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99 Beautiful Ballet Photoshoots

From Black Swan-Inspired Frocks to Prancing Mod Editorials

— June 4, 2012 — Fashion
These beautiful ballet photoshoots merge fine art productions with a time-honored activity. Droves of ballerinas have been recruited for these ventures, and for those that solely feature models, the incorporation of slippers and tutus has made the snapshots come across as realistic depictions of the graceful sport.

Black swan-inspired frocks and prancing mod editorials have become almost commonplace. Live performances like 'Swan Lake' have given rise to the graceful choreography, leading photographers and stylists to hone in on body suits, leggings and slicked back updos. At the same time, many of these ventures have released atypical renderings, showcasing blood-stained dancers, demonic gazes and black dancing apparel. The juxtaposition of this soft form of expression with dark and almost sadistic undertones provides a modern take on the classic masterpieces.
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Cautionary Canine Campaigns
Cautionary Canine Campaigns
The Bold Ogilvy Agency Creates an Ad to Encourage Poop Scoopers
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97
Whimsical Waiflike Ballerina Photography
Whimsical Waiflike Ballerina Photography
The Soul Plasticity Art Series is Digitally Stunning
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96
Balletlike Skateboarding Shorts
Balletlike Skateboarding Shorts
Kilian Martin 'A Skate Illustration' Shows the Sport at its Best
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95
Mischievous Youth Commercials
Mischievous Youth Commercials
The 'Miss Chief' Hovis Bread Commercial is Trouble-Making Fun
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94
Banksy-Inspired Ads
Banksy-Inspired Ads
This IKEA Street Art is Reminiscent of the Anonymous Artists
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93
Digital Statue Dancers
Digital Statue Dancers
The 360 Project Gets Moves from All Angles
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92
Barely-Legible Ballet Ads
Barely-Legible Ballet Ads
The Josip Kelava Ads for Australia's Melbourne Dance Company
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91
Ballet Meets Kung Fu Stop Motion
Ballet Meets Kung Fu Stop Motion
Omadaka Kyoteizinc Techno Dance
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90
Artistic Acrobatic Pictorials
Artistic Acrobatic Pictorials
Vitaly Sokolovsky Captures the Rhythm of Dance in Russia's Streets
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89
Dancing Denim Adverts
Dancing Denim Adverts
The Korean Levi's Ballet Video Shows Anything is Possible in Jeans
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88
Balanced Ballerina Captures
Balanced Ballerina Captures
Annarella Academy Ballet Masquerade Shoot by Carla Portugal Shines
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87
Tulletography
Tulletography
Sergey Serichenko ‘Margarita' Uses Netting to Weave Storyline
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86
Banshee Ballerinas
Banshee Ballerinas
The 'Ballet of Ghosts' by Suren Manvelyan is Stunningly Ethereal
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85
Black Swan-Inspired Frocks
Black Swan-Inspired Frocks
Hellz 'Bed Time Stories' Dress Turns You Into a Ballerina
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Purple Haze Fashionistas
Purple Haze Fashionistas
See Double with the Lidia Kochetkova by Djamel Boucly Shoot
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83
Nouveau Ballerina Lookbooks
Nouveau Ballerina Lookbooks
The HectorHector Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 Collection is Elegant
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82
Ferocious Ballet Choreography
Ferocious Ballet Choreography
Amalia Bennett Creates a New Ballet Vocabulary
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81
Haute Humanimalism
Haute Humanimalism
'Unique' Animal Dresses are Creative and Stylish
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80
Superimposed Ballet Prints
Superimposed Ballet Prints
These Nolobo Ads for Smuin are Hip and Cultured
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79
Pajama Dancing Pictorials
Pajama Dancing Pictorials
'English Lads Can Dance!' Snaps the Stars of Swan Lake
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78
Interactive Ballet Storefronts
Interactive Ballet Storefronts
Passersby Change Ballerina's Image in the Repetto Window Display
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Hurricane Chic
Hurricane Chic
Fashion From Debris
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Black Swan Designer Details
Black Swan Designer Details
The Maria Nordstrom Autumn/Winter 2012/13 Collection is Feather-Clad
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Whitewashed Seasonal Spreads
Whitewashed Seasonal Spreads
Winter's Last Dance by Caitlin Bellah has a Milky Magnificence
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74
Black Swan Sunglasses
Black Swan Sunglasses
The Fidelity Denim Summer 2010 Lookbook is Retro-Chic
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Flexible Performer Photography
Flexible Performer Photography
The British Vogue 'Let's Dance' Spread Stars Arizona Muse
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Haunted Puppetography
Haunted Puppetography
Vogue Russia May 2010 Editorial is Spooky Yet Ethereal
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71
Levitating Dancer Photography
Levitating Dancer Photography
'Fly!' from Fiona Conrad Features a Soaring Ballet Dancer
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Regal Celeb Shoots
Regal Celeb Shoots
The Natalie Portman Vogue Editorial is Graceful and Poised
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69
Injured Models in Ads
Injured Models in Ads
Lara Stone with Ankle Wrap in Jean Paul Gaultier Spring ‘09
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68
Subculture Dancetography
Subculture Dancetography
'La Movida' Captures the Beauty in Alternative Dancers
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67
Piercing Celebritorials
Piercing Celebritorials
The Mila Kunis W Magazine Editorial Exudes Her Gorgeous Glare
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Ballet-Inspired Fashion
Ballet-Inspired Fashion
Hussein Chalayan Faun Costumes Flows With the Dancers' Bodies
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Badass Black Crowns
Badass Black Crowns
Lady Gaga in a Bad Romance Gets Dangerously Eccentric
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64
Black Swan Photoshoots
Black Swan Photoshoots
The Winona Ryder GQ Spread is Sensually Alluring
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63
Wicked Dancer Editorials
Wicked Dancer Editorials
Black Swan by Laura Neumeister Captures an Exquisite Evil
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Pregnant Ballerinas
Pregnant Ballerinas
"MaEternal"
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61
Bashful Ballerina Photography
Bashful Ballerina Photography
The Acne Paper Youth Issue Bolshoi Theater Spread Captures Movement
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60
Ruffled Fashiontography
Ruffled Fashiontography
Surface Magazine Issue #81 Shows Tulle Like Never Before
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59
Beautiful Ballet Lookbooks
Beautiful Ballet Lookbooks
La Danse Catalog Features Fashions from Clever Nettle and Summerland
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58
Precious Parisian Princess Dresses
Precious Parisian Princess Dresses
The Clemence Peosy Glamour UK Shoot is Playful and Adorable
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Movie Star Meets Superstar Dancer
Movie Star Meets Superstar Dancer
Schiffer & Bolle for Salvatore Ferragamo
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56
Woven Dance Posters
Woven Dance Posters
The Dutch National Ballet 'Theme Variations' Campaign
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55
Dancetography
Dancetography
Summer Glau Stretches in Ballet Photoshoot with Tyler Shields
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54
Poingnant Ballerina Pictorials
Poingnant Ballerina Pictorials
'I Met You for a Reason' Alludes to Unsettling Psychology
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53
Haunting Ballet Photography
Haunting Ballet Photography
The Mila Kunis LA Times Magazine Spread is White Hot
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Prancing Editorials
Prancing Editorials
Diego Miguel and Adrian Cardoso Are a Fashionable Dancing Duo
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51
Sporty Spring Fashion
Sporty Spring Fashion
Vogue China Introduces 2010 Spring Styles With Karlie Kloss
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50
Politically Infused Sculptures
Politically Infused Sculptures
Penny Byrne Adds Ironic Humor to Porcelain Figures
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49
Underwater Human Life Photography
Underwater Human Life Photography
The Staudinger & Franke 'Life Below the Surface' Series is Deep
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48
Pink Ballet Corsets
Pink Ballet Corsets
Nicole Richie Works It for Marie Claire UK February 2010 Issue
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Powdery Dancer Photography
Powdery Dancer Photography
Marcus Steinmeyer Captures His Model 'Flying High'
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Retro Ballerina Clothing
Retro Ballerina Clothing
The Lyell Fall 2009 Collection is Delicate and Sublime
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Surreal Fairytale Photographs
Surreal Fairytale Photographs
This Lissy Elle Self-Portraiture is Feminine and Beautiful
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Urban Dancer Pictorials (UPDATE)
Urban Dancer Pictorials (UPDATE)
Dane Shitagi's 'Ballerina Project' Brings Grace to the Streets
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Poetic Nude Portraits
Poetic Nude Portraits
Poetry Takes Form by Thomas Sing Brings Literature to the Skin
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Mishmash Fashion Photography
Mishmash Fashion Photography
The Nick D'Emilio 'Adornment' Series is Entirely Embellished
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Vintage Ballet Photography
Vintage Ballet Photography
Marzia Fossati's 'Une Beaute Russe' Series is Eerily Beautiful
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40
Exhilarating Dancer Promos
Exhilarating Dancer Promos
Jim Fiscus' Atlanta Ballet Photos for Performance Art
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Submerged Dancer Photography
Submerged Dancer Photography
The Hugh Hamilton Bodies Series is Hauntingly Beautiful and Surreal
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Prancing Mod Shoots
Prancing Mod Shoots
Valeria Melnyk Marie Claire Turkey Spread is a Jumpy Editorial
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Morose Fantasy Depictions
Morose Fantasy Depictions
Angeline Thong Renders Dark Images with Morbid Motifs
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Warm-Up Tattoography
Warm-Up Tattoography
Inked Girl Natalie Jean Knows How to Pose
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Dilapidated Building Dance Recitals
