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!

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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While its doors remain closed, New York City's The Joyce Theater is bringing dance to a digital stage via JoyceStream. The fall programming kicked off on Tuesday with works by Ate9, CONTRA-TIEMPO, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Far From The Norm. Those videos will be available until October 19, and more will be announced shortly.

This piece, "Can't Kill Us All" from British hip-hop collective Farm From The Norm, is a collaboration between artistic director Botis Seva, filmmaker Ben Williams and composer Torben Lars Sylvest. Commissioned by The Space and BBC Arts, supported by Arts Council England and Sadler's Wells, the film follows a Black man dealing with both lockdown and the trauma of racism.