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:
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.
Run by professional dancer and celebrity fitness guru Mary Helen Bowers, Ballet Beautiful showcases some of Bowers’ favourite moves.
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.
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
FROM THE ARCHIVE & ON STAGE TONIGHT // The original cast of N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: U.S.A. performing the ballet at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, June 1958. Still as fresh and young today as it was nearly 60 years ago. #jeromerobbins #nycballet #nycb #newyorkcity #spring16 #marthaswope
A photo posted by New York City Ballet (@nycballet) on
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
We were invited to mark the 40th anniversary of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - head to our Facebook page or youtube.com/queenofficial to watch the stunning piece choreographed by James Streeter and performed by Erina Takahashi and James Forbat. #BoRhap40 Ballet rocks! A photo posted by English National Ballet (@englishnationalballet) on
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_
Ballerina Project in Paris: #Ballerina - @katieboren1 at #PalaisGarnier #Paris #Bodysuit by @wolfordfashion #Wolford #WolfordBodywear #ballerinaproject_ #ballerinaproject #ballet #dance #EiffelTower A photo posted by ballerina project (@ballerinaproject_) on
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.
'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
For #TutuTuesday, the @soloists_principals_rdballet in Balanchine's T&V. ©️Costin Radu #ballet #royaldanishballet #Balanchine A photo posted by The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag) on
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.
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
REACHING FOR PIZZA: The upside to your partner poisoning himself to death is never having to share your pizza. #everycloudhasasilverlining Pic: Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish, Romeo & Juliet, by Natasha Razina. Congrats also to @_xander on his promotion! #ballet #dance #romeoandjuliet #mariinsky #viktoriatereshkina #xanderparish #reachingforpizza
A photo posted by cloudandvictory (@cloudandvictory) on
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.