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Verdi Academy of Dance: Sleeping Beauty

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The 2013 Verdi Academy of Dance recital marks the fourth year I’ve had the honor to photograph the annual event.

This year the academy performed a memorable re-creation of the timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. True to form, the ballet company put on a beautiful performance, and as in years past, the dancers–young and old–didn’t disappoint.

There were just too many highlights to cover in a single blog post, but my favorites included a special performance by the lovely Veronica Edwards, the wicked and good fairies, and the performance of the young dancers portraying the prince and Sleeping Beauty.

With tasks including running the dance studio, tutoring 75+ students, and choreographing each recital, Maestra Edwards, the founder of the dance academy, doesn’t often take to the stage, so it’s a real treat when she does perform.

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Great Perspective on Dance

Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto

A Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto Dancer

I recently came across a short video story in the New York Times Lens blog featuring well-known dance photographer Andrea Mohin.

Veronica Edwards – Verdi Academy of Dance

Mohin makes a few comments about dance photography that really resonated with me on a couple of levels.

“It’s sports photography in the dark, and you don’t know the game.”

She goes on further to explain:

“In sports photography, you have some sense of what happens in a basketball game or football game, and you know generally what to expect. But when the curtain goes up on a dance performance, you have no idea what you’re about to see,” said Mohin.

I’ve been regularly shooting some form of dance and sports for the length of my pro photography career, and Mohin has hit the nail right on the head.

Read the article at the New York Times Lens blog

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