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Old 12-29-2004, 12:21 PM
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Help with dance poses


I have been shooting a group of Dance classes for the last 2 years, I feel that my poses are getting repettative, would anyone care to share ideas on this subject, I generally shoot with feet posed and some with arms over head, I offer them in a folio where a group 5x7 with 4x5 on top
ages are anywhere from 8-18, I would think being a dance class they would have a few poses but everyone of them comes up and say what do I do? we pose them but I have heard some parents saying they want something different, another pose I use is hands on hips feet spread and 3/4 to camera,
its cute but we are shooting about 300 girls so i want to be able to offer something different, I will try a chair this year and some other ideas, Thanks
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:28 PM
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Re: Help with dance poses

Dennis,

What I do is have the instructor for each group help pose the kids. Not only do they have a variety of poses at their disposal, but they know which details to watch for - "jazz hands", etc. It has made my job MUCH easier on many levels. I just explained this to the dance school's manager that I needed the instructors to do this for the photos. Since they were already going to be there, they had no problem with that.

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Old 12-29-2004, 02:23 PM
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Re: Help with dance poses

Thanks, I will try that and I think I will do 4 poses on an 8x10 for them to look at while waiting to start them thinking

Thanks for the help
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:40 PM
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Re: Help with dance poses

Look at various web pages for ideas. Select some of the dance poses from class or production images. Here are some....

http://members.shaw.ca/eclat/
http://68.146.47.188/SAB/sab.html
http://68.146.47.188/SAB/index.html
http://www.rfdesigns.org/ibc/
http://www.ncarts.edu/ncsaprod/dance/gallery.asp

Most of the attractive dance positions can be done either statically or can be done in motion with flash - the difficulty is to choose a pose that is within the ability of the young dancer. Most shots I have seen of children are simply the youngster facing the camera in one of the basic body positions:

http://michaelminn.net/andros/index.html

I think it is much nicer to get some images in motion or with some off-beat body position.

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Old 12-30-2004, 07:30 PM
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Dennis,

Another option is to ask the dance studio for some of their costume/uniform catalogs. They are FULL of dancers posing in different outfits, so you'd have more poses & ideas than you'll ever need.
They've helped me out many times. Even the instructors & their assistants run out of ideas, so the book helps them, too!

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Old 12-30-2004, 10:10 PM
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Re: Help with dance poses

Thanks to all that replied I will take the suggestions anf give them a try, I have about 3 weeks before we start,

thanks again and Happy New Year to all
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:06 AM
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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!

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