The NYC Dance Project is an initiative designed to showcase the magical world of dance and dancers. It was founded by fashion/beauty photographer Ken Browar and dancer/photographer Deborah Ory, and the beautiful pictures you can see here are taken from a book called The Art of Movement that's soon to be released.

Inspiration for the project came when Ken and Deborah were decorating their daughter's room. They wanted to fill it with pictures of contemporary dance stars (their daughter's an aspiring ballerina), but unable to find many they decided to photograph those dancers themselves. They got in touch with a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and asked if they could photograph him. He agreed, word quickly spread, and soon Ken and Deborah had several requests for collaboration from other members of the NYC dance community. Take a look at some of our favorite pictures below. The Art of Movement is released on October 2 and you can pre-order it here.

More info: NYC Dance Project (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

A burst of liquid beauty. Stunning.

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

Human infinity.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

Ah this dress~~~<3

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Mow 2 years ago

Look at the strength...gorgeous

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

The strength tho... :O

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Annette Blanks 2 years ago

The 1st ballerina I've seen with boobs!

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

The yards and yards of silk and organza move so perfectly with the dancers.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

Human-sea horse~~~ :O

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

Yeah, no biggie, I'ma just suspend the laws of physics by suspending myself here in mid-air for a bit.

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marianna armata 2 years ago

statuesque as a Greek Goddess

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

WOW!!! :O

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

Fly like a Phenix~~~

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Mow 2 years ago

Like water... flowing through air

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Erica Lin 2 years ago

and this one

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

Such beauty is almost too much for this mere mortal to bear. The exquisite gown and her soaring height are spectacular.

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guess 2 years ago

thissss dresssss

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Flora Polvado 2 years ago

Again, reminds me of my mother's irises

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

The Black Swan in all her glory.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

So beautiful~~~

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Daria B 2 years ago

Boy: "Don't fly away from me... I love you!" Girl: "Hold on tight. We'll fly together!"

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

This. Such pain it requires to create such mind-blowing, effortless-appearing beauty.

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Sarah Garland 2 years ago

She looks like a wave came to life and started dancing.

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

*swoooon* The black-banded hem makes this cloud of organza even more marvelous.

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Martin Hudec 2 years ago

A phoenix has risen from the ashes!

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Hiruya 2 years ago

Like a greek goddess

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Amelia Haynes 2 years ago

This makes me think of a genie who just came out of his lamp ☺️

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MarieR 2 years ago

Jewellery box ballerina come to life <3

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

So PERFECT!!!

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Merrill 2 years ago

Beautiful dress! Elegant dancer

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Gina Kashuk 2 years ago

She is floating

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

Anyone who believes ballet is frivolous needs to see these photos. The human strength and discipline required to achieve such impossible beauty is mind-blowing. Perhaps the only difference between Olympic athletes and ballet athletes is that these dancers must make it look completely effortless.

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Amy Charles 2 years ago

An iris in bloom.

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

The power and strength of these athletes of ballet seems superhuman. I could not watch the film the Black Swan because the director had portrayed, especially with sound, the physical pain and brutal impact on the feet that was too visceral, too palpable for this wimp to withstand.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

YES! Freedom!!!!!!!

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Amy Charles 2 years ago

Stunning lines, grace and angles.

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

A queen about to be crowned.

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Sharon Fantarella 1 year ago

Fluid. Like wine

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

A glorious cheetah; silent and utterly still before exploding in pure muscled energy.

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ravyn369 2 years ago

Blackbird soaring in the dead of night...

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POWERPUFF GRRLZ 2 years ago

um what's a thyroid

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Amel Riansyah Abgan 2 years ago

Like a classic painting

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Nicole Romero 2 years ago

She's so beautiful :)

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POWERPUFF GRRLZ 2 years ago

First!

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Roselientje 2 years ago

Wow these muscles

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Lucero Gutierrez 2 years ago

Peter Pan!!!

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

Stunning!!!!

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Jameykay Huffman 1 year ago

Can we get some credit for the designer in these photos? Couture dress made by Liz White of LWD Couture http://lizwhitecouture.com/

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Penny Cillin 2 years ago

He reminds me of Prince just a bit. Also reminiscent of a Robert Mapplethorpe type of photo. This man's stillness almost makes it feel necessary to whisper while observing.

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Amy Charles 2 years ago

Suspension.

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John Smith 2 years ago

I don't know, the kids seem like they're slacking here.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

+part of the process~~~

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Amy Charles 2 years ago

Gorgeous!

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Sofia Bellavista 2 years ago

You can take an anatomy course on this body

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Amy Charles 2 years ago

They could as easily be underwater ...

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon 2 years ago

Awesome hair!

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