The Dancers & Dogs project started suddenly when the photographer pair Kelly Pratt and Ian Kreidich had to photograph dancers and dogs. The couple works for the ballet company Saint Louis Ballet and travels the United States photographing dancers in rehearsals for performances. Launched in 2017, they would never have imagined that the project would become the success it is today, with more than 110 thousand followers on Instagram and a book launched.

They have recently launched a project called Muttcracker, where St. Louis Ballet dancers are photographed with shelter dogs (and cats) that are up for adoption! This is a popular project that was carried out in the last 3 years.

And here's what the authors told Bored Panda: "Muttcracker is our fun take on the holiday favorite, The NutcrackerMuttcracker started in 2018 as a side project to our popular Dancers & Dogs photo project, which was published here as well. This is the third year in a row that we have partnered with St. Louis Ballet and Stray Rescue of St. Louis. "

More info: Instagram | dancersanddogs.com

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BoredPanda is awesome
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It's magic. The way he is sitting is funny.

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"The dancers from St. Louis Ballet dress in costumes from their production The Nutcracker and pose with animals (dogs and cats) up for adoption from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Images and videos will be released daily on our social media today (Nov. 18th) through Christmas. We felt that we just had to continue Muttcracker in 2020 since so many people have had a hard time this year and need to experience a little joy. This project has been trendy and has been featured in People Magazine, Fox news affiliates, The Hallmark Channel, Dance Magazine, and all other Dance Media outlets. And the best news is that we have been 100% successful in helping the animals find homes! Stray Rescue of St. Louis is dedicated to saving all animals, no matter their condition or background. Some of these cats and dogs come from very desperate situations, including being abused, malnourished, and even shot."

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Just another day, taking out my dog for a walk

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ArhomR
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Love that the doggo is in step.

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"This year they have taken in more animals than ever, not only from the St. Louis area but also from surrounding states and even some Caribbean islands. We love showing these animals, that were once on the streets and un-cared for, in such a sweet, loving, and whimsical light. The dancers from St. Louis Ballet have been so amazing to volunteer their time to help these animals find loving homes. Susan Erhart, the Wardrobe Master from St. Louis Ballet, also takes time out of her schedule to do early costume fittings with the dancers and uses her beautiful costumes for this project."

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

THE CAT IS SOOOOO CUTE!!!!

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Red
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2 months ago

KITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTY

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2 months ago

They look so happy

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Sarah
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IT'S SO TINY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

he's always happy to dress up and be photographed

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

CUTE DOGGY

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Aw, the pup looks so sad...

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Puppy love!

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manon M
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2 months ago

want this 2 goof doggys 😍

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Love this. I like how he is dressed and the dog is so cute and looks so nice

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

SOOOO TINYYYY

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Doggo is done marching for the day!

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Good dog!

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Pink
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2 months ago

Dogs are like "I'm so done with this."

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LéBeardedFerretKeet
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2 months ago

They look so terrified! Just like, please don't drop me! But uber cutee.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

The kitty is so cute!

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Dog's so CUTE!!!

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Thats one way to give a treat.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Lovely picture. Just saying, that must be a awkward pose

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2 months ago

IS THAT A TREAT!!! I SEE IT!!! I WANT IT!!!

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AllyBug
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2 months ago

So noble!

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2 months ago

Hello dog

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

There's the best pic of them. Pup is leaning against her; that means he's happy and comfortable.

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Treat? Treat for me? Treat?

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

THE DOG IS UNBEARABLY CUTE!!!

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

What a nice dog. I love what she is wearing too

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2 months ago

Love these cute and heart-warming kitties!!!

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AllyBug
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2 months ago

Cat in the Hat!

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

I love her dress!

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Yay, another dog

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Happy puppy sitting weirdly comfortable...

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2 months ago

CUUTTEEE KITTYYYYYYYY

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KT Pinto
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2 months ago

I love these resting pictures.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Dogs are so awesome and cute

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Nice dog. Btw, that must be an awkward pose

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Awwwww, so cute!!!!

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AllyBug
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2 months ago

Love the coloring on that little bean!

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Adorable

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Nice kitty. I just want to adopt it

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BoredPanda is awesome
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2 months ago

Love the outfit and cat!

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avery31415
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2 months ago

Poor dog. Its tail is down. She's probably scared.

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Not looking any too happy.

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Rainbow puppy
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1 month ago

So cute!!

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manon M
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2 months ago

I hope this puppy has found the life and the confidence it deserves ♥️

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Still not sure