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14 of the best dance Instagram accounts to follow

Get backstage with the world’s best dancers and companies by following them on the photo sharing app.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

29 April 2016 at 11.51am | 11 Comments

Since launching six years ago, Instagram has fast become one of the most popular social networks, visited by almost 400 million monthly users.

The app was developed to give instant access to the lives of users, and offers anyone the chance to capture snapshots on their phone or mobile device and share the moment immediately.

You can now get a window into the lives of your favourite dancers, glimpse company life backstage or view a whole portfolio of the world’s best dance photographers. For fans wanting more – here’s the best dance Instagram accounts to follow, if you aren’t already:

balletzaida @balletzaida

Dancer - @rachaelmorgan.ballet Location - Seattle, Washington. #balletzaida #rachaelmorgan #ballet #dance

A photo posted by Ballet Zaida (@balletzaida) on

Professional ballet photographer, Oliver Endahl calls Ballet Zaida ‘an ongoing fine art project’ to engage audiences that haven’t yet been exposed to ballet. Endahl captures seemingly spontaneous ballet poses from urban locations like pavements and stairwells to more dramatic locations like this shot, taken in a sunlit forest.

Balletbeautiful @balletbeautiful

Every day is #Dance Day! Happy #NationalDanceDay #BalletBeautiful #BalletBeautifulStyle 💕👯

A photo posted by Mary Helen Bowers (@balletbeautiful) on

Run by professional dancer and celebrity fitness guru Mary Helen Bowers, Ballet Beautiful showcases some of Bowers’ favourite moves.

The Ballet Beautiful workout mixes athleticism with the grace of classical ballet. BB fans include Natalie Portman, who trained with Bowers for her role in Black Swan.

Thousands have since followed the workout programme at home by subscribing to Ballet Beautiful online videos. Take a look at her YouTube channel.

Olivia Grace Cowley @missoliviac

Royal Ballet dancer and resident sartorialist Olivia Cowley gives followers a glimpse of life behind the red curtain as a Soloist for the Company. Her feed also showcases looks from her fashion blog Ballet Style, influenced by the magic of her day job as a dancer.

Ponsphoto @ponsphoto 

Luis Pons Photography Ballerina @csuperfine #ballet #pointe #ballerina #lines #luisponsphotography

A photo posted by Luis Pons Photography (@ponsphoto) on

New York-based photographer Luis Pons claims photographing dancers healed him of an endless loop of anxiety and depression. In an interview with the Huffington Post he said, 'I strive to capture the beauty of dance outdoors and also say something deeply about myself'. His photos capture the dynamic between the control required by dancers to achieve each challenging poses among the moving, unpredictable setting of the world outside the studio.

New York City Ballet @nycballet

 As the official account of one of America's leading ballet companies, New York City Ballet often posts in threes to tease audiences with atmospheric slices of upcoming productions. View on the full-tile version of the app in order to appreciate the images that spill over one square. English National Ballet @englishnationalballet

Follow English National Ballet to get a glimpse at some of their latest productions. This shot captures the making of ENB's ode to the iconic English band Queen, with their take on 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Misty Copeland @mistyonpointe

@henryleutwyler A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on

Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to the rank of Principal in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history. She has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Ballerina Project @ballerinaproject_

The Ballerina Project is a collection of over 1,000 images that has taken photographer Dane Shitagi more than ten years to build. His work features dancers from the world’s biggest ballet companies and now has over 400,000 followers on Facebook.

balletrusse @balletrusse

'The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.' George Balanchine   A photo posted by Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on

 Maria Kochetkova’s account has already earned her over 100,000 followers. Currently a Principal Dancer for San Francisco Ballet, Kochetkova has danced for many of the world's top dance companies. The Ballet Bag @theballetbag

One of the best ballet webzines, bloggers Emilia and Linda started the Ballet Bag in 2009 to break down the myths of the artform, such as the idea that ballet is only for traditionalists. The duo have their fingers truly on the pulse of the dance scene and their Instagram account showcases the latest productions from companies in the UK and Europe.

