These girls are impressive. This was the first piece I shot for Gulfshore Ballet. I was told to show up on a Saturday morning and be prepared to stay a while. They did not disappoint.

When you watch a final performance, you see the dancers in their most polished state. Hair and makeup, costumes are sewn on tight, and they’re smiling because… apparently that’s what they’re supposed to do. This is not them at their best.

At their best, their hair is down. They’re wearing worn out old tights with their favorite slippers. They “go for it” because no one is watching, and when the restraints are off.

There are no expectations, and so their creativity flows like water. They try new things. They jump higher because landing perfectly is not an imperative. They are at their best when no one is watching, as we all are. When we don’t need to move in lockstep, we can focus on the moment and get into flow…. And flow is where we should stay. Visit the Gulfshore Ballet website here.

“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” -Charles Baudelaire