Photographer Dane Shitagi brings the beauty of ballet outdoors in the New York City Ballerina Project. Throughout the eight years that Shitagi has been bringing this collection to life, the New York City streets served as his backdrop. Rather than shooting in a studio, he wanted to take his creativity and inspiration from the world outside – preferring the rawness and atmosphere that only a living city could bring.

What did Shitagi want to capture? He says, "I tried to take pictures of the ballerinas – not of their dancing. I tried to stay focused on the dancers – not on their poses. I tried to portray their souls – not their steps. Ballerina Project is more about the dancer than the dancing. As photographers we often try to capture “momentums” of the dancing without really acknowledging the obvious: the camera is not exactly the best instrument to do it. The camera can only take stills of something that is in its essence a flow."

To see the entire collection, become a fan of The Ballerina Project on Facebook. Photographs are auctioned off regularly.

Dane Shitagi

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  • What a unique and great way to showcase ballerinas! Beautiful and artistic!
  • WOW !
  • I love Classical Ballet - These photos are amazing because its a threesome of integrity of nature , the ballerina and the
    the coherent photography . Love it ! Thanks for the post !
  • Stunning.
  • This is amazing - I'm a dancer myself and was involved in a similar shoot in the UK. Love these photos :)
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