I've always enjoyed attending dance performances. Living on the Upper West Side has provided me access to Lincoln Center where the ABT regularly performs each spring and where visiting dance companies have staged historic shows at the Met Opera. Probably the best performance I ever witnessed there was given by the Paris Opera Ballet in the 1980's when Rudolf Nureyev (as Rothbart) and Sylvie Guillem (as Odette/Odile), then a young étoile with the company, joined together in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
But it isn't my love for classical dance that gives me so much satisfaction in photographing female dancers. These women rehearse several hours a day until their feet sometimes bleed. As a result, when posing nude, they display an almost perfect musculature. It's difficult not to admire their perfection of movement.