the everyday beauty of ballet

capturing unstaged moments with festival ballet

These photos were born out of a collaboration with Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island’s premiere ballet company. I initially reached out because ballet was an unknown art form to me and I wanted to learn more about it through photography. At first, I didn’t really know what moments I wanted to capture, and I shot anything and everything during my weekly visits to the company’s rehearsals. This wasn’t entirely fruitful, as all the dancers moved very quickly, and the rehearsal space doubles as a black box theater with very dim lighting when there isn’t a performance, making for a tough photographing experience. However, as I spent more time with the dancers, I learned what the best angles were and began to anticipate the moments that I wanted to capture so that I would be ready to release the shutter at just the right time. Ultimately, I hoped to capture the calm and joy, the determination and frustration that I was able to witness as a guest in the dancers’ space.

Editor’s note: Check out the rest of the photos here.