Dance Schools

After training at the Beverly School of Performing Arts for 11 years, the Central School of Ballet in London for 8 years and then on to dance professionally with Northern Ballet for 10 years, I am in a unique place where I can offer dance and ballet schools so much from a photography point of view. I’m predominantly a dance photographer in Hampshire, Surrey and London however I am frequently brought up to the Northern Ballet Academy, located in Leeds, and am more than happy to travel to your dance school if it is outside of these areas. Please read on below to see what is on offer to you.

CV and audition photographs

Whether you are applying for a vocational dance school in the UK or are requiring audition photographs for companies across the world, let me take stunning dance images that will help you stand out for the right reasons. My niche photographic area is ballet, as I was a professional ballet dancer with Northern Ballet, and so I can help and guide your classical line to achieve a better standard of photograph that is both eye-catching and classically correct. I have also studied many other dance genres such as tap, modern, jazz, contemporary and character, which enables me to photograph these to a very high standard as well.

I have taken audition photographs in many locations including Hampshire, Surrey, Guildford, Warrington, London and Italy. I have photographed dancers applying to vocational schools such as The Royal Ballet Upper School, and performing companies such as Northern Ballet and English National Ballet.

I can also offer audition photo shoots for dance schools where I incorporate a large number of students over a couple of days. If this is something that you or your school may be interested in, please contact me for more information.

Individual audition photo shoots –

  • 3 hour photo shoot
  • 5 high resolution digital image files of your choice
  • Password protected gallery to view and choose audition images

Please get in touch for prices

Cost of additional digital image files –

  • 1 high resolution digital image file – £30
  • 5 high resolution digital image files – £120
  • 10 high resolution digital image files – £225
  • All high resolution digital image files – £400

Dance school shows

I am a professional dance photographer who receives commissions from top UK companies such as Northern Ballet, English National Ballet and have been featured in publications such as Dance Europe, Dancing Times. I can offer your dance school exceptional coverage of the actual show and a dance studio photo session before or after the show takes place, whichever is easiest for your school. This will give the parents of your pupils the unique opportunity to purchase photographs of their child both on stage during a live performance, and in the studio in their beautiful costumes.

Photographing dance on stage is an art and you need to be able to anticipate what is about to happen. Being an ex-dancer I am in a perfect position as a photographer to understand that entirely.

For the studio photo session I will come into your school for either 1 or 2 days, depending on the size of your dance school. I will take beautiful dance portraits of the children in their show costumes incorporating dance poses of each child and a group photo of each show number. This will usually happen a couple of days before or after the dance school shows performances.

If you have any questions about my dance school show options, please feel free to contact me and I will more than happy to discuss the options for you.

Marketing images for dance schools

With the reportage style of my photography I can document a ballet class, or any genre of dance class, without you even knowing that I am there. After working very closely with the Northern Ballet Academy to raise the profile of their ever-growing school, I can assure you that I would be the right person to help build a strong reputation for your school too. Pictures speak a thousand words and getting the right person, with the right vision is so important. If this is something that your dance school may benefit from, please contact me for more information.

Ballet or dance school events

Whether your dance school is having a Summer school, Easter course or maybe a ballet workshop with Professional Dance Experience ltd, please get in contact and I would be happy to talk to you in more detail about what I can offer you and the costs involved.

Annual dance class photo shoots

It is priceless for parents to have beautiful photographs of their children doing what they love to do – dance. I know when I was studying my parents wished they had more opportunities to have a keepsake of my progression as a young dancer and so I offer dance schools this unique opportunity to provide this option for the parents of their dance pupils.

During the ballet or dance class photo shoot I will achieve at least 3 different dance poses, a beautiful headshot of each child and a group photo of the whole class. I can also incorporate the parents in a family shot if they wish. The photographs will be taken on a clean white backdrop and will be available to view 2-3 days after the photo shoot. I will include all of the class group photographs for the dance school to use for marketing and advertising too.

If this is something that the you think your dance school may benefit from, please contact me for more information.

Let it be your dance schools turn in the spotlight with

Martin Bell Photography