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 started dancing aged five. At 12 I danced with the Imperial Russian Ballet. When I was 15 I became junior dance captain at school. At 16 I attended Queensland Ballet Summer School. I became a ballet teacher when I turned 14 and hopefully will continue into the future. I do ballet, hip hop, contemporary and jazz
What are you dancing goals? I want to inspire the younger generations to have the same passion for dance as I do.
Who has supported you? My mum! She has paid for all the classes, costumes, shoes, dance gear, makeup and hair accessories. My teachers also, have believed in me.
Who inspires you? The children that I teach.
What is your favourite genre? Ballet and contemporary.
I have been dancing since I was three! I have done every style of dance, but at the moment I do grade eight ballet, contemporary and elite ballet.
What are your dancing goals? When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina, but after school I would like to travel around the world on the cruise ships as a dancer or an entertainer.
Who has supported you? The people who have helped me so far have been all my teachers, and all of the vacation schools I’ve attended.
Who inspires you? My family who encourage me to do better and strive further. Also my dance teachers who support me and provide wise words.
What’s your favourite genre? This is really hard! Um, I really love all dance genres but my favourite would be contemporary and ballet.
More dancers featured next week!
Photography by Odd Violet Creative
Make-up by Meg Chapman (of Arbonne)