Photographs that Capture Ballet's Soul
How can you translate a moving art into a still image? That's the dance photographer's challenge. In a way, ballet, with its emphasis on perfect line and form, makes the job easier—it's full of gorgeous still poses. But even the most perfect photo of the most perfect arabesque doesn't capture the thrill of a live performance.
Danish photographer Ingrid Bugge has figured out alternative ways to get at ballet's excitement. Bugge spent two years following the Royal Danish Ballet, creating wonderful dream-like captures of moments from the company's performances. Rather than producing true-to-life photos, she collaged and manipulated images to convey movement and drama. As this video shows, it was a sort of painterly digital process:
Because Bugge isn't a dancer, sometimes her photos showcase less-than-perfect moments, in ballet terms. But they do an eerily good job of getting at ballet's soul.
Bugge recently released a print book, The Essence of Ballet, featuring her RDB photos. But the ebook version of Essence is even cooler: It's interactive, allowing readers to explore her creative process, the evolution of each photocollage. Take a look at some of our favorite photos—then check out the print book here and ebook here.
All images by Ingrid Bugge (h/t The Guardian)
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It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.
Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.
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From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.
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Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!
On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.
Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).