What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

One Lucky 13-Year-Old


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Daniil Simkin, Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

I first came across these unbelievably glamorous portraits on Facebook. I couldn’t stop looking at them, and I still can’t. These photos are part of the NYC Dance Project, photographed by life partners Ken Browar and Deborah Ory. Both are professional photographers. Ory has a background as a ballet dancer, and Browar has been working as a fashion photographer for years. They knew they wanted to do a project together, but it took their 13-year-old to show them what the project should be.

“The inspiration for the project came from decorating our 13-year-old daughter Sarah’s room. Sarah is an aspiring ballerina and wanted her room filled with dance photographs. We made extensive searches at bookstores, on the internet (Amazon, eBay and others) and galleries. We purchased books, calendars and other photos and to our disappointment were not able to find images of the current dancers that Sarah admired. There were beautiful images of famous dancers from past generations – such as Baryshnikov or Markova, taken more than 40 years ago – but nothing of the current stars.

“Ken decided we needed to photograph these dancers ourselves. We were great fans of Daniil Simkin, the American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer and sent him an email asking him to be our first subject. Daniil loves photography and agreed to be photographed.” -Deborah Ory

While the project may have been born out of necessity, the photos were well planned, spectacularly lit, and beautifully shot. They serve as a stunning illustration of the beauty of the (perfectly honed) human form.

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Charlotte Landreau, Martha Graham Dance Company

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Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

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Jacqueline Green, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

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Sean Aaron Carmon and Michael Jackson Jr., Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


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Ashley Ellis, Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

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Calvin Royal, American Ballet Theatre

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Gillian Murphy, Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

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Artem Ovcharenko, Bolshio Ballet

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Nayara Lopes, Dance Theatre of Harlem Sterling Baca, American Ballet Theatre

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Isabella Boylston, Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

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Sean Aaron Carmon, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

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Jenelle Figgins, Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Barton Cowperthwaite, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “One Lucky 13-Year-Old

  1. The human form is so beautiful.

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  2. Those are amazing! The poses captured are incredible. I would love to draw those poses.

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  3. While I appreciated ballet I never liked it because I didn’t understand it. Recently Maya Plisetskaya died watching her dance just amazed me she was beautiful to watch. I guess it was not that I didn’t like ballet I just hadn’t seen any one good.
    Beautiful pictures.

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  4. These photos are gorgeous. My daughter was a ballerina for a long while, and I decorated her room with David Hamilton photos. They were dreamy, but these photos are crazy stunning.

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  5. This human form takes eight hours a day, seven days a week and starting at the age seven. They are stronger than football players, and they cannot make a living with their talent. It is amazing that their love for what they do is greater than our appreciation of their talent. Madonna was a trained ballet dancer, but she figured out that she wouldn’t make a penny with it. She was smart, wasn’t she?

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  6. Working muscles doing 100% of what they’re meant to do. Just perfect.

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