Little Dancers at Class (Black and White Photo)

© Letizia Morley 2012

A look inside a beginners’ ballet and tap class, before the lesson begins. The teacher is off in the corner starting up the music while the girls idle away the last few minutes before the warmups. I think the expressions and postures of each girl are so interesting. The one on the far right might have woken from a nap recently and may have been dragged here against her wishes, the girl to her left seems to be jumping up and down, perhaps in anticipation. The girl in the middle is getting out her wiggles, and the two girls on the left seem to be enjoying their conversation. The composition reminds me a bit of a Degas painting.

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