Something to Consider as You Sort Through Your Holiday Gifts

This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in it all—the holiday parties, the shopping, the baking, the caroling, the Nutcrackering...

But one dance studio didn't let the holiday hustle and bustle distract them from what's really important: giving back to the community. Variations Dance Studio in Auburn, AL embodied the true spirit of the season by donating over 300 dance costumes to Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Each ballerina included a personalized note with her costume, signed as her character title from The Nutcracker.

Imagine a little girl receiving this costume (modeled by Christy Evans of Variations Dance Studio) from the Sugar Plum Fairy herself! (photo by Stacy Young)

It really warms the heart...doesn't it? So as you sort through your holiday gifts today, consider setting one aside for donation. You may find that giving it away feels twice as good as receiving it in the first place.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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