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.

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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.

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Park Hill Dance Collective | Denver Dance Photographer

When Park Hill Dance Collective came to me about a creative session, I was so excited to work with them! As a Denver dance photographer, I love working with dancers from different disciplines and backgrounds. Each new genre presents a new set of challenges and keeps me on my toes. This group had such a wide range of styles, yet they worked together so effortlessly.

I know Emily through volunteering with Presenting Denver and I photographed her once already. She was one of the fanatic anonymous dancers from this session for PD’s website.

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Amanda Tipton joined for for this session, as my amazing assistant. She took these wonderful behind the scenes photos for me and I love them. Thank you Amanda!

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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.

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. 

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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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Jayne Persch | Presenting Denver In the Spotlight Program | Colorado Dance Photographer

I recently photographed four dancers for Presenting Denver’s “In the Spotlight” interview series. Presenting Denver just posted their interview with Jayne Persch and I strongly encourage you to check it out here.

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Jayne is a phenomenal dancer, choreographer, teacher, and more. She is the artistic director at BRIAH Danse, a Boulder-based dance company combining classical and contemporary styles. I had the privilege of working with the company last year, during a rehearsal for their first performance. You can see my blog post of one of the pieces here.

Jayne Persch is a multi-talented woman and photographing her move was simply inspiring.

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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.