As with most things in life, the concept started as a random, crazy idea back in 2017. The thought of taking pictures of ballerinas with dogs suddenly crossed the minds of Ian Kreidich and Kelly Pratt, two photographers from St. Louis. The husband-and-wife team was working with the Saint Louis Ballet and other dancers all over the country when they had that vision.
Making sense out of a strange concept
They tried to write a concept paper, but it did not make sense. They wanted the idea to manifest, but they didn’t know how to. People see ballet as an unapproachable, moody, serious, and stuffy discipline, while dogs are known for being goofy, energetic, and playful. The photographers could not seem to find a way to marry the two.
Ian and Kelly eventually decided to go on with the shoot and worry about other stuff later. They spent almost a day’s worth of taking pictures of Baxter, an English Bulldog, and Ericka. Ian and Kelly fell in love with the pictures of their first duo that they decided to launch a project called “Dancers and Dogs.”
Teaching dogs how to dance
Ian and Kelly’s goal for their project was to take pictures of 100 dogs and 100 dancers from 10 cities all over the country in less than three years. It seemed like a long shot then, but the couple managed to pull through! They also figured out a way to bring out the goofy side of ballerinas while teaching their partner dogs how to pose gracefully.
Unlike what most people think about when they heard the word “ballet,” Dancers & Dogs is not about perfection. Instead, it aims to show everyone that dancers have a human side as well. They can be funny, goofy, and carefree, just like their partner dogs are. It’s about knowing how to enjoy the moment and give joy to people who are watching.
Credits to Dancers & Dogs