It was a lovely summer evening when Cassidy met me in the Manchester NH mill yard for her urban teen ballet session. I was absolutely honored for the chance to work with this talented dancer – not only because we’d been planning this session for a number months, but also because dance is also one of my passions. I started learning to dance from the age of three. Coincidentally enough, I was trained in Scotland in the same ballet method as Cassidy currently trains. One of our local Londonderry dance schools, where Cassidy attends, teaches the Royal Academy of Dance method.
As I am also a ballet dancer, I am able to ensure that the poses in her urban teen ballet session are technically accurate. In addition, I was able to communicate with and direct her using terminology of directions and positions she understands. The end result, I think you will agree, is pure magic!
The location we chose for the session offered so much variety. We were able to use everything from the Merrimack River, the historic red brick mill buildings, old metal machinery and the street. There were so many fantastic and varied images from which to choose their print products; Cassidy and her mom decided upon a triptych of images and a beautiful Italian heirloom album. I can’t wait for delivery day to see their eyes light up as they unwrap their prints.
If you have a dancer in your life, I would love the honor of capturing amazing images to feature their fantastic talent. I mean – have you tried to balance your weight on a 2 x 2″ square area? Ballet dancers are not only beautifully graceful, but incredibly strong! They suffer with so much pain for their art – and it is beautiful art indeed!
Here’s just a selection of images from the session: