Dance Warm Up Photo Series
Dance is a challenging and powerful art form. Not everyone can kick their leg up to their head or jump 5 feet up into the air with their legs in a perfect split. It takes years and years of training and a strong individual with the right mindset to persevere through roadblocks and doubts. Not only is dance art, but it is an athletic sport. A dancer’s body is their tool, just as a paintbrush is to a painter. If it is not taken care of, it can not perform as well the next time it is asked to be used. Dancers cannot demand these unbelievable actions of their bodies on the spot. They must nurture every muscle, joint, and tendon that they move. The consequences of not taking care of their bodies could be career-ending injuries that wash dreams down the drain. Warming up is how the dancer physically and mentally prepares.
Taking the steps to warm up with a few jumping jacks, practicing plies and lunges, and sliding into a split before running on stage to do a leap can make a huge difference. Dancers always strive for growth and consistency in their performance. Stretching is how they make their legs go higher in the air or have a stronger arched back. Without it, our performance can be weakened.
Warming up the Mind
Whether it is a show at Radio City Music Hall, a small performance outside, or a photoshoot, preparing our mind is just as important as preparing our body. Dancers are trained to make everything look simple and easy with even the most difficult of moves. We can never let our stress and fear make an appearance to the audience, let alone be captured in a picture. Warming up, breathing and clearing the mind allows room for focus and determination no matter the task that is put in front of you.
Guest Writer: Mia Crider
A little About Mia
I have been shooting Mia since she was a rising junior and dancing at Holly Springs School of Dance. Her first shoot she came out to the Eno River in Durham NC and risked her life. She has been part of some of my best dance series. You can see her through out my portfolio. She is currently in her sophomore year at Montclair State University as a BFA dance major. She also drives a cool Jeep.
Kuja Studios | Wendell NC
When thinking about shooting this series I had imagined hardwoods floors and big windows. After several months of searching, I had resigned myself to shooting the whole series outdoors. Mid 2020 the studio contacted me to come out and tour their facility. It was a dream come true. The studio manager is great and it has everything I need for dance photography. I have to thank Kuja Studios for making my “Dance Warm Up” series come to light.
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