#jump with @robertobolle #robertobolle

A photo posted by Andrej Uspenski🎭 (@dancersdiary) on

Since retiring from dancing in 2015, Andrej Uspenski has taken up photography full-time. His unique position allows him to capture an intimate look at day-to-day life and special moments for Company. Balletpost @balletpost  

Featuring @tippytoegirl Photo by @sfballet. A photo posted by Owner: @vrwolf16 🌸 (@balletpost) on

A curated stream of ballet photos and videos from rehearsals around the world – aspiring dancers can tag #balletpost for a chance to be featured in their feed. Cloud and Victory @cloudandvictory

Need a little pick me up on your lunch break? Dancewear brand Cloud and Victory serves up little slices of dance-related humour on their feed. Royal Opera House @royaloperahouse

24 – On Stage with The Royal Ballet In the lead-up to Christmas, each day during Advent we’ll be sharing a Nutcracker-inspired snap from behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House. Happy Christmas Eve! This special snap required our photographer to climb up the sides of the auditorium and into the fly tower. It was taken just after the Company had finished a two hour matinee performance of The Nutcracker and they’re still smiling! This rounds up our Instagram calendar this year, thanks for following along and Merry Christmas! The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker was broadcast live in cinemas on 16 Dec 2015. To find your nearest encore showing head to www.roh.org.uk/cinema #ROHadvent #royaloperahouse#royalballet #ballet #Christmas #Xmas#Advent #AdventCalendar #Nutcracker#ROHnutcracker A photo posted by Royal Opera House (@royaloperahouse) on

We couldn’t help but mention the official Instagram home of the Royal Ballet (and The Royal Opera). Expect exclusive rehearsal shots and a behind the scenes look at life at Covent Garden.

Are there any other dance-focused Instagram accounts you would recommend?

This article has 11 comments

  1. Francis Washington responded on 29 April 2016 at 1:22pm Reply

    Dance As Art! No line up of dance accounts would be complete without this one! The dancers are shot in various locations in NYC and it's just stunning! Check is out at https://www.instagram.com/dance_as_art/

  2. Yes!!! My daughter who is a talented aspiring ballerina @hailey_ballerinadreamer

  3. Sarah responded on 29 April 2016 at 2:31pm Reply

    JREIDPHOTO on Instagram for sure!! He's amazing

  4. Luis Pons responded on 29 April 2016 at 10:34pm Reply

    You have to include Karolina Kuras...
    The Queen of Ballet Photography!

    https://www.instagram.com/karolinakuras/

  5. Karen responded on 30 April 2016 at 1:06pm Reply

    I love NYC dance project. I can't believe you don't know them Check it out !
    http://instagram.com/nycdanceproject

  6. Christine Armstrong responded on 4 May 2016 at 2:29pm Reply

    Yes @clarice_lantalilly

  7. Gillian responded on 5 May 2016 at 8:26am Reply

    Yes aballeteducation. Beautiful ballet sketches and I love his Fat Panda series too. https://www.instagram.com/aballeteducation/

  8. you should check out shaun ho. one of the rare Dance photographers from Asia.

    https://www.instagram.com/oh_nuahs/

  9. Marina Pompeu responded on 25 June 2016 at 5:13pm Reply

    Roberto Bolle's Instagram is one of the best out there!

  10. Peter Vintner responded on 10 September 2016 at 11:17pm Reply

    Apart from Olivia Cowley who you mention above, and whos web site is cool, lots of the RB's own dancers have interesting and often beautiful Instagram accounts. To name a few -
    Eric Underwood
    The impressively fit and flexible Steven McRae (and his very sweet Audrey)
    Tara Bhavnani (who seems to do ballet steps and poses, and be beautiful regardless, everywhere she goes!)
    Lauren Cuthbertson (sometimes very funny)
    Paul Kay (should consider being a photographer if he ever gets bored with dancing)
    ...and many more.

  11. I can't believe that Omar z Robles hasn't been mentioned. https://www.instagram.com/omarzrobles/

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