Dilapidated Building Dance Recitals
Alexey Novikov Captures a Ballerina in an Abandoned Edifice
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Sublime Dance Photography
Sublime Dance Photography
Peter Hapak Captures the Passion of Cuban Ballet Dancers
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Mid-Street Metro Ballet
Mid-Street Metro Ballet
Richard Calmes Dance Photography Raises the Bar in NYC
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Beautiful Balletography
Beautiful Balletography
Josh Edwards' 'Dancers' Showcases the Elegance of Live Arts
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Bold Ballerina Editorials
Bold Ballerina Editorials
Diana Vishneva Strikes a Pose for Vogue
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Classical Dance Captures
Classical Dance Captures
Ballet by A. Borisov Studio is Soft, Romantic and Whimsical
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Male Ballet Editorials
Male Ballet Editorials
The Atti­tude Magazine June 2012 Issue Dances Across the Page
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Bloody Ballerina Shoots
Bloody Ballerina Shoots
'Ichor' by Aaron McPolin Recalls Gory Greek Mythology
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Ethereal Fairy Photography
Ethereal Fairy Photography
Atelier by Stefan Giftthaler is Full of Soft and Subtle Beauty
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Retro Carnival Couture
Retro Carnival Couture
Photographer Xi Sinsong Captures Chic Clown-Inspired Looks
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Romeo and Juliet Fashion Editorials
Romeo and Juliet Fashion Editorials
'Love of a Lifetime' in Vogue
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Badass Ballerinas
Badass Ballerinas
Discover the Anything-But-Stuffy Realm of Alternative Ballet
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Delicate Ballerina Shoots
Delicate Ballerina Shoots
Cade Martin's Photography Has Plenty of Fun Fair Flair
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Swan Lake Fashion
Swan Lake Fashion
The Denisa Dvorakova Ballet Shoot for Vogue Russia February 2011
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Haunting Showgirl Shoots
Haunting Showgirl Shoots
The Kate Moss Vogue Japan Editorial is Glamorously Gritty and Dark
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Gravity-Defining Ballerinas
Gravity-Defining Ballerinas
Model Irina Lazareanu Graces Marie Claire Italy May 2010
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Risque Ballet Photography
Risque Ballet Photography
Boris Ovini for 'On The Field' Magazine Shoots Models Anastasya and Ela
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Naughty Ballerina Videography
Naughty Ballerina Videography
Dimosthenis Grivas' Quick-Shot Film is Frenetic & Powerful
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Prima Ballerina Pictorials
Prima Ballerina Pictorials
'Curtain Call' in Elle Shows the Life of a Fashion-Forward Dancer
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Unadorned Ballerina Pictorials
Unadorned Ballerina Pictorials
Magdalena Fiolka by Lukasz Pukowiec is Romantically Simple
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Epic Ballet Photography
Epic Ballet Photography
Konstantinos Rigos Reimagines The Nutcracker in a Post-Modern Photoshoot
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Lounging Lingerie Ballerinas
Lounging Lingerie Ballerinas
'Claire Beth' by Abi Harrison Blends Burlesque and Ballet
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Dangerously Dark Fashion
Dangerously Dark Fashion
Kevin Sinclair Photographs Beauty Bruna Tenório for Vestal Magazine
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Flexible Dance Photography
Flexible Dance Photography
This Vihao Pham Ballet Photo Series Will Keep You on Your Toes
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Boho Ballerina Editorials
Boho Ballerina Editorials
The Amanda Norgaard Smug Magazine is Gracefully Raw
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Bohemian Ballerina Fashion
Bohemian Ballerina Fashion
The Free People April 2011 Lookbook Mixes Grace with Comfort
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Elegant Ballet Fashionography
Elegant Ballet Fashionography
This Jan Masny Photo Series Captures a Delicate Form of Art
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Fashionable Muscletography
Fashionable Muscletography
Gisele Gets Swept Off Her Feet for Solve Sundsbo
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7
Urban Ballerina Photography
Urban Ballerina Photography
La Danse by Javier Miqueleiz is Absolutely en Pointe
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Sidewalk Dancer Photography
Sidewalk Dancer Photography
Dane Shitagi's "Ballerina Project' is Simply Beautiful
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Black Swan-Inspired Catwalks
Black Swan-Inspired Catwalks
The Trash Couture Spring 2012 Brings Ballerina Fashion to the Runway
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Honest Best Picture Posters
Honest Best Picture Posters
The Shiznit Makes Literal Posters for This Year's Nominees
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Ballerina-Inspired Photoshoots
Ballerina-Inspired Photoshoots
'Danze' in Amica Italy March 2010 is Stunning
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Badass Dancer Shoots
Badass Dancer Shoots
Freja Beha Erichsen is a 'Tough Ballerina' in Interview Magazine
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Dancer Nude Photography
Dancer Nude Photography
Klaus Kampert Shoots Nude Ballerina Dancers for Deutsche Oper Am Rhein Bal
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