Ballerinas take over the Big Apple by Dane Shitagi

Dane Shitagi is a  NYC based photographer. Originally from Honolulu, he followed his instincts to live the photographic life. Taking inspiration from the sights and sounds of “the city” as well as the energy and diverse arts, Dane has formed a unique and heartfelt body of work that is sooo beautiful and personal. Rather than molding his ideas to the studio set, he has taken his creativity and inspiration from the world outside – preferring the rawness and atmosphere that only a living city like the Big Apple can bring. We loved this project of shooting ballerinas from the New York City Ballet all over the city with a delicate and soft vibe combined to the streets, traffic, landscapes, city sights of NYC as a background! Sweet!

Where is the Black Swan? Odile, are you hanging out at the Meatpacking?


  1. … by the way, this is my rate: (1st) 8 when i see it, I think more in a feeling than in a person, a bit strange, but really beautiful; (2nd) 10 man, in this one she’s like a leaf or a feather, an ideal, the kind of Baudelaire’s subject. Others: (3rd) 4 poetic waste basket, (4th) 6 It’s like the romantic spirit of “The wait” in fact, a possible manner to see the city, if you’re a lonely traveler.

    Congratulations for the photographer, its images made me dream elegantly between beautiful visions.

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  5. Ilana

    Many of these are from the Ballerina Project. I think you should credit them and not claim their work for yourself.

    • Hello Ilana, how are you?
      We’ve been told that these pictures were taken by Dane Shitagi, we are not claiming anything for ourselves.
      Please, send us the link from the “Ballerina Project” and we’ll be more than happy to mention their fantastic artwork.
      Best regards

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  7. dancingfool04

    wow this is truely amazing i would love to be in the nycb. i love the photos they r breathtaking

  8. Becky H

    What a beautiful and ethereal way to display ballerinas. My favorite is the ballerina in the window. Breathtaking.

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  10. Lily

    A lot of these were actually not taken in New York, but Boston! The fifth and seventh pictures are of Kelsey Hellebuyck, who used to dance at Boston Ballet. Also they are part of the Ballerina Project.

  11. Stephanie

    Most beautiful thing I have seen in a very long time. I am a photography student and this is what I strive for. This photographer is extremely talented. Thank you for these photographs. Things like this put my heart to peace, if only for a little while.

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