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.

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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8 months ago

Dog: "Lemme try!"

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

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

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

Just love that dog!

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

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

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Shannon Matthews
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8 months ago

Love both of their expressions!

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

The dog is killing it!

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Dilly Millandry
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8 months ago

Stunning dog.

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Lyop
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8 months ago

Doggo kisses. One of the best!!

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

This is beyond cute!

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

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

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Lilli Stanard
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8 months ago

the dog's face

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Laura Maeflower
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8 months ago

How is she doing that with her toes! Wow

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Gregg V
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8 months ago

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

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CookieNeerrrrd
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8 months ago

lol too flexible :0

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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8 months ago

That doggo!

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Shannon Matthews
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8 months ago

Love all the coordination on this one!

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BG Rey
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8 months ago

Will you accept this rose?

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R L
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8 months ago

Wow

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Beth Schmidt
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8 months ago

The NEWFIE!!!

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Zelda
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8 months 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
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8 months ago

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

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BG Rey
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8 months ago

What do you mean you’re not tired yet?

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Cindy Collins
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8 months ago

The puppies are smiling too!

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Monty Is Fiennes
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8 months ago

Smoochies....

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Lauren Michlin
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8 months ago

aaaawwww!

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Mairlady
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8 months ago

Super cute!

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Sheanna Caban
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8 months ago

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

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Dilly Millandry
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8 months ago

Such good puppers!

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Beth Schmidt
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8 months ago

Wow

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Bridget Webb
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8 months ago

Snow queen and friend .

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Gregg V
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8 months ago

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

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Gregg V
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8 months ago

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

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Rose Brien Harrington
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8 months ago

How is she able to DO this?

Dana Hill
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8 months ago

"It's simple really. I just balance my weight evenly across all four feet and looks straight at my trainer off camera. The woman below me is strange though. Can I have that treat now? I'm a good girl!!"

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Roos Dillema
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8 months ago

Love this one!

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Debi Richan
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8 months ago

I got your back!

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Monty Is Fiennes
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8 months ago

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

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Kathy Baylis
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8 months ago

If you look at the dog’s paws, they’re kind of like a doggie version of the dancer’s hands and feet (maybe not as limber, but still...).

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Bettina Jansen
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8 months ago

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

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Matt Kennedy
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8 months ago

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

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Gregg V
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8 months ago

New Yoga Pose - Rising Dog Sun.

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Gregg V
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8 months ago

Dog: "Why am I here?"

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