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Stephanie in New York City, 2017 | © Dane Shitagi, courtesy of The Ballerina Project
Stephanie in New York City, 2017 | © Dane Shitagi, courtesy of The Ballerina Project
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Tour The World with The Beautiful 'Ballerina Project'

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 17 August 2017

For the past 17 years, New York-based photographer Dane Shitagi has been snapping ballet dancers in different locations around the world to captivating effect. Now with over one million Instagram followers, his beautiful Ballerina Project has truly enraptured people’s attention and hearts. 

The premise of Ballerina Project was simple, photograph ballerinas in “harmony with their environment.” Whether it’s against iconic skylines in the most romantic city, colourful street art or tranquil park vistas, Shitagi takes time to choose his diverse sites in which the ballerina can connect and animate in a striking way.

Starting with Hawaii, Shitagi soon expanded his locations within the US to New York, Boston, Toronto, Miami and San Francisco. And has since started to work in London, Paris and South America. Bringing ballet to the streets like this has really resonated with Shitagi’s social followers who can also sign up for exclusive access to images and limited edition prints on the project’s website.

“The crafts of dance and photography are truly upheld on both ends of the creation of the Ballerina Project,” states Shitagi, whose stunning muses are a mixture of corps de ballet, soloists and principal dancers from world class dance companies including San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.

Find below a selection of our favourites from the extensive on-going archive.

WanTing in Central Park, New York

Sae Eun Park in Paris

Gina Scott in Camden Town, London

Kate in Argentina

Juliet Doherty in Tempe, Arizona

Nardia on 59th Street, New York

Francesca Hayward in East London

Iana Salenko in Kensington Gardens, London

Ana Sophia Scheller at Floyd Bennett Field

Violeta on the Williamsburg Bridge

Miko Fogarty in Chinatown, San Francisco

Francesca Hayward in Trafalgar Square

Kathryn Boren in Paris

Juliet Doherty in San Francisco

Stephanie at Union Square

Kathryn Boren in Montmartre, Paris

Rachel Richardson in Prospect Park, Brooklyn