The spirit of Sedalia’s community service was represented at this year’s Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Crowded in the back of a mini van, 52 tutus traveled 664 miles to be apart of the excitement. The tutus were handmade by the students at Studio A Dance Conservatory and delivered to the patients at Our Lady of The Lake hospital in Baton Rouge.
Christina Stratton, Miss Missouri Teen USA, a dancer at Studio A, and her mother, Victoria, rented a mini van and made the 11-hour trek as a part of her not-for-profit organization, TravelingTutus.net.
“I started this organization to share my love of dance with children who don’t have the opportunity to participate in formal dance education,” 16-year-old Stratton said. “I go to hospitals and deliver tutus and we dance. I have delivered over 150 tutus across the state of Missouri.”
Stratton hosted a tutu party at Studio A and the dancers donated their tutus for her cause.
She later received an invitation from the Miss Universe organization to bring the tutus for the Miss Teen USA appearance.
“It was perfect timing. All of the Teen queens went with me to visit the patients and the entire hospital joined the fun. There were doctors and staff wearing tutus and they called it TUTU Amazing day,” Stratton said.
Stratton and the other Miss Teen USA contestants spent the week making appearances and participating in the Miss USA activities which included a Chinese Laundry shoe fashion show at Macy’s, pool parties, a tour of the Magnolia Mound plantation, a Kendra Scott styling event and meet and greets across the city.
Stratton will represent Missouri in the Miss Teen USA pageant in August in the Bahamas. Follow her journey to the crown on Facebook or at www.christinastratton.net.