About the photographer: Ashlée Perrault is a dancer and dance teacher. Therefore, most of her photos somehow relate to dance. She has photographed local bands, the British Columbia Winter Games, and is an up and coming photographer.
Ashlée describes her first experience with a camera and why she enjoys photographing dance.
“When I was younger our school went to conventions where we had to compete in different activities. Although I’m a dancer, I am not a runner, so I always chose to compete in the drawing and photography categories. I bought my first point and shoot camera when I was 13 years old and packed it around with me all the time so I could capture my friends.
Over the past ten years my love for photography, as well as my camera, has grown. I feel like I see the world through a 4×6 rectangle. In high school I took a Visual Arts class where the teacher encouraged us in extraordinary ways to find our independence, creativity, and self in our art. We learned how to develop photos in the dark room and were allowed to take adventures, through town, with the cameras during class. I loved the freedom that I felt during those periods. I was capturing the world how I saw it and no one could tell me it wasn’t art.
After I graduated I wasn’t dancing anymore and teaching just wasn’t giving me the outlet for my dance passion. 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.”
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Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.