The Repetto Foundation
Foundation "Danse pour la Vie"
In 2007, for the 60th anniversary of the brand, Jean-Marc Gaucher, Repetto's CEO, created the foundation 'Danse pour la Vie' with the goal to provide support to dance schools from all over the world which encourage the education and rehabilitation of children through artistic expression.
"Danse pour la Vie" foundation wishes to associate its name to projects on a human scale that use dance as an education, rehabilitation and personal development tool, the results of which are concrete and clearly visible.
It proposes a unique combination of art and humanitarianism. Because of a lack of money, some children do not dare to go into a dance school because of the expensive costs of the equipment.
Others practice this art with ballet slippers which are so damaged that their dreams to become a prima ballerina fade when their ballet slippers give up and their tights wear out.
This is the reason why the Foundation provides equipment (ballet slippers, pointe shoes, ballerinas, tights, etc) to children in dance schools selected from all over the world (Cuba, Haïti, South Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, amongst others).
For 'Danse pour la Vie', dancer clothes do not only have to be perfect aesthetically, above all it is a real learning tool of quality and self-confidence. To do the right movement when you have the right ballet slippers become easier and the dream is suddenly more attainable...
For Danse pour la Vie, dancer clothes do not only have to be perfect aesthetically, above all it is a real learning tool of quality and self-confidence.
Brazil, EDISCA: School of dance and social integration for children and teenagers. Its aim is to get children off the streets of the Fortaleza shantytown with dance and education.
We can also mention the support provided to the Franco-Ukrainian organisation, Les Petits Souliers, whose aim is to raise awareness of cultural wealth and human expectations of Ukraine in a particularly difficular context of social crisis, particularly by providing happiness to children.
In Cuba, the popular art ateliers. The Cuban Ministry of Culture wishes to promote "dance as an education factor". A programme of teaching and dance has been launched, for every municipality in the country. Ballet dance classes are given by teachers of the National Ballet School of Cuba, ensuring an exceptional academic and artistic rigour.
In South Africa, Dance For All is a non-profit-making organisation which teach dance to underpriviliged children and teenagers. DFA has a programme open to every community which offers dance classes every day.
In Haiti, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the 'Danse pour la Vie' foundation sent more than 15 000 dance items to provide support to young dancers.