“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.”
“I am honored to be an Ambassador for Shades Dancewear, and proud to be a part of a brand that represents diversity. I love wearing ballet shoes and ballet tights that match my skin tone. I love Shades Dancewear!”
“I love Shades Dancewear: I feel like myself when I wear tights and ballet shoes that are my skin tone match. When I’m 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!”
“I support Shades Dancewear because I believe every dancer deserves to feel comfortable in what they are wearing and believe that dancewear should be inclusive for everyone. Being an Ambassador means that I get to educate people on the importance on inclusivity and representation in the dance industry.”
“I 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!”
“I 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 it’s making within the industry.”
“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.
“I absolutely love this brand and everything it stands for. Dancers can embrace who they are, feel confident and look great.”
“I am excited and honoured to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador as I believe that diversity and inclusivity is important within the dance industry. I love to perform on stage and I am fearless and unstoppable when I can truly be myself. Wearing Shades Dancewear, the only store in the UK that stocks a colour to match my skin tone, allows me to be and feel myself. I want to be a part of the growth and change that is so desperately needed and to show other black and brown young people like me, that we do matter! #bethechangeyouwanttosee. Be the best you.”
“Being 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.”
“I love being on stage singing, dancing, and acting. I support Shades Dancewear because Shades Dancewear supports me to look and feel my best when performing. I am proud to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador and would recommend it. #danceforall.”
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“I 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.”
“I am so happy and excited to continue spreading the message of inclusion in dance.”
“I 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.”
“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.”
“I 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?”
“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.”
“To have shoes in your own skin tone is a real change in the Ballet world. Some of my dance friends still wear the pink ones. It would be a great privilege to be able to make more dancers aware that they can get Ballet shoes, socks and tights to match their skin tone.”
“I 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.”
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.
“I am so proud to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador. I love the products so much and wear them with pride. The Shades team are so friendly and encouraging! I am proud of my skin and my ethnicity and Shades embraces that”
“I support Shades Dancewear because I believe it is important that correct representation in our industry becomes a subject of high focus. Being able to represent this brand as an ambassador allows me to be a key part of the necessary change that is needed in our industry and that fills me with great joy!”
I am so glad to be a Shades Dancewear Ambassador because it’s 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 don’t match their skin tone. I’m glad that Shades Dancewear and the TIRED Movement is making this easier for all.’
“Sofia 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.”