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Dance By Design at Village Gate | Rochester Dance Photographer

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I got to do another Dance by Design session while I was traveling. This time I was in Rochester, home of my alma mater, celebrating my anniversary with my boyfriend. We met at school and started dating on Halloween, so this year, we went back to see the changing leaves, see friends, and celebrate.

This one also involved some personal connections. N’Jelle is a good friend of my aunt and uncle and her company, Futurpointe, was the first dance company I photographed. That performance really sparked my interest in dance photography. And Jake Martin is a graduate of the same school I went to and I just love his work.

Jake Martin

What was your inspiration/thought process when you designed these pieces?
My greatest inspiration that I think links all the work together is a fascination with and admiration for the “micro” and the “macro” and the connection between the two. I most often find this connection in the natural geometry of micro-organisms and macro-organisms. Nature follows a certain set of rules and by mimicking those rules and forms not only can I create something relating to a specific thing, but to the principles and formulas connecting many objects or creatures.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Defining your own aesthetic is difficult, as we have a myopic view of our own designs and they are always changing. I’d probably describe the work as contemporary goldsmithing and the aesthetic as vibrant, geometric, and natural.

What is your favorite thing about Rochester?
It would be difficult to pinpoint what I like about this city. I like its proximity to other cities as well as nature. Probably most importantly I appreciate the efforts of the city and the citizens to promote, not only craft, but small business in general. I have many clients and suppliers right here in the city, and I appreciate having a personal connection to those businesses. The cost of living is low which is great for up-and-coming artists such as myself. As much as I love the 6 months of grey, frigid days on the tundra, I could not see myself having stayed here if it were not for the huge amount of artists an art events. It rally is a great place to be an artist.

What does fashion do for you/mean to you?
I don’t know what fashion means to me. I’m not sure what fashion is in general.What I am interested in is body adornment. It is, as far as we know, unique to homo sapiens. I am fascinated by the innate urge so many of us have to compliment and decorate our own forms with jewelry, body modification, and clothing.

N’Jelle Gage-Thorne

Tell me about the company or school are you associated with?
I am the Artistic Director of FuturPointe Dance. I’m also a choreographer & performer with the company.

How would you describe your style of dance?
The movement vocabulary is called Reggae Ballet™. It is an ever-evolving Caribbean- American dance genre created by my husband & myself. The performance style is born from a sophisticated fusion of traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms, unique movement & vignettes of provocative performance art.

What is your favorite thing about Rochester?
I enjoy the vibrant arts community in Rochester. I absolutely love that on any given day, there are more people at live music, dance or theater performances than there are at the movies. I love that this mid sized city has a small town feel, tons of live events, festivals & is has very progressive communities of people.

What does dance do for you/mean to you?
To be able to dance has always been so important to me. I love that it is non verbal. Human communication is dominated by words & the need to be understood. I enjoy that i can explore an entire concept, theme or character without being verbal…or linear…or direct… or clear! In fact, I enjoy the opportunity to be mysterious or complex.

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Dancer: N’Jelle Gage-Thorne

instagram: @futur_pointeur

website: www.futurpointe.org

Designer: Jake Martin

instagram: @jakemartinmetalsmith

facebook: /jakemartinjewelry

website: jakemartinjewelry.com

Makeup Artist: Shoranda Iyez

facebook: /paintingfacesbyshoranda

website: www.paintingfacesbyshoranda.com

Location: Village Gate, Rochester, NY

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography. 

 

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Dance by Design in Pilsen | Chicago Dance Photographer

I love being able to work in a shoot or two when I go home to Chicago. I thrive when I can capture its vibrancy and all it has to offer. I’ve always said that Chicago is my first love so this shoot is a bit more personal for me than the other Dance by Design shoots I’ve done.

Pam is a family friend who I’ve known her for years and has even joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. She helped me make a skirt out of ties while I was going through my Avril Lavigne phase and invited me to fashion shows when I was in high school.  Trinity and I were both interns at Jacob’s Pillow. Trinity was the food services intern, so I made sure to be extra nice to her. We ended up keeping each other awake while we drove all night to Chicago after the summer ended.

We decided to do the shoot in Pilsen, a predominately Mexican neighborhood, just south of where I grew up. It has beautiful murals, great thrifting, and of course the best Mexican food in the state. Chicago is definitely a city of neighborhoods and cultures, so I think Pilsen shows the essence of the city in a way that the downtown cannot.

Pam was so generous and she designed and styled the pieces that Trinity wore for the shoot. I asked each of them a few questions about what inspires them.

Trinity Bobo

Tell me about the company or school you are associated with?

I’m a senior at Columbia College Chicago. I will be graduating in May 2016 with a BFA in dance with a concentration in dancemaking.

How would you describe your style of dance?

My favorite styles of dance are Modern and West African Dance. My movement is influenced by both of these styles as well as my training in floorwork and gaga techniques.

What is your connection to Chicago?

