Jim Fiscus’ Atlanta Ballet photos of exuberant dancers are an exhilarating visual invitation to attend a recital. Many of our cultural images of ballet are recollections of 19th century painters, like Degas and Renoir, but as a performance art, ballet is vibrant and contemporary.

To make the lively and unexpected aspects of ballet a little more clear, some of Jim Fiscus’ Atlanta Ballet photos capture contemporary dancers in mid-air. Other images present dancers in what might not be thought of as ballet attire -- Victorian-era frockcoats and top hats, for example.