July 27, 2020 – For all dancers big and small, here is some good news. Forget the days of searching for needles and pins to keep those pointe shoes in order, or not having something to eat after a grueling dance session. The Dance Aid Kit is here, all customizable and ready to be delivered with all the essential and emergency items a student dancer might need.
The first ever of its kind, the Dance Aid Kit performs the same role as a first aid kit, but is meant for dancers to never be left without essential items. Created by Naelah Sharif-Harris, a student dancer herself at the Alvin Ailey’s Certificate Program, the Dance Aid Kid allows a student to easily create one for themselves on its online page.
The personalized Dance Aid Kit can have anything – from hair pins and dance tights to gel tip top pillows, stitch kits, toe tapes, snacks, beauty accessories and more. To create one, simply go to the online dance kit making page – select the items needed by clicking on them, and these will be automatically added to the cart. Once the items have been bought, they will be dispatched every month like a subscription box service. There are two types of kits available – the student dance aid kit and a dorm dancer kit.
“I have started the first-ever dance supply subscription company, Dance Aid Kit, for dancers on their way to college. My mission is to fix the problems that parents and dancers face, especially those who are not living in a city. The Dance Aid Kid is especially intended for those dancers who have moved away from home for higher education,” says Naelah Sharif-Harris.
Naelah wants to make dance less expensive, especially for those dancers who face financial issues. She is also trying to infuse diversity into the dance world. The Instagram page of the brand shows POC in various dance forms, and the mascot or logo of the kit is a Black ballerina and nurse, reflecting the emergency aspect of the kit.
Another great service of the Dance Aid Kit is the upcoming sponsorship program. Naelah wants to help dancers who can’t afford dancing supplies. Anyone who wants to support the arts and wishes to contribute can visit the website and extend a helping hand with full sponsorship of a dancer in need of dancing supplies. Also coming up is a pointe shoe fund to help dancers with this essential item. The donation and sponsorship initiatives are expected to go live in August 2020.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Naelah Sharif-Harris began to attend a ballet class when she was only two years old. Moving across various states, Naelah went on to attend Georgia Ballet in 2013 and then trained for four years at the Georgia Dance Conservatory. In 2015, she visited Spain for a month of dance training and fell in love with modern dance. In 2017, she began training at the Atlanta Ballet, and then moved to New York City to train with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to pursue her dreams.
For more information, please visit: www.danceaidkit.com