I’m originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and moved to Chicago for school. My mom’s side is from Chicago so I’ve been to the city many times growing up. It nice to live here, I’m such a city girl.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I enjoy the diversity and the art and food culture here. There is so much packed into this beautiful city.

What does dance do for you/mean to you?

Moving my body in relationship to music is my favorite thing to do. Dancing is when I’m happiest, it’s my outlet and source of communication. I love being in the studio creating and working with other dancers through this beautiful language.

Pamela Kosanovich

What was your inspiration/thought process when you designed these pieces?

Knowing that your model had dark skin, incredible features and such an amazing figure , I thought light color, sheer with hints of gold would not distract from her beauty or her movement. She looks stunning and the location is quite colorful and urban so I like the contrast.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

For this project I chose soft, flowy and very unconstructed. Pieces that would move with her and not distract from your photos or her dance.

What is your connection to Chicago?

Born and raised in the area. I had a bridal design company in Bucktown for many years and taught fashion design at SAIC.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I have lived in NY and many other cities but Chicago will always be my favorite. The diversity of the neighborhoods and the friendly attitude that you normally encounter is what always brings me back.

What does fashion do for you/mean to you?

I guess being able create something beautiful, functional and lasting is my first thought when I create something. Each person I design for always has something unique about them that inspires me.

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Dancer: Trinity Bobo

instagram: @lovetrinitybobo

Designer: Pamela Kosanovich

Location: Pilsen, Chicago, IL

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography. 

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Dance by Design in the Santa Fe Arts District | Denver Dance Photographer

Once again, I am just blown away by all the amazing artists in this city. I love collaborating with all these creative minds for my Dance by Design project. It’s a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

For this shoot, ballerina Molly Klug wore two sets of jewelry by MKaltenbach in two different locations. This is part two of the shoot, in the Santa Fe Arts District with Molly wearing MKaltenbach’s Bone Squash Blossom necklace, along with turquoise earrings and a bunch of fun bracelets.

Part one took place in an amazing field of sunflowers. You have to see these photos!

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Molly is in her second season with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and has been living in Denver for just over a year.

“Dance is first and foremost a way to express myself. I, and I think many dancers, find it so freeing to be able to express my emotions physically. I would also say that in many ways dance is a safe haven for me, in that it is familiar and I know that I can always have it with me if I choose to. I have been dancing for a very long time (started when I was 3) and so it has been a constant in my life for so many years.”

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“Megan Kaltenbach started designing jewelry during her free time while she was a full-time model living in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. In May of 2010 she started making necklaces to fulfill her love for fashion. She chose MKaltenbach for the name of her company to keep the legacy of her last name alive. Meg currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, blogging and designing for MKaltenbach full time.”

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Dancer: Molly Klug

instagram: @mollklug

Jewelry Designer: MKaltenbach

instagram: @M_Kaltenbach

facebook: /MKaltenbach

website: www.mkaltenbach.com

Location: Santa Fe Art District, Denver, CO

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography. 

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Dance by Design in a Sunflower Field | Denver Dance Photographer

We just finished our second shoot for Dance by Design, a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

For this shoot, ballerina Molly Klug wore two sets of jewelry by MKaltenbach in two different locations. This is part one of the shoot, in an amazing field of sunflowers with Molly wearing MKaltenbach’s Turquoise Lapel necklace, along with her Quartz Dream Catcher Earrings and a bunch of fun bracelets.

Part two took place in the Santa Fe Arts District and you won’t want to miss it!

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Molly is in her second season with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and has been living in Denver for just over a year.

“The city has a very down to earth and health conscience energy that I really enjoy and feel connected to through dance and working at the ballet. I also really enjoy the city’s connection to nature. I am originally from the Chicagoland area and so I am not used to being so close to nature and being able to experience it. I have taken a few trips to the mountains, which I really enjoyed, and it is a wonderful new experience for me.”

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“Megan Kaltenbach started designing jewelry during her free time while she was a full-time model living in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. In May of 2010 she started making necklaces to fulfill her love for fashion. She chose MKaltenbach for the name of her company to keep the legacy of her last name alive. Meg currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, blogging and designing for MKaltenbach full time.”

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Dancer: Molly Klug

instagram: @mollklug

Jewelry Designer: MKaltenbach

instagram: @M_Kaltenbach

facebook: /MKaltenbach

website: www.mkaltenbach.com

Location: Sunflower Field in the outskirts of Denver

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me message!

Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography. 

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National Dance Day | Denver Dance Photographer

I thought National Dance Day was the perfect day to officially reveal my new dance photography project! It’s called Dance by Design and it’s a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

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My first shoot for the project was with Paul Morland and RBClassics in LoDo. Paul was born and raised in Denver and is now attending NYU’s Tisch school. RBClassics is a new company that makes loud shorts for bold men.

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Paul wore the Prarie House and Mesa styles for the shoot.

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Dancer: Paul Morland

insta: @paulmorland

Shorts Designer: RBClassics

insta: @rbclassics

website (under construction): www.rbclassics.com

Location: LoDo Denver, CO

Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography.