World of Dances #11

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.


SLK dancer Brittany Cavaco. With thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their permission. Photo © KIKE CALVO

Dancer: Brittany Cavaco.
Ballet: SLK Ballet.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their permission.



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Selected Reading for Children:

Marie, Dancing

Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children)

Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas’ “The Little Dancer” (Picture Books)

What Makes A Degas A Degas?

DK Eyewitness Books: Dance

Ballet Training for Girls

Buy a Ballet or Dance print from Kike:
World of Dances Collection
National Geographic Online Store

Books on Dance and Ballet:
Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet

Darcey Bussell

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday

Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina

(Anna) Pavlova: Portrait of a Dancer

Dance of the Swan: A Story about Anna Pavlova (Creative Minds Biography)

The Dancer’s Way: The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition

Dance Anatomy (Sports Anatomy)

The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers

American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History

Dance (Dk)

The Ballet Book

Human Journey

Meet the Author
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: