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sARA - Founder

My name is Sara, and I am a high school freshman from Chicago. I have been dancing since the age of two. Over the years, I’ve danced jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern, acro, musical theater, and more! Dance has given me a means to express myself, a way to feel comfortable expressing myself in front of audiences, and more confident in my own skin. 


Competing has brought me a multitude of new friends and dance “families,” and helped me to develop a work ethic, resilience, and stamina. Competitions have taken me all the way to Florida (where I won at nationals!), and this year, I’ll be dancing in Arizona. 


I’ve been so fortunate to be able to dance throughout my life. However, I understand that there are costs associated with dancing and competing that make it inaccessible to some people. That is why I founded Dressed to Dance: to eliminate barriers to dance.

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shilpa - Executive director

Shilpa is based in Chicago and is thrilled to be a part of Dressed to Dance! She has a BA in Applied Math from Northwestern University, an MBA from The University of Chicago, and a Masters of Gastronomy from The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Most recently, she headed Operations for an upcycling food startup and is passionate about preventing waste (of all types!) and helping the environment. Follow her adventures at Arcadian Fare.



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