“There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them” ~ Vicki Baum

Last month, I photographed some young ballet dancers who were celebrating the end of another year learning and growing and dancing.  It was a chance for them to demonstrate what they’ve mastered while still having a little bit of fun.  I love those sessions just as much as the dancers do but I also wanted to create an opportunity for dancers (and non-dancers) to have a moment to dream about what it will be like when they are dancing on stage as ballerinas.  For most of these dancers, that is their dream and at times, it seems so far away.

These sessions were intended to bring that dream a little closer to reality.

The goal for these sessions is to encourage the girls to have fun and be free with their expressions.  It wasn’t about the steps but how the movement makes them feel.

And I had a couple of special friends who wanted to do this together.  As a photographer, I found it so fascinating to see how each girl moved and expressed themselves differently.  Their personalities each came through the entire session.  And they seemed to enjoy watching each other take their turn in front of my camera.

DRESSES:  tutu du monde from Rainey’s Closet

LOCATION: Oakland, Pittsburgh

Dancing is best when you have a friend!

collage of several images of young dancers wearing tulle dresses and dancing in a hallway lined with stone columns

And if you’re disappointed to have missed these sessions, have no fear- I’m planning another set.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook for the dates or better yet, sign up to be on my VIP list!

collage of images of a young girl wearing a blue tulle dress, dancing in a long hallway with stone columnscollage of images of a young girl with long dark hair, wearing a pink and violet tulle dress, dancing in a long hallway with stone columns

What’s even better?  With a friend about the same size, you can trade dresses!

collage of images of two young girls, wearing pink and blue tulle dresses, dancing in a long hallway with stone columns, smiling with arms around each other's shoulders, sitting with heads resting on each other's shoulderscollage of images of a young dancer with dark hair, wearing a blue tulle dress, standing in a long hallway with stone columnsimage of a young dancer with long dark hair, wearing a blue tulle dress, posed in a long hallway with stone columnsyoung girl with short blonde hair, wearing a pink and violet tulle dress, standing in an arabesque in a long hallway with stone columnscollage of images of a young girl with short blonde hair, wearing a pink and violet tulle dress, posed in a long hallway with stone columnscollage of images of a young girl with long dark hair, wearing a blue tulle dress, in a long hallway with stone columnsimage of a young girl with short blonde hair, wearing a blue tulle dress in a long hallway with columns

Do you have a dancer who would love a creative session like this?  Contact me.  I can put you on my list for creative mini session dates or we can plan your own creative session

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