A Dancer’s Gift Guide

Liberty's Nutcracker window display

Grandma gets a pair of socks, dad gets his new power drill, and your little brother is all good to go with his brand new bike, but where does that leave you? Whether you're a dancer who needs to drop a hint to mom and dad, or you’re a friend who has no idea what you’re supposed to buy for your dancer friend… this gift guide is for you!

For the Ballerina… try the Ballet Glider. This sleeve wraps around the barre and helps you slide your foot to the next position during barre stretch.

For the competitive dancer… a new makeup organizer should do the trick. Companies like Ulta, Sephora, and Target carry makeup cases that will be useful for many competitions to come.

For the dancer who reads… head to the local book store for one of these great picks: Life in Motion by Misty Copeland, The Art of Movement by Ken Browar, or The Ballet Companion by Eliza Gaynor.

And for a stocking stuffer try “Silky Underwear” from Lush. This miracle product can be used on feet, hair, and the whole body to help keep a dancer smelling fresh… because no one likes the smell of post rehearsal dancer feet.

Happy holidays and happy hunting Pluggers! Tis the season for shopping mayhem.

photo: Liberty's Royal Ballet Nutcracker window display

What to Watch at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Good news dancers - Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Well, you probably knew that already, but we thought we'd remind you. It's a day of food, family, and of course - REST. We know how hard you work, so, if you can, unplug and take the whole day off!

There's no better way to kick off the day than by snuggling up with someone you love - be it family, friend, lover or perhaps cat - and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! This time-honored tradition has been kicking off the holiday season since 1924. And this years lineup is chalk full of faces and shows you may recognize. Here's what to look out for tomorrow:

Leslie Odom Jr.

This beloved Hamilton star will be singing and dancing alongside some other treasured furry friends - the cast of Sesame Street.

98 Degrees

Every child of the 90's third favorite boy band will be strutting their stuff on top of Hallmark Channel's float "Heartwarming Holiday Countdown."

Anastasia

The cast of one of Broadway's newest musicals will perform selections from the show outside the iconic facade of Macy's in Herald Square.

Once on This Island

The upcoming revival will feature moves by choreographer Camille A. Brown.

Cheerleaders of America

Any cheerleaders-turned-dancers out there? Some of the nations shining stars will pound the pavement and shake those pom-poms outside Macy's.

Legs for days, amiright?

What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below!

MSA Says Hello to the South

MSASouth

Get ready ya'll - McDonald and Selznick Associates is coming to Atlanta, Georgia to open their MSASouth branch.

The agency that is famous for representing dancers, choreographers, artists, and more is setting up a new shop in the Georgia state. Atlanta has been a hotbed of commercial opportunities for quite awhile; the talent is booming, and MSA is ready to tap into the scene! From ballroom dancers to the city's most famous socialites, MSASouth is ready for the South to bring the heat! And who will be the main man in charge? That would be producer and social media guru Toni Thomas, who has over twenty years of experience.

So what are the downfalls? Well, if there’s going to be a MSA opening in every big city, will they still be able to hold up their standards? As of right now the agency represents some of the best talent in the U.S., but you always run the risk of having a lack of consistency when you have multiple locations. On the other hand, this could mean a whole new batch of talent and a whole new level of diversity for MSA. We will just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, if you're in the area, you can look forward to their big launch event, which will include special guest appearances and performances. You can check out the party lineup via eventbrite

Pointe Shoes Are Saving Lives

Cloud & Victory

Once again, the dance world is joining together for a cause. The brand Cloud & Victory has created an initiative called Pointes Against Childhood Slavery, and ALL of the proceeds are going to worthy causes.

Up for grabs are signed pairs of pointe shoes from American Ballet Theatre Principal Isabella Boylston, Boston Ballet Principal Ashley Ellis, English National Ballet First Artist Precious Adams, and The Royal Ballet First Artist Demelza Parish.

However they are selling fast! You’ll want to head on over to their website if you’re interested in buying a pair. The shoes cost anywhere from $100 to $420, and it comes with both shoes signed and used (hopefully the smell is sold separately...). The entire profit will be donated to several humanitarian causes such as Destiny Rescue and the Promiseland Project, which are organizations that help children who are in slavery and are being sexual exploited. They service countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, India, and Nepal.

So if you’re a collector of rare items and you want to support an amazing cause, or you need a special Christmas gift for the ballerina in your life, you should definitely check this opportunity out. Either way, the pointe shoes will be off the market tomorrow, so shimmy on over to their website!