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Teen Dancers Create Nonprofit That Donates Dance Clothes to Dancers Around the World

"It is the greatest feeling knowing that, every day, we are helping others."


By Ava And Sophia Paley December 17, 2019 

Donate 2 Dance sisters share their love
of dance with those in need

This Best Friend Friday, dancing sisters Ava and Sophia Paley, ages 14 and 12, open up about starting Donate 2 Dance, an organization that collects attire for young dancers in need. Plus, Tiler Peck, a New York City Ballet dancer, stops by with a surprise.


Today Show May 3, 2019 

Two Dance-Obsessed N.Y.C. Sisters Launch Charity to Help Aspiring Dancers in Need

Ava and Sophia Paley of the Upper West Side are "tapping it forward" to donate gently-used dance gear to those who need it most

By Sharon Kanter 

Donate 2 Dance: A Company That’s Making
A Real Shuffle Ball Change

Meet Ava and Sophia Paley; sisters, dancers, and successful entrepreneurs! Ava, 14 years old, and Sophia, 12 years old, are the proud founders of Donate 2 Dance, an organization that donates gently used dance costumes and shoes to dancers who can’t afford these items themselves. As dancers at SHUFFLES NYC, the sisters are talented tap dancers who have performed all types of dance ranging from jazz to hip hop. With more than 10 years of dance experience comes a lot of costumes and shoes. This realization the sisters had while cleaning out their closets served as their inspiration for Donate 2 Dance.


At Orlando Ballet our Community Enrichment programs focuses on the addressing the needs of the whole child. Donate2Dance has contributed tremendously in making every child in our STEPS program feel special. Your incredible contribution of dance wear levels the playing field.  There's no greater joy than to see  the sparkle in the students eyes when they receive they're Donate2Dance attire. Thank you Donate2Dance.

Charmaine Hunter

Director of Community Enrichment and Ballet Teacher

Donate2Dance has really helped us put our youngest dancers into tap shoes this summer. Imagine 70 new students getting tap for the first time! Thank you for making it possible!

Lynn Muller-Alisch

ACTE II Program Director & Performance Coordinator Rosie’s Theater Kids

The generosity and dedication of those at Donate2Dance exemplifies the power of a united community. Donations of dance shoes and costumes may seem like small gestures to some, but for Dancing Dreams it is an act of kindness that has resounding effects. The love and support that comes along with each  donation links us with the larger community and provides our dancers with the confidence and courage to perform onstage. We are so grateful to everyone at Donate2Dance for their hard work and are thrilled to have them as part of our Dancing Dreams family!

Joann Ferrara

Dancing Dreams Founder, Executive Director

It means so much to be able to have a pair of ballet slippers or jazz shoes when you have a passion for dance, yet don’t have the means to afford new shoes to practice or perform. Your generosity is a blessing!

Diane Dragone

Executive & Artistic Director, The Kennedy Dancers, Inc.

Donate2Dance has been so wonderful to us throughout the year! It is so much fun to receive our surprise packages full of awesome dancewear and costumes for our students on the autism spectrum. These two young girls are doing a great job of giving back. 

Thank you, thank you to Donate 2Dance! Ava & Sophia have given my students so much more than beautiful costumes & an abundance of dance shoes. They have given my students not only the opportunity to learn the art of dance but to become part of a team that instills school spirit, responsibility , confidence and friendships that they would not have had before our dance team was created. My students/dancers will carry these wonderful memories forever, and Ava & Sophia helped make this possible. Thank you again Donate 2Dance!❤️

Jessica Lopes

Special Education teacher\ Dance Team Director, The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School for Civic Leadership in Health and Science (P.S./I.S. 157)

Finding Donate2Dance was like waking up from a dream that would allow RYDE to not only provide affordable dance lesson to kids who may not otherwise have the means, but also provide dance wear, shoes, and dance accessories that they could be proud of. Well, my dream became a reality with Donate2Dance. When we started receiving shipments of beautiful costumes, dance shoes, tights, leotards, and dance bags....our families were so relieved, our dance students were super excited, and my heart was leaping for joy! Thank you, Donate2Dance for putting countless smiles on the faces of our students, our parents, and our community. We appreciate you all for showing our dance family the spirit of gratitude! 

Sherra Robinson, Founder 

Royal Youth Dance Ensemble (RYDE)

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We taped a segment about Donate2Dance with blogger, Alexa Curtis, who hosts “Fearless Everyday” on Radio Disney

Thanks to you, our dancers have been fitted with beautiful shoes this year. The expressions of joy on our dancers' faces after receiving a new pair of shoes are priceless.


We are extremely grateful for your continued support.

Laura Mangino


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Donate2Dance is a 501©3 non-profit organization that collects gently worn and new dance wear, tap/jazz/ballet shoes and costumes and donates the items to dance schools and dancers in need around the world.

The organization was started by dancers, Ava and Sophia Paley, who are from New York City. All money raised through GoFundMe and yearly bake sales goes towards shipping boxes of donations. To learn more or to become a Donate2Dance Ambassador in your local area please email 2dancers@donate2dance.org