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Shades Ambassadors

What are the benefits of becoming a Shades Ambassador ?

Becoming an ambassador for Shades Dancewear will offer several benefits to dancers who are passionate about dance and diversity. Here are a few reasons why becoming a Shades Dancewear ambassador could be an exciting opportunity for you:

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Sofia McDonald

u201cSofia has been a Shades Dancewear Ambassador for a year now and has enjoyed representing Shades at trade events like Move It.

She has loved raising awareness of the different shades available to young dancers and loves her RAVEN shade.

Sofia has been selected to join the CYD? Dancestar Company for 2023 and looks forward to continuing to represent Shades Dancewear at the Dance World Cup and other events throughout the year.u201d

Philippa Peterkin

u201cI have enjoyed ballet dancing since the age of four and use dance to express myself. Having the correct dancewear gives me confidence when performing and makes me feel like I fit in. By being a Shades Dancewear Ambassador I hope other girls and boys will be inspired to be proud of who they are too. #igotmyshade.u201d

Jaxon Stewart

u201cI love representing shades dancewear as I now am able to wear dancewear that matches my skin tone and also my friends are able to too. It makes me feel proud to be able to support shades dancewear.u201d

Amiyah Josephs

“I support Shades Dancewear because it shows dancers of Global Majority that they are seen in the industry and that there is a place for us. Seeing dancewear in all sizes in multiple different shades with appropriate and powerful names means that you’re accepted as a Dancer.”

Ana-Lucia Gonzalez

u201cI love Shades Dancewear: I feel like myself when I wear tights and ballet shoes that are my skin tone match. When Iu2019m working with my other ambassadors, I feel so proud and strong. We are all being ourselves and embracing our ethnicity. No one is left out and I love that!u201d

Ebony Rose Davis

u201cI am honoured to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador. It is such an important role to educate others on the issue of diversity and inclusion within the arts. I fully support representation of all ethnicities and I absolutely love working and representing Shades Dancewear!u201d

Emma Lineham

u201cI love supporting Shades Dancewear as I love being able to share the joy of finding dancewear that suits my skin and I love seeing the change itu2019s making within the industry.u201d

Ezra Shabazz Scarlett

“I am an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the world of dance. As a black dancer, I recognize the necessity of dancewear that complements darker skin tones and celebrates diversity. I am honored to serve as an ambassador for Shades Dancewear, a company committed to designing dancewear that is inclusive and accessible to dancers of all skin tones. As an ambassador for Shades Dancewear, I am able to share my personal experiences and insights regarding how dancewear affects a dancer’s confidence, comfort, and overall performance. By representing Shades Dancewear, I am able to assist in breaking down barriers and fostering a more inclusive dance community in which everyone can feel confident and proud to express themselves through the art of dance. I’m thrilled to be a part of a movement that promotes such diversity and acceptance, and I look forward to continuing to support Shades Dancewear’s mission to design dancewear that celebrates and welcomes all skin tones.

Freya Smith

u201cI absolutely love this brand and everything it stands for. Dancers can embrace who they are, feel confident and look great.u201d

Georgia Kongolo

u201cBeing able to get nude tone shoes and tights the same as every other dancer, gives me the confidence to perform at my best. I am so proud to be a part of Shades Dancewear.u201d

Josiah Treloar

u201cI love being a Shades Dancewear Ambassador because I am proud to support a dancewear brand that caters for dancer with black and brown skin tones. It is so important for dancewear to become more inclusive and easily available to dancers with darker skin tones. One day I would love to see all dancers being able to go into any dance shop and be able to buy the shade of dancer wear to suit them no matter their skin colour. With the right dancewear, all dancers with darker skin tones will be able to feel more confident and comfortable when performing. Every dancer deserves to look and feel good about themselves in their dance wear regardless of the skin they are in.u201d

Jasmine Amartey

u201cI am so happy and excited to continue spreading the message of inclusion in dance.u201d

Kingsley Golding

“I am proud to be an ambassador for Shades Dancewear. It’s amazing to represent a brand that’s committed to making dance wear accessible and inclusive. Shades is the first dance brand globally to provide four shades of dance belts. Now I can wear something that matches my skin tone – representation matters.”

Lily Reyes

u201cI am so proud to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador. Dance is a passion, a lifestyle and a career for so many people, and to feel truly welcome in this industry, everyone needs and deserves to be represented and included. Shades allows people to buy dance wear that perfectly matches their skin tone. Allowing us all to proudly embrace our ethnicity and retain our identity! I wear Pearl and love all of my beautiful products. I got my shade – have you?u201d

Malikea Smith

“I am proud to be an Ambassador for Shades Dancewear as I share their beliefs that dancewear should be inclusive for all. For years I have felt uncomfortable wearing pink tights for Ballet as they didn’t look the same on me as they did my friends, against my skin tone they made my legs look like they weren’t mine. Then I found Shades, and after matching with my Colour Match Swatch I found that Ailey was my shade, and I haven’t looked back since. Since wearing Shades products I sometimes forget that I am wearing shoes and tights as the colour match is so close to my skin tone. It may seem like something so small but makes such a big difference to so many.”

Parys St Clair

I support Shades Dancewear as I believe everyone should be able to easily access dancewear that matches their skin tone perfectly without having to settle for the nearest thing they can find. It’s important for dancers to be able to express their true selves and be as confident as they can be. Having dancewear that matches my skin tone helps me to be more confident in class which overall helps me to perform to the best of my ability.

Ramzy

I am so glad to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador because itu2019s really important to me that everyone can dance and have the right support no matter their skin tone or gender. Dancers should stand out because of their talent and not because their clothes donu2019t match their skin tone. Iu2019m glad that Shades Dancewear and the TIRED Movement is making this easier for all.u2019u00a0

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