Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Danica Paulos, who runs the company's Instagram page, is a talented photographer.

Danica Paulos, who's now in her fifth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, moves with captivating grace and power onstage. And when she's not wowing in-person audiences, the multitalented artist is mesmerizing Ailey's online followers: A gifted photographer, she regularly posts beautiful images of her coworkers to the @alvinailey Instagram page, which she's run for the past two years. We caught up with Paulos to talk about her diverse interests—and find out how she's helped shape AAADT's digital presence.

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One of dancer Kristi Griffith's fitness shots (Wes Klain, courtesy Griffith)

Scrolling through your Instagram feed, you probably notice tons of awe-inspiring dance photos: a penché in front of a waterfall, a jeté over a busy city street. While these tend to get a lot of likes and attention, they may not be the best types of pics to send when you're trying to book a job. You want to keep the focus on what's most important to casting directors: you! So how do you find the right balance between eye-catching and professional? We talked to insiders across the dance world to find out.

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We're giving away Jordan Matter's latest book, Born To Dance. It features young dancers just like you, who are passionate about dance. Enter below for your chance to win a copy!

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Robles' photo of dancer Melissa Mya in San Juan (via @omarzrobles on Instagram)

Odds are you already know the photography of Omar Z Robles, whose images of dancers in striking natural settings mesmerize his hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers. Recently, Robles paid a visit to his native Puerto Rico for the first time since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria. And the images he captured of its resilient dancers, finding beauty in the ruined landscape, will bring tears to your eyes.

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(L to R) Adrienne Lipson, Ashley Downs, Noelle Kayser, and Devin Buchanan photographed for "Dance for Life 2017" (Todd Rosenberg Photography, courtesy PurePoint Financial)

Yes, you read that right. Last summer, we told you about Instagram-favorite photographer Rachel Neville's work being showcased in an innovative new kind of financial center here in NYC. Now, PurePoint Financial—aka the company behind the paradigm-breaking pairing—is bringing that very same concept to the Windy City.

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Matter arranged for cancer survivor Stephanie Consiglio to make a triumphant return to the hospital where she received treatment. (Via YouTube)

It's impossible not to love dance photographer Jordan Matter's 10-minute photo challenges. His videos of the rapid-fire shoots in totally unlikely locations have become huge YouTube hits. But his 10-minute challenge with dancer Stephanie Consiglio—who recently beat stage 3 germ cell cancer—is next-level incredible.

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Dancer and photographer Lee Gumbs (photo by Katie Morton, courtesy Gumbs)

A contemporary, jazz, and ballet dancer, Lee Gumbs is known for his six-year touring stint with Bad Boys of Ballet (and, of course, for being a Dance Spirit Cover Model Search finalist in 2008!). But Gumbs' photography has earned equal praise. He's amassed an impressive portfolio of subjects, shooting famous dancers like Ashley Everett, Allison Holker, Melinda Sullivan, and Sean Lew, to name a few.

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@emmarie.xox (via Instagram)

We've all heard William Shakespeare's famous quote "all the world's a stage." Dance photographer, Jordan Matter has taken that quote quite literally as he prefers to shoot his dancers in every day settings like grocery stores, subway stations, and even in the middle of the street. But Matter takes things to a whole new level of outrageous in his latest YouTube video, where he teams up with dancer and model Em Marie, for a photo shoot in Miami International Airport. That's right, Matter uses the chaotic and rather aggravating ambiance that is an airport for the backdrop of one of the most elegant art forms—and we don't hate it.

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Boston Ballet's Misa Kuranaga and Patrick Yocum (courtesy Rachel Neville/Boston Ballet)

We're on somewhat of a dance photography kick here at DS, so we figured we'd keep it going in a very big way: an exclusive interview with Rachel Neville, the photographer responsible for all those absolutely drool-worthy dance photos on your Instagram feed. We caught up with Neville at PurePoint Financial in NYC, where she just wrapped up her new show, "A Command Performance"..

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Dance photographer Kenneth Edwards' shot of American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary (courtesy Edwards)

Is there anything better than a killer dance photoshoot? OF COURSE NOT! Whether you're taking headshots, model shots, or simply images that'll slay on Instagram, dance photography makes the world a prettier place.

To make sure your next dance photoshoot is as 🔥 as you are, we asked photographer Kenneth Edwards for his dos and don'ts. Follow his advice and your dance photography future will be as bright as your "golden hour" lighting.

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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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