Last year we shared the story of The Ballerina Project, photographer Dane Shitagi‘s inspired idea to shoot working dancers outdoors, framed by iconic landmarks and busy street life. It’s gone on to become the most popular ballet-themed website in the world, with nearly 1 million followers.
The Ballerina Project has also turned into an effective marketing platform for those brands — like VPL and Norma Kamali last year — whose garments can take the workout that Shitagi’s models put them through.
Now, in part to mark the opening of its 25 shop in France, the Austrian tights and bodywear label Wolford has teamed up with The Ballerina Project for a spirited chassé through Paris that showcases its performance outfits as well as some incomparable Parisian landmarks.
Shitagi worked with dancers Katie Boren (above) of the American Ballet Theater and Sae Eun Park of the Paris Opera Ballet to capture these instant-classic moments for Wolford fans and balletomanes alike.
And how, you ask, did Shitagi and crew avoid the crowds? They shot at dawn.
Here’s a handful of our favorite images from this collaboration. You can find hundreds of other compelling images from Shitagi’s globe-trotting project on the Ballerina Project website, and all are for sale.