Amanda, of Odd Violet Creative Photography, started taking photos of dance students as a way to encourage and uplift them. She was surprised that these beautiful, talented, athletic young women often didn't realise how incredible they were. So Urban Ballerina kicked off as a way to empower these dancers to think of themselves a little differently and see their worth and beauty afresh.
We're excited to announce that Odd Violet has partnered with bella to bring you stunning snaps of daring dancers on the regular!
Today’s movement makers are from Queensland. The theme of this shoot was Streetkids and photos were taken at a local skate park. Amanda said there were a few skaters zipping around at the time, who were very sweet and respectful, if not using a bit of colourful language.
Without further ado please let us introduce you to...
I have been dancing all my life and have sat every classical exam. I began jazz and contemporary this year.
What are your dancing goals? To continue to do the grade and vocational exams.
Who has supported you? My mum and my dance teacher.
Who inspires you? The dancers that I met at Queensland Ballet when I was in their production of Coppelia.
Your favourite dance genre? Classical.
I started dancing when I was 8. Since then I have been taught many dance styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, commercial jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. This is my 9th year of dance.
What are you dancing goals? My dream is to be a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance? (Australia) and to be coached by Jason Winter.
Who has supported you? My teachers, friends and family.
Who inspires you? Sophia Lucia inspires me as she is so young and has been so successful. Maddie Zieglar is also another inspiration. She has so much flair and technique, and has been in music videos for Sia.
What is your favourite genre? Tap and jazz.
I’ve been dancing since I was three years old. I have done troupe, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and tap. I only do hip hop and contemporary now.
What are you dancing goals? I would like to improve my flexibility and restart ballet to earn pointe shoes.
Who has supported you? My mum is always encouraging and supporting me, and all of my teachers.
Who inspires you? The girls I dance with, seeing them succeed inspires me to succeed and improve.
What is your favourite genre? Contemporary.
More dancers featured next week!
Photography by Odd Violet Creative
Make-up by Meg Chapman (of Arbonne)