This past may, I was given the amazing opportunity to photograph...
This past may, I was given the amazing opportunity to photograph a major dance event called Dance Legends. This is a two night affair in New York City, that brings top dancers, past, present and future, out to perform. This year’s line up was incredible. Not only were current champions Mirko and Edita, Arunas and Katusha, and Michael and Joanna there, but some very special couples came out of retirement to perform.
One of these couples was the very own Karina Smirnoff and Slavik Kryklyvyy. Many of you know Karina from Dancing with the Stars, but before that she was a world class dancer who has won many titles. It has been ten years since they have danced together, and it was incredible seeing them back together. It seems like no time has past between them. If you ever get a chance to see them in person, go! It is a real treat to watch them perform.
Besides the great professionals that perform at Dance Legends, some of the worlds top amateurs are given the chance to showcase their hard work at Dance Legends. These top amateurs hope to one day, take the place of the current champions once they retire. These amateur showcases were just as beautiful and wonderful to watch as those of the pros. I cannot wait to watch these couples grow and mature in their dancing. And I hope to one day seem them standing amongst the pro finalists.
Besides being able to photograph this great event, I also was able to help the more seasoned photographers who were also invited to this event. Talking to them was amazing! They were all wonderful and so helpful, as this was my first time working with the spot lights. And let me tell you, it is super weird lighting to work with. It was awesome to be able to talk to them and learn new things and bounce ideas off of them over the course of two days. I look forward to working with them in the future!
I would like to thank Ily and Elena Zislin, the hosts and organizers of Dance Legends, for bringing me on board! It was a blast and I cannot wait for next year!
The photos above are some of the photographs I shot from Friday night’s show. Look out for more to come!
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