Dorothee Djurinovac

Dorothee Djurinovac

Dorothee Djurinovac
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Michaela Deprince does not look like the “typical” 17 year old ballet dancer. At 5’4″, she is shorter and more muscular than most ballet dancers. She is also from Sierra Leone and all three of these are noted “problems” (with the admitted race and body type issues in ballet) for someone who just wants to dance. But that isn’t stopping her at all.

Michaela Deprince does not look like the “typical” 17 year old ballet dancer. At 5’4″, she is shorter and more muscular than most ballet dancers. She is also from Sierra Leone and all three of these are noted “problems” (with the admitted race and body type issues in ballet) for someone who just wants to dance. But that isn’t stopping her at all.

Paris-based photographer Little Shao (aka Thinh Souvannarath) unites the two in his dance-inspired photo series. His beautiful artworks depict athletic, graceful ballet dancers — many in pedestrian clothes — set in urban environments.

Paris-based photographer Little Shao (aka Thinh Souvannarath) unites the two in his dance-inspired photo series. His beautiful artworks depict athletic, graceful ballet dancers — many in pedestrian clothes — set in urban environments.