Wendy Whelan (photo by David Michalek for Vanity Fair magazine)
Vanity Fair, which has a long history of celebrating dance, created a slideshow of dance photographs from their archives, spanning from the 1930s to now.
The images offer a counterpoint to other archival photo roundups, which often feature either performance photos or behind-the-scenes shots. While we love seeing amazing feats of physicality, and getting to peek backstage or into the studio, fashion photographers bring a fresh eye to the whole process of photographing dancers—their images are both staged and spontaneous.
Sure, some of these photos are a little bit cheesy (the 1980s happened, after all), but where else would we get an image of renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon dancing barefoot in a field, holding a parasol? I'll let you click through and find that one for yourself!