My journey of ballet discovery began at a moderately-sized studio tucked behind the Downtown Athletic Club. I knew this was exactly where I needed to be, not because co-director Hannah Bontrager told me the address, but because a Zorro poster adorned every window pane.
I walked in cautiously; I mean, this was my first time ever walking into a professional ballet studio. I was directed upstairs to meet Hannah in person.
Below is a synopsis of my short trip to the studio, in photos and captions:
As practice went on, I could begin to feel the tension in the studio and a sense that I should probably leave soon. That was confirmed when Donna politely asked me to, which I was fine with – I had gotten a good amount of photos and audio for my first day visiting. The tension was merely from trying to perfect the scene they were working on – a scene that will be performed for hundreds in just one week.
Overall I had a fun experience at the studio. It was definitely new for me, and I spent the majority of it trying to get a feel for it and what exactly I wanted/needed to shoot. I’m excited to come back again now that I have a solid idea of what I’m getting myself into. Thank you to Ballet Fantastique for giving me an exclusive look into the inner workings of your company!