We’ve been fans of the Ballerina Project on Facebook for a year now and, if you’re not familiar with it, go and check it out. We thought we could give it more of a Miami flair so we came up with a project called “Dancing in the Street” (shout-out to Martha and the Vandellas).
We contacted some of the dancers we’ve photographed in past performances at Miami-Dade College and the New World School of the Arts and decided to go to one of our favorite locations inMiami one morning and photograph them. The only requirement that we had was that the female dancers could do pointe. If you don’t know what pointe is, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointe and you’ll see what I mean.
We normally like to have an overall structure for our shoots and that’s how things started as we walked to a quiet intersection and the dancers started posing. But a funny thing happened quickly afterwards: as we would walk up to an area they just started coming up with ideas out of the blue and before you could blink started acting on them. They all locked into this creativity zone and instead of us directing the action, we were there recording the action. We could have slowed things down but the energy that all four of these dancers had was amazing and we knew that if we slowed things down to do it “our way” we would have killed that energy and potentially the entire shoot. The shoot essentially came down to this:
Us: Let’s go this area.
Them: Hey, we can do this! And this! And this!
At the end of three hours we were all exhausted but in a good way. It’s really a great experience to work with extremely creative people who can work well together or individually that you can just let go and trust them to do there part. Here are some of our favorites from the shoot: