Like a dream becoming reality the Ballerina Project is an ongoing series of photographs created by photographer: Dane Shitagi. Constructed over the span of 17 years the Ballerina Project is not your typical “dance photography” but an etching of a ballerinas heart and emotions.
Every aspect of the Ballerina Project is carefully crafted and cultivated. The majority of ballerinas who have posed for the project are currently or have danced for companies such as American Ballet Theater, Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dresden Semperopera Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet West, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Paris Opera Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Other ballerinas are in schools such as School of American Ballet and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. The crafts of dance and photography are truly upheld on both ends of the creation of the Ballerina Project.
The earlier years of the project was photographed on traditional film and cameras. Only as of the late Spring 2012 the project has begun to incorporate digital photography.
Currently the Ballerina Project has one of the largest networks of followers in the world for ballet related pages on Instagram and Facebook. In the press the project has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, NBC Today Show, Esquire and countless blogs. The project has been featured in advertisements for both Fujifilm and Sony Erricson. The project has also created social media campaigns for AG Jeans, Palladium Boots, Wolford, Enel, Diesel and the Starz Network.