Outdoor Dance Portrait of Blaine Richardson

Outdoor Dance Portrait of Blaine Richardson

I have always wanted to photograph more male dancers, so the opportunity to shoot with Blaine was very welcome.

After discussing the shoot for a few minutes, I knew immediately that Blaine and I were on precisely the same wavelength. From considering specific locations to wardrobe, we did not leave any stone unturned.

Blaine was a pleasure to work with and up for anything. As well as beautiful poses, he was in complete control of his facial expressions which only served to elevate the shots.

 

Blaine Bio:

What Age Did You Start Dancing?

I started dancing around age three at my parent’s dance school.

Where Did You Begin Dancing?

At Richardson’s Dance Studio.

Where Did You Study Dance?

After studying dance at Richardson’s Dance Studio, I then attended Gateshead College/ Dance City from 2013-2015; finishing my ‘formal’ dance education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance 2015-2018. 

Who Have You Danced for Since Becoming a Professional Dancer?

During my third year at Laban, I joined the contemporary dance company BalletBoyz as an apprentice dancer performing works by Craig Revel Horwood, Javier De Frutos and Russell Maliphant. I later joined as full company dancer performing in pieces by Pontus Lindberg and Javier De Frutos. 

I then joined Celebrity Cruise Entertainment as a production dancer onboard Celebrity Edge. 

Who Do You Dance for Now? 

I currently am a freelance artist. I had some exciting opportunities lined up; however, those plans are now on hold due to COVID-19. More info coming in the next few months though.

What Is the Best Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?

Being able to do what you love for a living, which is a huge cliché, but it’s true. Also, I love being able to meet and dance alongside some incredibly talented people while travelling the world. 

What Is the Worst Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?

The worst thing about being a dancer is how uncertain the industry can be. 

What Is Your Best Experience as a Professional Dancer?

My best experience as a professional dancer to date would be my professional debut. It holds a special place in my heart not only because it was the first time I had achieved that level, but because of the people that surrounded me. 

What Advice Would You Give to a Young Dancer Who Has Hopes Of Becoming a Professional?

It’s going to be tough; no one ever said it would be easy. You will have many times where you want to give up, but remember if you love it, it’s worth the sacrifice. Be versatile. Be different. Don’t try and fit the mould if it’s not for you. Try and take classes from different teachers as often as possible, especially when you start taking things more seriously. Figure out what works for you and what you like doing and take ownership of it. Also, put yourself outside of your comfort zone; no one ever improved by being stuck in the same place 24/7. Don’t forget you have a life outside of dance too. It’s essential to have other hobbies and interests. It allows you to bring fresh ideas with you when approaching dance. Be kind, be humble but most importantly know your worth and have fun!

What Styles of Dance Do You Enjoy the Most?

Contemporary and Commercial.

Who Is Your Favourite Current Dancer/Performer?

I don’t have a favourite current dancer/ performer. I did more so when I was growing up. I idolised several different professional dancers. I will say that my friends/colleagues are a huge inspiration, so in essence, I guess you could say they are my favourite dancers.

What Professional Aspirations Do You Have as a Dancer?

Well, I have already achieved one of my main professional aspirations. I have more I would like to meet, but they are always ever-changing. 

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? If So, What Did You Enjoy The Most?

Yes, his vision is entirely different from any of the photographers I have worked with, which was fun. Also, he is a great guy and made me feel confident and comfortable from the start until the end of the shoot. 

 

Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach
Male ballet dancer at beach

Outdoor Dance Portrait of Blaine Richardson

I have always wanted to photograph more male dancers, so the opportunity to shoot with Blaine was very welcome.

After discussing the shoot for a few minutes, I knew immediately that Blaine and I were on precisely the same wavelength. From considering specific locations to wardrobe, we did not leave any stone unturned.

Blaine was a pleasure to work with and up for anything. As well as beautiful poses, he was in complete control of his facial expressions which only served to elevate the shots.

 

Blaine Bio:

What Age Did You Start Dancing?

I started dancing around age three at my parent’s dance school.

Where Did You Begin Dancing?

At Richardson’s Dance Studio.

Where Did You Study Dance?

After studying dance at Richardson’s Dance Studio, I then attended Gateshead College/ Dance City from 2013-2015; finishing my ‘formal’ dance education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance 2015-2018. 

Who Have You Danced for Since Becoming a Professional Dancer?

During my third year at Laban, I joined the contemporary dance company BalletBoyz as an apprentice dancer performing works by Craig Revel Horwood, Javier De Frutos and Russell Maliphant. I later joined as full company dancer performing in pieces by Pontus Lindberg and Javier De Frutos. 

I then joined Celebrity Cruise Entertainment as a production dancer onboard Celebrity Edge. 

Who Do You Dance for Now? 

I currently am a freelance artist. I had some exciting opportunities lined up; however, those plans are now on hold due to COVID-19. More info coming in the next few months though.

What Is the Best Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?

Being able to do what you love for a living, which is a huge cliché, but it’s true. Also, I love being able to meet and dance alongside some incredibly talented people while travelling the world. 

What Is the Worst Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?

The worst thing about being a dancer is how uncertain the industry can be. 

What Is Your Best Experience as a Professional Dancer?

My best experience as a professional dancer to date would be my professional debut. It holds a special place in my heart not only because it was the first time I had achieved that level, but because of the people that surrounded me. 

What Advice Would You Give to a Young Dancer Who Has Hopes Of Becoming a Professional?

It’s going to be tough; no one ever said it would be easy. You will have many times where you want to give up, but remember if you love it, it’s worth the sacrifice. Be versatile. Be different. Don’t try and fit the mould if it’s not for you. Try and take classes from different teachers as often as possible, especially when you start taking things more seriously. Figure out what works for you and what you like doing and take ownership of it. Also, put yourself outside of your comfort zone; no one ever improved by being stuck in the same place 24/7. Don’t forget you have a life outside of dance too. It’s essential to have other hobbies and interests. It allows you to bring fresh ideas with you when approaching dance. Be kind, be humble but most importantly know your worth and have fun!

What Styles of Dance Do You Enjoy the Most?

Contemporary and Commercial.

Who Is Your Favourite Current Dancer/Performer?

I don’t have a favourite current dancer/ performer. I did more so when I was growing up. I idolised several different professional dancers. I will say that my friends/colleagues are a huge inspiration, so in essence, I guess you could say they are my favourite dancers.

What Professional Aspirations Do You Have as a Dancer?

Well, I have already achieved one of my main professional aspirations. I have more I would like to meet, but they are always ever-changing. 

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? If So, What Did You Enjoy The Most?

Yes, his vision is entirely different from any of the photographers I have worked with, which was fun. Also, he is a great guy and made me feel confident and comfortable from the start until the end of the shoot. 

 

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