When watching any dancer perform or train it always amazes me what the human body can do especially when that person is only 13. Gillian’s mother called me one afternoon and asked if I would take some photographs of her daughter for an audition that Gillian was attending. The one main requirement for this particular audition was that each dancer needed to bring with them a 5″x7″ photograph of him or her jumping. The cool thing was if Gillian was accepted she would then be able to attend an intensive workshop either in Los Angeles or New York City with some of the top choreographers in the dance world, dancing 8 hours a day for a week straight. So the three of us came up with some ideas, hired the amazing and talented hair and make up artist Teslin Ward (http://www.teslinward.com), rented a space, and started shooting.
Gillian would consider herself a contemporary dancer and the shoot consisted of using both dance costumes and a variety of street wear that she felt comfortable dancing and moving in. There were a few spills, a few awkward faces, but try to imagine kicking your leg up to your face, giving a genuine smile, maintaining your composure, having good technique, and make it look effortless. Not as easy as it sounds does it?
Gillian was a trooper and continued to jump, move, and one particular moment she even kneed herself in the face. She never stopped until we got the shot which made working with this amazing talent such a joy.
Also a huge shout out to Prestige Dance Academy for allowing us to use the space: http://www.prestigedance.com
You can also see a previous shoot with another young Calgary dancer here: http://jeremyfokkens.com/blog/young-calgary-dancer-andrea/