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  LINES Ballet Training Program   I’ve always wanted to photograph a ballet school. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but it must be my fascination with grace, strength, and an overall admiration for those who are willing to put themselves on the line and show up with honesty.   Everybody sees the talent and spectacle of professional dancers, but where do these people come from? What are their backgrounds? Who were they before they became what we see now? What type of training did they have to go through in order to get there?  I wanted to document the life of a dancer before they hit the big stage.   The LINES Ballet Training Program is one of the most prestigious dance programs in the nation. It is also one of the most rigorous. Upon entry, LINES Trainees sign up for a two-year intensive curriculum designed to push students to the limit. For many, a typical day starts as early as 6 in the morning, and despite the fatigue, sore muscles, strained ligaments, bruises, aches, and floor burns, the trainees show up day in and day out.   This is their stepping stone.   Beyond dance techniques, the LINES Ballet Training Program provides the space for dancers to find out what they are capable of, or as Alonzo King himself says, “to find the artist within the artist”.  What I loved most was being part of the creative process. It was a joy watching the students minds and bodies tick as they experimented with different ways of moving and expressing themselves. It was also very inspiring to see their willingness to fall and get up again and again. And of course, making it all seem so effortless when they get on stage.   I am particularly grateful for Karah Abiog, the LINES Training Program Director, for allowing me this opportunity to capture such a wonderful group of students. And I am incredibly thankful for the students allowing me in on their most intimate moments in their growth as artists.  A big part of photography is the desire to celebrate and remember those I photograph. It is in many ways, my way of saying, “Look! Over here!” I hope these photos give not just the students justice, but the LINES Training Program and anybody else out their with a dream as well.  With the deepest gratitude from my heart.  Thank you.

LINES Ballet Training Program

I’ve always wanted to photograph a ballet school. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but it must be my fascination with grace, strength, and an overall admiration for those who are willing to put themselves on the line and show up with honesty. 

Everybody sees the talent and spectacle of professional dancers, but where do these people come from? What are their backgrounds? Who were they before they became what we see now? What type of training did they have to go through in order to get there?

I wanted to document the life of a dancer before they hit the big stage. 

The LINES Ballet Training Program is one of the most prestigious dance programs in the nation. It is also one of the most rigorous. Upon entry, LINES Trainees sign up for a two-year intensive curriculum designed to push students to the limit. For many, a typical day starts as early as 6 in the morning, and despite the fatigue, sore muscles, strained ligaments, bruises, aches, and floor burns, the trainees show up day in and day out. 

This is their stepping stone. 

Beyond dance techniques, the LINES Ballet Training Program provides the space for dancers to find out what they are capable of, or as Alonzo King himself says, “to find the artist within the artist”.

What I loved most was being part of the creative process. It was a joy watching the students minds and bodies tick as they experimented with different ways of moving and expressing themselves. It was also very inspiring to see their willingness to fall and get up again and again. And of course, making it all seem so effortless when they get on stage. 

I am particularly grateful for Karah Abiog, the LINES Training Program Director, for allowing me this opportunity to capture such a wonderful group of students. And I am incredibly thankful for the students allowing me in on their most intimate moments in their growth as artists.

A big part of photography is the desire to celebrate and remember those I photograph. It is in many ways, my way of saying, “Look! Over here!” I hope these photos give not just the students justice, but the LINES Training Program and anybody else out their with a dream as well.

With the deepest gratitude from my heart.

Thank you.

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LINES Ballet Training Program

I’ve always wanted to photograph a ballet school. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but it must be my fascination with grace, strength, and an overall admiration for those who are willing to put themselves on the line and show up with honesty. 

Everybody sees the talent and spectacle of professional dancers, but where do these people come from? What are their backgrounds? Who were they before they became what we see now? What type of training did they have to go through in order to get there?

I wanted to document the life of a dancer before they hit the big stage. 

The LINES Ballet Training Program is one of the most prestigious dance programs in the nation. It is also one of the most rigorous. Upon entry, LINES Trainees sign up for a two-year intensive curriculum designed to push students to the limit. For many, a typical day starts as early as 6 in the morning, and despite the fatigue, sore muscles, strained ligaments, bruises, aches, and floor burns, the trainees show up day in and day out. 

This is their stepping stone. 

Beyond dance techniques, the LINES Ballet Training Program provides the space for dancers to find out what they are capable of, or as Alonzo King himself says, “to find the artist within the artist”.

What I loved most was being part of the creative process. It was a joy watching the students minds and bodies tick as they experimented with different ways of moving and expressing themselves. It was also very inspiring to see their willingness to fall and get up again and again. And of course, making it all seem so effortless when they get on stage. 

I am particularly grateful for Karah Abiog, the LINES Training Program Director, for allowing me this opportunity to capture such a wonderful group of students. And I am incredibly thankful for the students allowing me in on their most intimate moments in their growth as artists.

A big part of photography is the desire to celebrate and remember those I photograph. It is in many ways, my way of saying, “Look! Over here!” I hope these photos give not just the students justice, but the LINES Training Program and anybody else out their with a dream as well.

With the deepest gratitude from my heart.

Thank you.

  LINES Ballet Training Program   I’ve always wanted to photograph a ballet school. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but it must be my fascination with grace, strength, and an overall admiration for those who are willing to put themselves on the line and show up with honesty.   Everybody sees the talent and spectacle of professional dancers, but where do these people come from? What are their backgrounds? Who were they before they became what we see now? What type of training did they have to go through in order to get there?  I wanted to document the life of a dancer before they hit the big stage.   The LINES Ballet Training Program is one of the most prestigious dance programs in the nation. It is also one of the most rigorous. Upon entry, LINES Trainees sign up for a two-year intensive curriculum designed to push students to the limit. For many, a typical day starts as early as 6 in the morning, and despite the fatigue, sore muscles, strained ligaments, bruises, aches, and floor burns, the trainees show up day in and day out.   This is their stepping stone.   Beyond dance techniques, the LINES Ballet Training Program provides the space for dancers to find out what they are capable of, or as Alonzo King himself says, “to find the artist within the artist”.  What I loved most was being part of the creative process. It was a joy watching the students minds and bodies tick as they experimented with different ways of moving and expressing themselves. It was also very inspiring to see their willingness to fall and get up again and again. And of course, making it all seem so effortless when they get on stage.   I am particularly grateful for Karah Abiog, the LINES Training Program Director, for allowing me this opportunity to capture such a wonderful group of students. And I am incredibly thankful for the students allowing me in on their most intimate moments in their growth as artists.  A big part of photography is the desire to celebrate and remember those I photograph. It is in many ways, my way of saying, “Look! Over here!” I hope these photos give not just the students justice, but the LINES Training Program and anybody else out their with a dream as well.  With the deepest gratitude from my heart.  Thank you.
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LBTP_018793.jpg
LBTP_010857.jpg
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