Re: Help with dance poses
We use a combination of the above suggestions - we always have a teacher as a "poser" who handles the kids which is good on many fronts as they typically know the kids already, know the dances they are doing, and it is one more "safeguard" against anyone ever claiming something inapropriate happened during session, which is something you really need to be careful of nowadays.
The other things we've done in the past was to scour several costume catalogs and pull pictures that were good poses. We have done enough dance studios using those poses in the past that we now have a few cardboard laminated sheets with long roll (nearly wallet size) contacts on them from past shoots of best poses, and we break those down into Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro pages and keep them handy at the side for the teacher to get quick inspiration when needed.
IMHO, one thing we need to always do as a photographer is to help educate the dancer and dance teacher what poses will LOOK and SELL best for the parents of young dancers. Our experience is that parents still prefer great expressions to the "artsty" pensive ballerina shots, especially on younger kids. Also, little ones are often unable to hold a complex pose for long (or at ALL) for pictures, so simple is always better with the wee ones. As we work year after year with the same posers and teachers, we develop a raport with them and they learn to trust our subtle directions during posing and we end up with quicker sittings and better looking pictures in the end.
PS - Duct tape applied liberally to the feet of a 3 year old ballerina will hold them still for 30 seconds... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] just kidding!