is hard to buy shoes sometimes. Now I want to help other dancers too, just like someone helped me when I needed it. I want to keep dancing, and I am excited about next year. I want to thank the Pair2Share girls for helping me and for helping other girls, too!”
Morgan- Missouri: “With my tap shoes mom I will be able to not only make pretty music with my feet but make others smile.”
When asked what it meant to her to get new tap shoes from Pair2Share she said it makes her feel whole again and not sad so her mom didn’t have to worry about not being able to buy tap shoes for her. She said she can’t wait until she outgrows some so she can pass them on to Pair2Share for others!