Help this boy get to SFB!

A mom saw this post on a Facebook group and forwarded it on to me. So, I did my digging, and found out that this boy really needs our help to get to San Francisco Ballet School. Meet Joe Dufty from rural NSW Australia!

Photos courtesy of his mom.

It isn’t a secret that this coveted school is expensive, and for someone coming from across the Pacific, it is even more expensive. The crazy part? He isn’t even asking to help fundraise the full amount needed to attend. He is looking to raise less than half of the costs of attending and has already raised a fifth of his goal. So ballet world, it is that time of the year when children are getting their acceptances to their dream schools, but realizing that being accepted wasn’t the hard part… committing financially is. So, I am humbly asking you this fundraising season to help one of the many dancers I will be posting over the next month. Yes, I know, it is obnoxious that I am constantly asking for your financial help, but these kids really do need it. Please donate a few dollars to help him reach his goal via his go fund me!


If you are looking for help fundraising to attend a year-round school, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Why Dancers Should Be Financially Compensated for Social Media

Every time I am about to start a blog post, the world we live in drastically changes, thus causing me to reevaluate what I post. In the latest post, I was going to be writing about Ballet West returning to the stage but this morning Utah put a limit to no more than 10 on social gatherings. So, I am assuming this is going to affect Ballet West’s return to the stage.

Meanwhile, across the world YAGP has successfully hosted the international heats, while the American heats are up in the air and this overwhelming case of uncertainty gives me anxiety.

Like most schools and companies across the US, this pandemic has ravaged business, destroyed dreams, and plagued students. 

The efforts of mask wearing is exhausting, but in my experience works extremely well. But, not everyone in the dance world wants to follow suit, which is totally fine. Everyone is entitled to run their business how they see fit, this isn’t a political post. 

But for me personally, the pandemic has taken its toll on my soul. The art and world that I love so dearly is crumbling. The uncertainty of ballet companies being able to hire over the next three years is grim. The possibility that every pre-professional school will be flooding their programs for dollars, when it’s time to re-open is very high. And ballet companies seem to not want to reinvent themselves during this time, leaving them institutions of the past.

Dancers have this way of living in the past, reminiscing about “the good days,” and have this inherent love for nostalgia. Remembering the Balanchine Era or the Ballet Russes era, the power houses of that brought down the house of the 80’s, the technicians and tricksters of the 90’s, and the primas of the early 00’s. Each of these times seem to be revisited, talked about, and glorified. But it’s time to move on and look forward if we want to save the art and world we live in.

So, what is next?

Ballet and being relatable. There are dancers of this generation making ballet accessible and relatable- but it seems their employers don’t want to recognize or finance their efforts. In today’s world of Instagram and Social Media influencers, there is an affiliates program. Programs that you make money off of when you are responsible for a lead or sale. While I see these dancers attempting to help their organizations, most aren’t being compensated for it. And yes, it is a team effort to save these organizations that we all love so much, but dancers should be compensated for the work that they are doing. 

Crowdfunding and sourcing is a big part of today’s world, and it would be more effective for ballet companies if companies were more accessible but the reality is that these companies aren’t accessible, the dancers are. 

Then you have influencers who are not affiliated with companies that are doing exceptional things, and they should be compensated as well. There are individual artist platforms like Patreon that help individual artists thrive to create digital media content. But, collectively, being conscious that the world we love so much isn’t progressing because of executive directors, but because individual people, dancers, and influencers keep creating content that is relevant. 

These individuals on Instagram are literally the mouthpiece and physical representation of these organizations. What would ABT or PNB be without their star-studded rosters? And these social media superstars are the driving force behind asking for donations. I see all these dancers advertising their digital seasons, asking for donations, and even seeing the links in their profiles. They should have affiliate links, so companies can track who is bringing in what. It’s not that hard to create individually tracked links. But, if their world is out of touch with how social media works… well they can call me 🙂

Lastly, in this ever-changing world, a thought that has been constantly on my mind is…. Are unions like AGMA and the theatre union helping or hindering ballet?

What are your thoughts?

RDT’s FINAL PUSH TO NUTCRACKER

Redlands Dance Theatre goes nuts

Nutcracker is just around the corner, and we are in desperate need of everyone’s help! We are three weeks away from Nutcracker and Redlands Dance Theatre has run into a financial bind. RDT needs to raise roughly $5,000 by December 5, 2015 to finish out the Winter Season. This $5,000 covers:
-Pointe Shoes for Dancers
-Small Stipends for Professional Dancers
-Theatre Costs
-Costumes for Waltz and Snow
-Head Pieces
-Programs/Playbills

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You can donate on our website at www.RedlandsDanceTheatre.org