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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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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