The inherent elegance of ballet lends itself well to photoshoots, which highlight both the beauty of the human form and the precision of dance technique. Dancers make these shoots look easy, but a lot more goes into them than you might think. With a little effort, however, the end product can prove absolutely stunning.
Helpful Hints For Elevating Your Ballet Photoshoot
No matter your level as a dancer, you can create the illusion of perfect technique with proper lighting and the right poses. Keep the following in mind as you stage the ultimate shoot:
Use bright lights to capture silhouettes. Cut back to a single bright light to capture a gorgeous silhouette. The less surrounding light, the better.
Add visual interest with intriguing outdoor settings. Photos on the beach, in the mountains, or even in an urban setting look stunning — and for less experienced dancers, can distract the eye from imperfect form.
Get warm before the shoot. A brief warmup and stretch can do wonders for the quality of your photoshoot, especially if you struggle with turnout.
Ballet Poses For Beginners: Which Positions Should You Incorporate?
Before you begin your photo shoot, get familiar with ballet poses names and their proper execution. Key positions include:
First position. One of the most familiar ballet positions, this pose involves placing your heels together and turning your toes out to the side.
Second position. This pose mimics first position but places at least twelve inches of distance between the heels. The feet and legs should remain turned out.
Fourth position. In fourth position, one foot should be placed approximately twelve inches in front of the other. Depending on the context, the heels may be aligned with one another — or the heel of the front foot may align with the toes of the back foot.
Fifth position. Arguably the most difficult position for beginners, fifth position resembles fourth but removes the gap between the feet. The front heel should line up with the back toes. This requires impressive turnout.
Beyond the standard ballet positions highlighted above, other pose options could include:
Passé. Best performed by those with at least some dance experience, this pose raises the front foot to knee level while maintaining turn-out and a beautiful point.
Attitude. To perform this turn, a dancer must stand on one leg with the other lifted (either in the front or back). The lifted leg is slightly bent creating a 145-degree angle.Arabesque. This position is supported by one leg, with the other leg extended straight behind the body. Arms can be held in various positions, with the goal to have a seamless line from the shoulders through the arms and down to the toes of the extended leg.
Tendu. In this common move, the leg and foot stretch to the front, back or side, with the heel raised but the tip of the toe remaining on the floor.
Demi plié. This pose involves a small bend of the knees, which should remain turned out toward the toes.