Vivi's Ballerina Dreams - A Photo Series Dedicated to Gelsey Kirkland and Dancers Love Dogs

Dancers Love Dogs

A series of photographs became the poster images for DANCERS LOVE DOGS, a magnanimous non-profit helping dogs in shelters.


Founded in May 2012, by Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, the organization is a true labor of love - a noble collaboration of dancers, dog lovers, and theaters in South Africa donate their time & energy to annual dance performances in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Each ticket pays for a sheltered dog's sterilization. Today, more than 12,000 sheltered dogs have been sterilized since the organization was founded.


The DANCERS LOVE DOGS poster features Gelsey Kirkland's pointe shoe

The photo series, Vivi's Ballerina Dreams, was inspired by one pair of magical pointe shoes worn by American prima ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland, in her 1978 performance of La Sylphide with American Ballet Theatre at the Met in Lincoln Center, NY.


Backstage, in her dressing room following her performance, Ms. Kirkland generously gifted her pair of worn pointe shoes to Vanessa.

Gelsey Kirkland's pointe shoes are a gift that keeps on giving.
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