Concept Photography of Dancers: Meet The Bird

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I love dance photography.  I have been a dancer, a teacher, and then a dance photographer for most of my life.  I grew up watching for the next cover of Dance Magazine.  I stared at the pictures in the programs of the companies I longed to dance for.  The shapes and emotions always connected my soul … Read more

Favorite Performances of 2012

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Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and it got me thinking about how much I love photographing amazing dance performances.  This week and next, I am sharing some of my favorite shots from performances last year.  Consider it my Valentine to you- and to all of the dancers and companies I have the pleasure of meeting and shooting.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Rachel Neville Photography in Vogue and Dance Informa!

Rachel Neville for Dance Theatre of Harlem featured Vogue

It’s always so much fun to see your pictures in the news and being used around.  This month I got to see my work in well loved magazines twice: once in Vogue and once in Dance Informa.

Rachel Neville for Dance Theatre of Harlem featured Vogue

Vogue named Dance Theatre of Harlem one of “ten performers on the rise.”  The magazine used a shot from my recent shoot with Dance Theatre of Harlem to accompany the feature.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem II Takes The Joyce

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville
Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville
Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

I’ve had the honor to shoot DTH II a few times over the last 2 years, in addition to a couple of the dancers individually.  And so it gave me such pleasure to have been at The Joyce Theatre yesterday to shoot the newest addition to the rep: Donald Byrd’s Contested Space in preparation for the opening night of their New York run.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

The company is full of such hard working staff, dancers and volunteers, they are wonderful to shoot, and just as lovely to get to know personally.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Photo by Rachel Neville

I had such fun sinking my teeth into Mr. Byrd’s newest piece: so many great moments to capture, great lines, movements, and patterning that lead to some fun shots.  Of course, as I say time and again (or think, if I don’t say it out loud), dance photographers are only as good as the dancers they shoot.  And here, I like to think DTH made me look good.

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The Next Dimension: Shooting 3D Dance Photography

Jennifer Jones

I’ve been working on an exciting project lately; shooting dancers with a 3D stills camera!  Just the phrase alone – 3D – is almost common now; with so many movies being produced with that effect these days, new gadgets on the rise etc etc…  But it never fails; we show an individual one of our 3D shots through the viewer and the reaction is always the same: ‘WOW!!’ or a variation of that ‘OH WOW!!’ and repeat repeat repeat.  How does this work??

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Personal Marketing for Dancers: How to Eat on Hiatus

I was having a great chat a few days ago with Da’Von Doane, (dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem) on Facebook.  We were talking about, well, of course our selves, but touching on the broader context of dancers and artists having trouble marketing themselves.


With so many dancers in this country put on hiatis and potentially unemployment over the summer months, pick-up jobs are an important way to keep going.  But of course to get those jobs you have to let directors, choreographers, etc. know that you are available and, well, available!

Marketing is key to anyone working in the business and commercial world, so much so that companies have whole departments devoted to it.  So why do we as artists let that fall so low on our priority lists?  I know that I’m just as guilty: I forget about marketing until I find myself in a slow spell.

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