DANCERS & DOGS started out as a wildly random idea one day in early 2017. St. Louis based professional photographers Kelly Pratt & Ian Kreidich, a husband-and-wife team who work with the Saint Louis Ballet along with dancers around the country, had a vision: "What if we took pictures of ballet dancers, with dogs?"

On paper, it was a strange concept and didn't make sense. Ballet is often seen as stuffy, moody, or unapproachable and dogs are known to be inherently playful, happy and goofy. However, after photographing their first duo Ericka and Baxter, an English Bulldog, Kelly & Ian fell in love with the concept and launched DANCERS & DOGS, a project which would ultimately photograph 100 dancers & 100 dogs in over 10 cities across the country in the span of two and a half years. The result demonstrates that you can both bring out the lighter side of dancers while teaching old dogs new tricks.

“DANCERS & DOGS shows the more light-hearted, human side of dancers. The soul of this book is not about perfection (an idea which can be very hard for ballet dancers!). It’s about being in the moment and experiencing joy. Because dogs don’t care if you have the highest arabesque or can do 32 perfect fouettes. They just love you as you are.” – Kelly Pratt & Ian Kreidich.

Releasing just before Thanksgiving, the final DANCERS & DOGS hardcover book contains over 200 pages of photographs and their favorite behind-the-scenes stories about the project and some of the featured dancers and dogs. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to Stray Rescue, a St. Louis based non-profit that is currently at capacity and is eager to find homes for loving pets ahead of the holiday season.

More info: dancersanddogs.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Elizabeth Schuyler 1 month ago

Dog: "Lemme try!"

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

Love the paw on the shoulder......Like I am right there with ya girl....

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

Just love that dog!

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

love this little floofer...... the tongue hanging out is beyond cute!

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Shannon Matthews 1 month ago

Love both of their expressions!

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

The dog is killing it!

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Dilly Millandry 1 month ago

Stunning dog.

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Lyop 1 month ago

Doggo kisses. One of the best!!

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

This is beyond cute!

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

I am dying for this Shepherd ..just so beautiful!

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Lilli Stanard 1 month ago

the dog's face

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Laura Maeflower 1 month ago

How is she doing that with her toes! Wow

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Gregg V 1 month ago

The dog got stuck and had to released with the jaws of love. ;-)

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CookieNeerrrrd 1 month ago

lol too flexible :0

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Shannon Matthews 1 month ago

Love all the coordination on this one!

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BG Rey 1 month ago

Will you accept this rose?

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R L 1 month ago

Wow

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Beth Schmidt 1 month ago

The NEWFIE!!!

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Zelda 1 month ago

Ballerinas are fucking strong. I practice martial arts, and one of my friends (a ballerina) agreed to spar with me She beat me. She knows no martial arts and she beat me. GUYS.

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Gregg V 1 month ago

Beauty and the Mutt? I can't wait for the spaghetti scene!

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BG Rey 1 month ago

What do you mean you’re not tired yet?

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Cindy Collins 1 month ago

The puppies are smiling too!

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Monty Is Fiennes 1 month ago

Smoochies....

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Lauren Michlin 1 month ago

aaaawwww!

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Mairlady 4 weeks ago

Super cute!

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Sheanna Caban 1 month ago

Dog: "She took my ball...."

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Dilly Millandry 1 month ago

Such good puppers!

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Beth Schmidt 1 month ago

Wow

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Bridget Webb 1 month ago

Snow queen and friend .

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Gregg V 1 month ago

Dog " Flowers, I hate flowers, I want a bone."

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Gregg V 1 month ago

"Oh Romeo.... if only you were a prince and not my dog!"

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Rose Brien Harrington 1 month ago

How is she able to DO this?

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Debi Richan 1 month ago

I got your back!

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Monty Is Fiennes 1 month ago

No matter what breed they are, no dog should be physically altered for asthetics.....Give dogs their ears.....

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chillchillpill 1 month ago

Serious question for Ballet aficionados: is there a name for that jump and pose?

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Bettina Jansen 1 month ago

Dog is saying "You're not expecting me to do that too, are you ?"

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Matt Kennedy 1 month ago

Not an outtake. Her name is Shelby Williams, aka Biscuit Ballerina. Satire in dance form.

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Gregg V 1 month ago

New Yoga Pose - Rising Dog Sun.

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Gregg V 1 month ago

Dog: "Why am I here?"

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