I been privileged to photograph some dancers that are serious about their art form. And some have become very good friends. They are different from the rest of us. They are passionate about their dance. They are patient, tenacious, incredibly self-disciplined, focused, and physically work like olympic athletes. It seems they get little validation from others, but continue on like professionals (even when they are amateurs). They often seem to be injured, but continue on. They go on stage while in pain, but have to do it with a smile that is true to the art form. The industry joke is that if ballet were any easier, they would call it football. I have no idea if that is true or not, but I get the point.
by Ron Brewer Images