Stepping Out | Boulder Dance Photography

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to photograph a show by one of the biggest dance companies in the area. Boulder Ballet‘s show “Stepping Out” was a joyful, vibrant work. I was asked by Eli Akerstein to photograph the show alongside him. It can be very helpful to get a couple different perspectives at a dress rehearsal. I sat up in the seats, in the center to get lots of wide shots of the show, while Eli was up close, getting some interesting angles.

This show was a world premier of contemporary works. There were three pieces and they were each uniquely different from each other. The first piece was a light, classical piece full of pastels and fun interactions. This piece was accompanied by live music from Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. The last piece was bright and upbeat, with an Irish vibe to it. There was lots of plaid and even some Irish step dancing.

While I normally gravitate toward anything vibrant and colorful, the second piece was my favorite. It was moody. It was emotional. It was dark, full of tension, and had the perfect amount of weirdness. It was set to an original piece of electronic music called Light Fandango created by Robert North. As much as I love color, weird is my favorite and when it comes to dance photography, tension is everything.

This show had something for everyone and definitely left you feeling happy, which was the whole point. The artistic director, Ana Claire, spoke before the show and noted that “Stepping Out” was created to bring joy to an emotional time post-election, without ignoring the problems at hand. I think it did a wonderful job and it certainly lifted my spirits.

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? Send me a message at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through photos.

Park Hill Dancer Portraits | Denver Dance Photography

Today is Dance Teachers Appreciation Day! I wanted to do a spotlight on a dance studio and a dance teacher I love: Park Hill Dance Academy! Last year, I photographed Park Hill Dance Collective. Here are the awesome dance portraits from that session.

More recently, I took portraits of all of the older students at Park Hill Dance Academy. It was a chilly day, but they were all such troopers and their portraits turned out wonderfully!

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This is Karlyn, the mastermind behind Park Hill Dance Academy. She is a truly wonderful person and she runs an amazing dance studio.

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Do you remember the maternity dance session I did on the beach? This little cutie is the “bump” from those photos! The dance students totally adore her and love having her around the studio.

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Looking for engaging portraits of you or your company? Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Young Dancer’s Competition | Denver Dance Photographer

As a Denver dance photographer, I get to photograph some amazing professional dancers. But, I don’t always get the chance to photograph kids dancing. The Young Dancer’s Competition put on by the Denver Ballet Guild was a great opportunity to do just that. There were so many incredible dancers of all ages learning and competing. And at the end of the competition, we were treated to a performance by Boulder Ballet!

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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. 

Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Hong Kong Ballet opened the season at Jacob’s Pillow with three outstanding pieces. Each dance was inventive, moving and powerful.

Frank van Tongeren and Miao-miao Liu of The Hong Kong Ballet in Krzysztof Pastor's "In Light and Shadow"

Frank van Tongeren and Miao-miao Liu of The Hong Kong Ballet in Krzysztof Pastor’s “In Light and Shadow”

It’s a rare treat to see Pacific Northwest Ballet perform in New England and it was a joy to be able to photograph them. Their synchronization and expertise was simply stunning.

Elizabeth Murphy and Joshua Grant of Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's 'A Million Kisses to my Skin'

Elizabeth Murphy and Joshua Grant of Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson’s “A Million Kisses to my Skin”

I love the image below of Daniel Ulbricht in BALLET 2014 because even though his performance of Larry Keigwin’s “Sunshine” was beyond any athletic capabilities I know, there were still calm moments like these where he connected with the audience.

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Daniel Ulbricht of BALLET 2014 in Larry Keigwin’s “Sunshine”

Dance Theatre of Harlem has so much history and it was remarkable to see their return to the Pillow post hiatus. Plus, have you seen Da’Von Doane’s thighs? I think the image below pretty much speaks for itself.

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Da’Von Doane of Dance Theatre of Harlem in Ulysses Dove’s “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven”

I was blown way by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s innovative and vibrant dancing. It was a beautiful way to end a stunning season at Jacob’s Pillow. I’ve since moved to Colorado and I’m proud to now call ASFB a local dance company.

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Joseph Watson, Seia Rassenti, and Craig Black of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in “Beautiful Mistake” by Cayetano Soto

The 2014 season at Jacob’s Pillow was full of exceptional ballet and I cannot wait to capture more. If you or anyone you know need engaging dance photographs for press or promotional use, email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.