Renowned dance photographer Steven Caras captures ballet’s most beautiful moments, on and off the stage.
A dancer’s expression in movement is a thing of beauty and raw power. Who better to capture it in images than a dancer? Steve Caras, who danced for New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine for 14 years, picked up a camera while waiting in the wings and cultivated his talent between performances.
Since he first clicked a shutter 41 years ago, Caras has amassed more than 120,000 images of dancers on stage and backstage. His archive, which includes photos of legendary dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, has become one of ballet’s most significant resources and is often used for research and education. Caras’s career was documented in an Emmy Award–winning documentary Steven Caras: See Them Dance, which aired on PBS stations in 2012 and ran for an additional three years.
A longtime West Palm Beach resident, Caras now teaches and lectures locally and nationwide and is an avid supporter of the arts. In Palm Beach County, he is involved with the Kravis Center’s educational programs, teaches at Florida Atlantic University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and supports local ballet companies Ballet Palm Beach, Boca Ballet Theatre, and The Harid Conservatory. Not least of all, he has documented the performances and training of these companies’ young dancers in a new body of work that chronicles careers in the making.