4 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to BLOCH , Capezio , sansha , Move Dancewear, So Danca

Get companies like Bloch and Capezio to sell vegan dance shoes online and in store

As the animal rights movement grows and more people switch to a vegan diet, the demand for more vegan options increases, especially in the performing arts industry. For those who don't know, dance shoes are made with leather and/or suede by-products from animals, and certain glues that dance footwear companies use to hold some materials together can include gelatin, which is created by boiling animal tissues. Those who have adopted a vegan diet choose not to contribute to the sales of these products. Performing arts colleges and dance companies often have strict uniform policies where you are required to only purchase from specific brands like Bloch and Capezio. After personally asking Bloch and Capezio whether or not they had much interest in vegan shoes I found out that they do indeed get a high demand, so why have they not made them available to buy in store or online? Bloch informed me that they had once attempted to produce a vegan shoe but it had fell through due to ‘lack of durability’. Whereas Capezio have managed to produce a durable vegan shoe but only in one single design of each dance style and unless you email the company directly you are lead to believe that vegan shoes aren’t even available because their website does not state that a custom vegan option is available. From my research it would seem as though only a few small companies produce vegan dance shoes, but at whacking prices and I have only been able to find one vegan jazz shoe with a company that still charges 3 times the usual value. Many vegan dance students that I have been in contact with have told me that that they are unable to afford to pay the extra fee for vegan shoes - shoes that should in fact be cheaper in price due to the use of less-expensive materials. Oh and did I mention that Capezio offers the vegan jazz shoe for £150... and fifty pence? Students who struggle to afford dance wear have had to go against what they believe in and have had to purchase an animal product. That can be excruciatingly upsetting. You might be thinking “you are offered one vegan shoe, is that not enough?” and the answer would be no, it is most definitely not. I would like to express the significance of the amount of options dancers get when it comes to dance shoes. For non-vegans there are 33 ballet slipper options on the Bloch website, as well as 25 jazz shoes, 21 contemporary foot undies, 20 tap shoes, 26 ballroom & Latin shoes and 14 character shoes. Whilst Capezio have 10 options of ballet slippers, 13 tap, 11 jazz, 7 ballroom, 9 lyrical/modern foot undies and 6 character shoes. A majority of these shoes from both companies are made with canvas and so all that would need amending would be the small suede foot patch at the bottom of the shoes and from the evidence discovered the big picture is that they CAN produce and sell vegan dance shoes. Why should vegan performers be treated any different from performers who choose to wear animal skin on their feet? I ask for anyone, be it dancer or not, to sign the petition to convince Bloch and Capezio and other dance shoe manufacturers that there are enough people out there who want vegan dance shoes available to easily buy in store and online to all, and at their righteous price. Thank you.

Eve Esson
97 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to

Please allow Beginner, Novice & Intermediate dancers to compete at Skye's Highland Games

A little more than four weeks ago, the Skye Highland games took place, once again drawing an international crowd of competitors and spectators. Games day creates a buzz like no other in the village of Portree, and is so exciting for all involved. Unfortunately another year has passed with Skye's own dancers unable to compete at their local games. The Skye Games Committee have refused, in spite of many attempts by local Highland dance group Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich, to move with the times. While almost every other Highland Games runs a registered dance competition, the Skye Games Committee continue to insist on running an Open only competition. For those unfamiliar with Highland dancing rules and terminology, this means that dancers working through the rankings, competing to attain stamps and sitting exams to attain grades, are unable to take part while dancers who have never earned a stamp, as well as those who are through the rankings of Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate, are free to take to the stage. In practical terms, this means that over 40 of our Skye-based dancers, as well as countless from elsewhere, who travel far and wide to compete, are excluded from the Skye Games. Of course, we understand that the Skye Games do attract world-class Highland dancers, and indeed Champions, and while this is wonderful, no dancer ever became a champion without first going through the ranks! It is so disheartening that some members of the committee appear to have no interest in developing talent, disregarding the young up-and-coming dancers so eager to tread the boards in the most iconic of locations. We annually visit the games in both South and North Uist and are welcomed with open arms to their Official Board Registered Competitions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to offer the same hospitality in return? This is not, however, just a local issue. There are dancers the world over who would dearly love to compete in Skye, in fact, one school travelled all the way from Canada to enter, only to be bitterly disappointed when not one of their pre-premier dancers was able to take part. Lee Vossler from Diamond V Highland Dance said: “I had the great pleasure of bringing my dance school to Scotland during the summer of 2016. Being Canadian, we were all very excited, and of course used the experience to also see the beautiful country and sites. We decided that Skye would be one stop during our trip, and that we would dance at the Highland games. We were blown away by the number of competitors and tourists the community could bring in with their games. It was truly spectacular and so great for the village of Portree. It was with much disappointment that we realized this was an unsanctioned event, therefore the pre-premier dancers were unable to dance; a real disappointment for the little ones who just wanted to dance, and didn't really understand that the "rules" say they can't. We did have a wonderful time at the games, and it would have certainly been nice for everyone to dance, as this was the main purpose of our trip. I hope to bring my dancers back in a couple of years and would love for this to be another destination point for us as it was so beautiful, and very welcoming.” D.A.E.S. are most appreciative of ongoing support and investment received from the local community thus far. Interest in Highland Dancing continues to grow and the dedication and enthusiasm of teacher, parents, and pupils are evident. This school which started off with 12 pupils when established on a formal basis in 2009 now has 75 dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 21, attending weekly classes at present. We would like to ask the people of Skye whom we are proud to represent, as well as Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate dancers from all over the world, their teachers and families, to support us in our request to the Isle of Skye Games Committee : Please Hold a Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Registered Competition.

Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich
1,830 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to STMPD RCRDS, Sam Riback

Release Martin Garrix & Ed Sheeran's "Rewind Repeat It"

During an interview on Radio 538 with Martin Garrix, he told Coen and Sander that the collaboration with Ed Sheeran known as "Rewind Repeat It" will most likely not be released due to the two labels, STMPD RCRDS & Atlantic Records not being able to agree on a release date.  “It's all label issues and a lot of headaches,” Garrix says. “It was going to be an official track, so we postponed all my other singles, but the label delayed the track because they wanted to release other tracks from Ed first. At one point, it was two years ago, I didn't release a radio single for five, six months. So, then you get annoyed. So, I don't think we're ever going to release the track.” This is now down to the fate of the fans wanting the song to be released; if we show enough love surely there could be a possible chance! (No promises!) Martin Garrix has had global success with his singles, his most recent being "Scared To Be Lonely (feat. Dua Lipa)". He also scored success with "Animals" "Don't Look Down (feat. Usher)" and "In The Name Of Love (feat. Bebe Rexha)". Ed Sheeran has had more of a success with his songs, including "Sing" "Thinking Out Loud" and "Photograph". His 2017 album, Divide, stormed the UK Global Top 50 Chart on Spotify. There is really nothing to loose both sides - the song would be a global success, as both Ed and Martin have a MASSIVE fanbase!  Links: Radio 538 Interview with Martin Garrix Billboard: Martin Garrix Says Ed Sheeran Collab Probably Won't Ever Be Released YouTube video with lyrics (two mixes combined) MTV: Martin Garrix Talks Ed Sheeran, Ultra Music Festival & ‘Rewind Repeat It’

Tristan Barraclough
5,425 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Carey Academy, Birmingham, UK, @CLRGIrishDance, Seamus & Aine O'Se

#Don’t Dance for Israel. #Don’t Shame Our Name. Call off your participation in the "1st Israeli Feis" which ignores the appeal of the Palestinian people to Boycott, Divest and Sanction, BDS, the Apartheid state of Israel.

An Open Appeal to Carey Academy, Seamus & Aine O’Se, @OIDance, Anthony Davis, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha and all Irish Dancers at home in Ireland and worldwide. The Palestinian activist community based in Ireland has recently learned of your intentions to hold the ‘First Israeli Feis’ in Tel Aviv on 15th August 2015. To say that we, and all other right thinking people, are deeply troubled by this decision is an understatement. In 1948, the state of Israel was established by methodically dispossessing and ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 native Palestinian people in order to create an exclusivist Jewish state. To this day, Israel has denied Palestinian refugees, currently exceeding more than 7 million people, their internationally recognized right to return to their homes. Israel continues unabated and with impunity with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress, and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland and still on a daily basis, they expel native Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and the Negev. This apartheid state maintains over 50 racist laws that discriminate against its “non-Jewish” citizens including over 60,000 African migrants who have crossed into the country seeking shelter as refugees, often fleeing persecution in their home countries. Instead of offering them protection, Israel regards the African migrants as a threat to the “character of the Jewish identity of the state”. Under its racist laws African asylum seekers can and are being imprisoned for up to a year. Even Jews of Ethiopian origin were attacked forcibly this year in Israel when protesting against widespread Israeli discrimination, based on their colour. We could go on and list thousands of examples of Israel’s crimes against humanity. We could tell you all about the siege of Gaza where since 2007, Israel has blockaded a section of Palestine, turning the Gaza Strip into an open air concentration camp, restricting one million Palestinians not only in their movement, but preventing trade and export to and from Gaza and blocking by land, sea and air, foodstuffs, medicines and educational supplies. We could tell you how Israel has over 500 checkpoints and barriers across occupied Palestine and how, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 10% of pregnant Palestinian women were forced to endure labour or childbirth at a checkpoint between 2000 and 2007, resulting in the death of at least 35 babies and five women during the seven-year period We could tell you that Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, an act which will soon carry a 20 year sentence and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military court system. We could tell you how in the summer of 2014, Israel went on a month long killing spree that left over 2000 defenceless people dead including four little boys who were murdered as they played beach soccer and how Israel recently investigated itself and found itself ‘not guilty’ of this crime. We could tell you more. But will you listen? Or will you go ahead with your performance in Israel, the moral equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era. Will you be the voice for the Palestinian people who have asked the world to boycott Israel in an effort to bring pressure upon this rotten, apartheid, criminal state? Please don’t stand on the wrong side of history. Don’t Dance for Israel. Don’t Shame Our Name. Sincerely, Irish Palestinian Activists Collective  

amanda crawford
2,720 supporters