Keep Tinker Bell on Her Toes All Season Long

North Carolina Dance Theatre

99% of $9,945
$1 of $9,945 to go
Terms and Conditions

About This Project

My pointe shoes are the most important thing I wear, whether I’m in the studios rehearsing or sprinkling my fairy dust across the stage. Can you believe that it has already taken three pair of pointe shoes to support me in the role of Tinker Bell? And that’s just the shoes I’ve worn during Peter Pan. Since joining NC Dance Theatre in July, I’ve already been through 25 pair of pointe shoes, and I expect to wear many more in the coming months.

My shoes become a part of me when I dance, almost like an extension of my body. They must be molded and tailored specifically to my feet to provide the best support. I have strong toes but a moderate arch, and I need a wide box-shaped top to help me balance.

My pointe shoes also withstand a lot of wear and tear. Sometimes they only last a day, but other times, they can make it up to two weeks. You can imagine how many pointe shoes I go through each season!

I am fortunate that Dance Theatre provides these shoes for me so that I am able to safely challenge myself to excel on stage.  Dance Theatre spends over $3,000 each season on my pointe shoes alone.  And there are seven other ballerinas in our Company with the same pointe shoe needs!  

With your donation, you can help pay for the pointe shoes I’ve already worn and buy the many more I will need through the remainder of the season! You can also help my friends who joined me on stage in Peter Pan: Wendy and Tiger Lily! For a limited time, Wells Fargo is also providing a 1:1 match for this project to help us find supporters and double the impact of each gift. We need your help, and every dollar counts – give today and make twice the difference!

PROJECT BUDGET

Phase I of Power2give “On Pointe: NCDT Shoe Project” 
  • 1 ballerina x average of 39 shoes/year @ $85/pair =$3,315
  • 3 ballerinas x average of 39 shoes/year @ $85/pair = $9,945
  • Total Costs: 8 ballerinas x average of 39 shoes/year @$85 per pair =$26,520

Donor Benefits

Benefits:

ALL donors receive the opportunity to help provide Tinker Bell (dancer Emily Ramirez), Wendy (dancer Jamie Dee), and Tiger Lily (dancer Melissa Anduiza) with the pointe shoes they need throughout the season, recognition on Dance Theatre’s website and a thank you from Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

  • Donate $85 to provide Emily, Jamie or Melissa with 1 pair of pointe shoes and receive the above; PLUS a thank you letter from one of these dancers.
  • Donate $276 to provide Emily, Jamie or Melissa with pointe shoes for 1 month and receive the above; PLUS an invitation to watch them rehearse during a Dance Theatre Sneak Preview.
  • Donate $1,656 to provide Emily, Jamie or Melissa with pointe shoes for 6 months and receive the above; PLUS an invitation for two (2) to a private meet-and-greet with them after a Dance Theatre Sneak Preview.
  • Donate $3,315 to provide Emily, Jamie or Melissa with all the pointe shoes they will need for the 2012-13 Season and receive the above; PLUS one keepsake pair of the pointe shoes you bought, worn and autographed by one of them.