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Academy of Russian Ballet

I already had several location dance shoots under my belt for Poetry of Motion, for this shoot I contacted the Academy of Russian Ballet in Manassas, Virgina and the owners Jasmine and Yuri Nikitenko were most gracious with access to their studio and their dancers. I wanted to shoot a bit more formal dance portraiture versus the candid dance images from the previous shoots, so I set up my studio lighting and a white as well as Chromakey backdrop. The two dancers Larissa and Madeline were very accommodating and very easy to work with, I have at least one more shoot with an Academy of Russian Ballet dancer scheduled for the winter of 2011, check back for images of another talented young dancer.

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“Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101.

You learn some of life’s most important lessons here

that you will carry with you forever.”

– Joanne H. Morscher

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Nazarah Kelly – Back Bay

For my third Poetry of Motion shoot I headed to The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I was contacted by Nazarah Kelly, a belly dancer in Virginia Beach and I jumped at the chance to shoot this wonderful dancer perform this ancient art form. I met Kelly a few hours before sunset as I wanted to capture the warm soft lighting at sunset with her beautifully colorful outfits.

Kelly first outfit was a gorgeous mermaid inspired blue and purple silk costume that worked very well on the the beach and in the dunes. It was a particularly windy evening and Kelly second outfit was a flowing white costume that looked beautiful flowing around her as she danced. This second outfit had gold accents that shimmered with the setting sun and gave off a beautiful warm glow. As the sun was setting on the back bay side of the refuge I positioned Kelly in front of the sun so that her white scarves and gold accents would radiate the warm glow of the beautiful spring sunset.

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“Dance is the poetic baring of the soul through motion.”

-Scott Nilsson

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Sara – Manassas Battlefield

The second shoot for my Poetry of Motion project was again with Sara Gaydash of the Manassas Ballet Theatre. We shot at the Manassas National Battlefield Park and this time I concentrated on mainly black and white images. It was early spring, but unlike the cherry blossoms in Washington DC a few weeks before, the spring buds had not yet appeared at the Stone Bridge. The trees were still bare and the strak barren look of this part of the battlefield that day lent itself to black and white images.

Sara was as usual a great model and we captured some beautiful images for this project. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoying sharing them with you and we hope you consider supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints here.

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”

-Albert Einstein

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