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The Artful Ballerina Calendar

Sixteen Month Calendar Starting September 2018 through December 2019 Available Now


The Artful Ballerina Calendar idea came to us a few years back when we attended our 6 year old granddaughter's dance recital in Red Lodge, Montana.   

   We were already thinking of this idea of creating artistic photographs of ballerinas out in the natural landscapes around our area when we first saw photographs of ballerinas taken in urban cityscapes. These graceful ballerinas photographed in bustling cities showed off their elegance that inspired us to do something similar using the natural landscapes surrounding us in Montana we are blessed with. Thinking we would be working with adult professional ballerinas we attended several dance recitals in the surrounding area and were disappointed that the ballerinas were not 'en pointe'. But when we attended our granddaughter's recital, who was taking beginning ballet, we were astonished and thrilled when we saw the advanced ballerinas dancing 'en pointe' right here in our local community.  

Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all her body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes.


    We were told these advanced ballet dancers, who ranged in age from 12 to 18 years old, who have been dancing since a young age, worked very hard to get to this stage and we were excited to show the world their accomplishments. That's when we approached the local dance studio owner and asked if she would be interested in us photographing her dancers in our surrounding area. She was thrilled and excited also so we came up with the idea to create a calendar of images for the dancers to sell so they could use the funds towards their expenses of pointe shoes, dance camps, tuition, costumes, travel costs and more.

    And what we get out of it, as artistic photographers, is the ability to creatively express our visions of beauty and grace through lasting images. Our ultimate goal is to show these dancers through their images and their experiences creating them just how beautiful they are when they express themselves through dance. We tell them we are looking for images that have 'feeling' to them not necessarily perfect technique.

    We have no intention of profiting from the sales of these calendars, just recouping the costs of the printing. This creative process involves the dancers, their parents, us as the photographers, their ballet dance teacher Elizabeth Prather, the Red Lodge School of Dance studio owner Pat Luptak, and of course mother nature. We thank everyone involved in this creative endeavor and hope you get as much joy out of seeing the finished product as we do.

    We hope you enjoy our 2018-2019 Artful Ballerina Calendar, our third edition, and make sure to look for future editions showcasing our upcoming 'en pointe' ballet dancers in the making.

With gratitude, photographer's Gene and Tracy

 By purchasing this calendar for yourself and as gifts for others you are helping a young dancer know how much we value her dedication to this art and are grateful for her gifts of dance that she shares with us and the rest of the world

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