Ballet Slipper Program
What do you say when someone asks if you will accept a donation of ballet slippers for children and adults who need dance shoes? Naturally, you say, "Thank you. We would be glad to take them."
But then when they then tell you that they are donating 419 pairs of brand new slippers? First, you steady yourself on the desk and then you say, "Of course, we will take them and thank you so very much."
This windfall actually happened in January 2014. Demi Point Dance Shop of Charlottetown, PEI made their generous offer to Dance NS, because we are in a unique situation where we represent the dancing community as a whole and we are able to accept donations from people or groups towards a specific project or endeavour.
Since receiving the slippers we have been working on a program of distribution and are fortunate to have partnered with the HRM Recreation to store the shoes and help us put the shoes on the feet of children who could not afford to dance otherwise. THe program has distributed shoes to both children and adults through the province as well as donations of slippers to the Casta De Arte (The Art House) in the Dominican Republic (through the efforts of Johanna Hilchie of The National Ballet School).
As stated, these are new ballet slippers from brand names such as Angelo Luzio / BodyWrappers and Capezio, and are in children and adult sizes so we can help young and older children, as well as adults.
Although stored in Halifax, these slippers are available to Nova Scotian families in need. Please help us spread the word in your communities. Interested families can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 422-1749 to request shoes. Ballet slipper request forms are also available here:
Please complete the forms and mail them to Dance Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd. Halifax, NS B3H 4P7 or email the completed form to email@example.com
Dance NS is grateful to Demi Point Dance Shop, Charlottetown, for enabling so many children to follow their dreams.