At a young age, Dottie studied
ballet with Nina Stragonova and Lisa Kay
at the Ballet Arts Studio in Carnegie Hall.
She later was awarded a full scholarship
with American Ballet Theatre where she studied
with Dimitri Romanoff, Alexandra Danilova
and other noted instructors. From ages 15
to 17, while continuing her classes at ABT,
she was a member of the Ballet Company of
Radio City Music Hall. She also was a principal
dancer with the Denver Company of Ballet
Graduating “Who’s Who in American
Colleges and Universities” with degrees
in English, French and Education, she was
hired by the Department of Defense as a
teacher in the school system for dependent
military children in Germany. There she
met her husband, Toney. With a love for
travel, she has lived in 2 foreign countries
and traveled in over 40 others.
Dottie is a self-taught photographer –
originally with an emphasis on nature photography.
She photographed her first ballet performance
in 1997 and subsequently embraced dance
photography with a passion that reflects
her knowledge and love of that art form.
Specializing in performance photography,
she has photographed some of the greatest
dancers in the world including several gold
medal winners. One of these dancers, Lucia
Lacarra, was presented the prestigious Nijinsky
Award in 2002 for the best female dancer
in the world at the Monaco Dance Forum.
Dottie has been a company photographer with
Ballet Internationale which was under the
artistic direction of Eldar Aliev who was
principal dancer for thirteen years with
the world renowned Kirov Ballet. The assistant
artistic director of Ballet Internationale
was Irina Kolpakova – former Prima
Ballerina Assoluta of the Kirov Ballet and
partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf
Nureyev. Prior to joining Ballet Internationale,
Ms. Kolpakova served as ballet mistress
at American Ballet Theatre.
Other ballet companies that Dottie has photographed
include San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet,
Metropolitan Classical Ballet, and Washington
Ballet. Her images have appeared in Pointe
Magazine and she is a member of ASMP. She
has won numerous awards in photography competitions
– including several 1st place awards.
She was recently one of 157 winners out
of over 50,000 international entries in
the American Photo Magazine contest 2004.
One of her works was chosen for the 2004
Spoleto Festival Art Exhibition in Charleston,
S.C. Her photographs are available in galleries
and 13 of her images are available as poster
Photography 1902 Shadowood Ct., Spartanburg,
tel:864-576-1703 fax:864-576-7073 email:Danceshots@aol.com