Scott W. Lewis doesn’t shoot professionally and has no background in dance, but has captured many magic moments with a camera. First, he photographed his daughters for keepsakes, later turning it into a hobby that’s put his work on the cover of Dance Studio Life and right here on Dance Advantage.
Dance is what Moncho Vallejos knows. It’s the family business and his sister is a dancer. “That’s how I became interested in dancing. On top of performing it, capturing it in moments,” he says. See this captured moment from “Operación Bailarina Estudio 4: Gala”, an event that brought together some of the best dancers in Yucatán, Mexico and guest performers from Camagüey, Cuba’s own city ballet.
Austin, TX photographer, Josh Brewster thinks the best dance images are the ones where you have to ask ‘What were they doing to reach that position and shape?’ He values the collaborative process that takes place between photographer and dancer in the studio. Find out which famous painting comes to Josh’s mind when regarding this image of young, Austin Meiteen (age 11).
The dancer in this photo, Julia dances with Houston Repertoire Ballet. The photo is one in a series Melissa took while on a trip to New York City. After watching American Ballet Theatre’s dress rehearsal for Swan Lake along side Ethan Steifel and Jared Matthews, the girls were inspired to dance (naturally), and Melissa suggested they head to Central Park.
Kimene Slattery-Ching is a Queensland based award winning dance photographer offering on site, on location, or in studio dance portfolios for dancers. She is a former dancer and maintains a keen interest in rehabilitative – expressive dance movement, Kimene has also turned to her camera to combine her two loves – dance and photography. This photo dramatically depicts a ballet dancer in blue and white chiffon, arching her back against the billowing fabric.
Paolo Santos came to photography by way of film making. He got his first digital SLR camera strictly to create time lapse sequences for his work in 2005. When the camera was not taking time lapse, he was snapping images here and there and finally, one day decided to get serious with it. This image was taken outdoors in Utah and it features his wife, Caroline Sicard.
“One day I got together with one of my students and we decided to experiment with the camera in the studio. Out of all the photos from that day the featured photo is one of my favourites. I have been enjoying experimenting with dance and photography over the past three years and I look forward to learning more. Dance is my passion. Directing girls in front of the camera is my new form of dancing.”
Dubbing these “Random Acts of Dance,” Randy describes the journey through Albuquerque’s city streets. “We started our Sunday morning at a Starbucks Coffee located at the Albuquerque Uptown mall to plan our day. We then took the photo shoot to a local park, and then ended up on Central Ave. (old Route 66) where the girls changed into jeans, and colorful pointe shoes to finish up the day.”
“From my perspective as a dance photographer, it’s about capturing the passion in the moments during a routine that translates the music visually to the audience through dance. A picture is worth a thousand words.” Of the young man in the photo above, Rene adds, “Austin does a great job of transferring his passion visually in this shot.”