Grace in motion

"Any dancer who lives in the area has the opportunity to see amazing dance through the programs at the museum, at SPAC and at The Egg in Albany," Sadan said.

Sadan thinks that ballet especially could be very exclusionary. If a dancer doesn't have the right body type, he or she doesn't fit in. He said in Saratoga, studios don't discriminate against dancers who don't have the ideal body type.

"There is a real opportunity for diversity," he said.

Many of Sadan's photographs of Laura are taken right at the museum, with Laura posed next to the big white pillars outside. Sadan said he has always loved the architecture of the museum.

Sadan said he loves to photograph dancers "because of the transcendent beauty of it and the excitement and magic." He said dancers work really hard and that is important in a culture where kids are sort of lazy.

"I love dance because it is the poetic expression of the human form," Sadan said.

Sadan likes to watch children dance especially. He said he loves when the children dance in "The Nutcracker" because there is so much excitement on their faces. Sadan's favorite part of Laura to photograph was her smile.

"I love it when she is enjoying dancing," he said.

Sadan said Laura and her brother James, who is also a talented ballet dancer, were often silly with each other always trying to mimic moves they had seen in videos. He said these were some of his favorite times to photograph.

Sadan said photographing Laura from when she 11 to 13 was very special because at that age she was not a kid, but not yet a teenager. Sadan said Laura was growing and everything was changing. She was dealing with her growing pains while dancing.

"You are working with the mirror and training the body to respond to your mental thoughts and imagination," Sadan said.

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