Jordan Matter

Even if you don't already know Jordan Matter's name, you definitely know his work. He's the photographer behind the fabulous "Dancers Among Us" series, which features talented dancers doin' their impressive thing in everyday locations.

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It's Sunday, which means it's time to zen out, especially with the craziness of Thanksgiving just around the corner. And what better way to do so than watching a beautiful dance video? Dance photographer Karolina Kuras, who photographs the National Ballet of Canada, was recently profiled by Cottage Hill Magazine, covering everything from her photography career, her background in dance and how she gets the perfect shot every time. Check out the lovely video below, and catch the full feature here!

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Dancers are some of the greatest photographic subjects around (for obvious reasons). They know their bodies, how to pose and captivate audiences—all of which translate into consistently stunning images. But Nir Arieli's photo series, "Flocks," showcases some of our favorite dance companies in a completely new context: without motion.

Arieli has been photographing a number of world-class companies for two years. The dancers are posed in motionless formations that, while aren't showing any movement, are still 100% dancey—not to mention stunning. Arieli told Slate that he wanted to show "what happens after the movement is over or when the movement is drained from the body. You get an intimate moment about this special group of people who spend so much time together...They’re very physical with each other...there are very interesting relationships formed with these people, and I hope this project is speaking about that in a visual way.” Below are some of our favorites, but be sure to check out the entire feature here!

(Now-disbanded) Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (Photo by Nir Arieli, via Slate)

The Martha Graham Dance Company. (Photo by Nir Arieli, via Slate)

Ailey II members. (Photo by Nir Arieli, via Slate)

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We love a good, flawless dance picture more than anyone. Case in point: Our daily Facebook Photo of the Day posts that serve up some seriously stunning poses and inspiration. But, we also know that dance isn't always that glamorous. It's hard, grueling and rarely picture-perfect. And that imperfection is exactly what makes Russian photographer and dancer Darian Volkova's Instagram such great #MondayMotivation. She showcases the real, gritty and dirty side of balletand reminds us of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into achieving those breathtaking performances.

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

But it's not all work, work, work. She also posts insanely gorgeous photos that show the end results of all of that effort and dedication. It's the perfect reminder of what's on the other side of that blood, sweat and tears. (Plus, we're living for her insider backstage shots and self portraits.)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Sceenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

Scroll through her entire feed here and have a great Monday bunheads!

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Photographer Aaron Pegg is already Insta-famous as @underground_nyc, where he snaps artsy photos of people throughout the NYC subway system. Over the weekend, he revealed that ballerinas are his favorite photography subjects.

The New York Post interviewed Pegg and rounded up some of his best ballet pics—and we are drooling over the gorgeous poses and stunning lines. And it doesn’t hurt that his #flawless subjects frequently include Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Alison Stroming, Ingrid Silva and Nayara Lopes, American Ballet Theatre’s Elina Miettinen and Boston Ballet soloist Rachele Buriassi.

Of his dance subway shots Pegg says to the New York Post, “It’s such a great contrast between two art forms—the gritty subway with the elegance of ballet. I love working with ballerinas because they’re perfectionists. They make you want to be a perfectionist as well.”

Scroll through our favorites below for some serious #MondayMotivation and check out the original Post piece here.

Dance Theatre of Harlem's Nayara Lopes, Alison Stroming and Ingrid Silva. (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Olivia L. Burgess (screenshot via underground_nyc)

Dancer Ingrid Silva at Central Park (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Boston Ballet soloist Rachele Buriassi (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Kelly Kakaley (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

American Ballet Theatre dancer Elina Miettinen (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Alison Stroming (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Brittany Cavaco (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Rachele Buriassi (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

Dancer Ingrid Silva (screenshot via @underground_nyc)

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What do you get when you add the NYC skyline + six Julliard-trained dancers + a dozen photographers? You get magic.

Tara Langdon (photo by Caroline Sollmann)

The dancers were modeling in a workshop organized by Ebbe Sweet, a NYC-based photographer and former dancer, as part of Photoville—a photography exhibit displayed along the Brooklyn waterfront. The photographers were hoping to learn more about dance photography.

The dancers nailed every jump and pose (naturally), but the photographers got in on the action too, throwing themselves on the ground to get the perfect angle.

Joseph Davis (dancing, photo by Caroline Sollmann)

It was pretty cool to see how all those insta-perfect dance shots happen IRL. You know the ones: The dancer is effortlessly hitting the height of her jump, while remaining perfectly framed by the dramatic skyline behind her. Guess what? It takes a lot of repetition and hard work to get that one shot, but with dancers and photographers of this caliber, there were many stunning moments.

Zoë McNeil (Photo by Caroline Sollmann)

See more images on Instagram at #photovilleinmotion!



By now, you're probably familiar with photographer Jordan Matter's work—images of gorgeous dancers, sometimes mid-air, smack-dab in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Exhibit A:

Jeffrey Smith in Times Square (Jordan Matter, via

Exhibit B:

Alexander Peters and Elizabeth Mateer in Philadelphia, PA (Jordan Matter, via

A few years ago, Matter published a book with his dancer series called Dancers Among Us. It made the New York Times' Bestseller list—but Matter didn't stop there. He's followed up Dancers Among Us with projects like Circus Among Us and Athletes Among Us.

Recently, Matter's been adding to another series, similar to Dancers Among Us—just of the miniature variety. Introducing Matter's Tiny Dancers Among Us (!!!), full of the most #adorbz pint-sized dancers around. For example, there's Adina in L.A....

Yasss (Jordan Matter, via

...and Samantha and Ariel waiting at LaGuardia Airport in NYC:

Totally what dancers do while waiting to board (Jordan Matter, via

And I'm loving Dylan from Naperville, IL, who's super pumped about his sandwich.

Nom nom nom nom nom (Jodan Matter via

Matter explains that his Tiny Dancer series is a tribute of sorts to his two own children, Hudson and Salish. He writes, "...I want [my children] to be free from self-consciousness, to discover the deep happiness that comes from a life filled with passion, and to find the serenity necessary to be truly present. These photographs communicate my dreams for them more powerfully than words: Relish moments large and small, recognize the beauty around you, and be alive!"

You can check out all of Matter's new series here. A quick note: If you're in public, just know that you're bound to let out a few "AWWWWWs" while scrolling through. You were warned.

Let's take a minute to talk about Gene Schiavone's gorgeous photography, shall we? We want this guy's life: He travels the world shooting talented dancers in both performance and studio settings. He's especially good at capturing the essence of our favorite ballerinas. (In fact, he shot Keenan Kampa for her 2012 Dance Spirit cover!)

Schiavone recently posted on social media about his "pink Olga nightgown" project. Apparently, he found a beautiful vintage nightgown from the 1970s—designed by lingerie icon Olga Erteszek, which is where the "Olga" comes from—a few years back. Erteszek's nightgowns, he explained on Facebook, are "unique in that they have a 120-inch sweep," which looks especially wonderful in dance images. Since then, he's photographed around 75 ballerinas wearing the gown. (It looks like each dancer who wears it signs the skirt, too—so cute.)

Anna Vescovi in the Olga nightgown—see the signatures?

Unsurprisingly, when you pair great movers with a dress that looks great in motion, you get great photos. Here are a few of our favorite "pink Olga nightgown" shots. (You can find more of them here.) So much prettiness!

(All photos by Gene Schiavone, of course)

Madeleine Gardella

Katherine Grones

Lauren Disher


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