5 petitions

Started 10 months 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
332 supporters
Update posted 1 year 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
1,848 supporters
Update posted 1 year 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
5,514 supporters