The sublime art of ballet is about movement; and yet, few videos seem to do the ballet dancer justice like the perfectly captured still image.
Maybe it's because each split second of a ballet dancer's movements must be perfect to create a beautiful final product, and the camera allows us to see that frame-by-frame perfection. Maybe it's because the still holds within it multitudes that video somehow loses. Whatever the reason, ballet photography never fails to mesmerize me.
I'm hoping this collection of 30 incredible ballet photos--some of the absolute best on 500px--will do the same for you. Scroll down and enjoy.
If you'd like to see more stunning dance photography, be sure to visit our viral spotlight on the talented Alexander Yakovlev or click here to see all the ballet photos that just wouldn't fit in this collection.
This post originally appeared on the 500px ISO blog.