Jurgita Dronina, here in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale, is one of the artists who donated pointe shoes for the fundraiser. Photo by Karolina Kuras, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada.

Buy Signed Pointe Shoes From Your Fave Dancers, Fight Child Slavery

If you just realized that we're almost halfway through November and you haven't figured out any of your holiday gift-giving yet (something we absolutely, positively, cannot relate to at all), we've got a little suggestion for the social-justice loving ballet nerd in your life courtesy of Cloud & Victory.


C&V is in the midst of their Pointes Against Child Slavery fundraiser. Through November 18, they're selling signed pointe shoes from international ballet stars ranging from National Ballet of Canada/English National Ballet principal dancer (and our August 2016 cover star) Jurgita Dronina to Houston Ballet demi-soloist Harper Watters. About two-thirds of the pairs of signed shoes are still up for grabs, and while they cost a pretty penny, proceeds from the shoes (which are currently priced between $100-$420) will benefit two humanitarian agencies fighting to protect children: US-based Destiny Rescue and Nepal's Promiseland Project. Plus, every purchase comes with a 15% discount voucher for the C&V store!

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It's no secret that we adore C&V. The clothing brand's Instagram alone frequently brightens our days (and cause bouts of giggling around the DM offices), not to mention their witty, ballet-nerd-chic t-shirts. And now that they're paying their success forward—well, we're swooning.

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CalArts dance students. Photo by Josh S. Rose, Courtesy CalArts

4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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