August 14, 2010


Tarzan Dan. I’m sure his name is no accident – it takes a certain amount of daring and dexterity to capture images of dancers in the studio, but to photograph them in inhospitable places, out of context and definately out of everyone’s comfort zone, with the weather against you ?  Well, that takes an intrepid explorer with charm to spare.

Photographer Tarzan Dan is mainly known for his successful Canadian Radio and National television career, growing his passion for ballet photography over the last five years.  He has fused the needs of dancers wanting photographs with his own ideas, resulting in images that highlight the juxtaposition of the dancer out of her element.

Or is she ?  Take a look at Principal dancer Bridgett Zehr, from the National Ballet of Canada, here in her swan costume, in an arguably life-like setting.

And then you move to the opposite extreme – here Angel Jutzi is miles out of her natural element and I’m sure you’ll agree that the resulting image is equally arresting.

The dancers featured here are :

Bridgett Zehr , Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada
Angel Jutzi, MOVE: The Company, Vancouver
Caitlin Lockwood, Independent Artist

Bridgett Zehr
Bridgett Zehr
Bridgett Zehr
Angel Jutzi
Bridgett Zehr
Caitlin Lockwood
Bridgett Zehr
Angel Jutzi
Bridgett Zehr
Angel Jutzi
Angel Jutzi
Caitlin Lockwood
Bridgett Zehr
Angel Jutzi

All of Dan’s image are for sale.

You can contact Dan through his website & through his facebook group @

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  1. Anya Says:

    sounds exciting and the pics are amazing♥

  2. Couture Carrie Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pics!I think this is my favorite post of yours yet!xoxox,CC

  3. Bippidee Says:

    Wow, those pictures are incredible. So beautiful. I love that first one of Bridgett Zehr in the doorway, but they are all stunning.

  4. Anne Says:

    Fantastic pictures. So good to be taken outside the normal sphere of reference into a fantasy world.

  5. DaveM Says:

    wow – fantastic shots!

  6. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou Says:

    oh what a beautiful blog! i just love ballet photographs…there is no prettier dance to look at. the costumes, the graceful moves…xoxo alison

  7. Henrik Says:

    Gorgeous pictures! And really "in the time" – Dan just hit straight on here! Congrats to him!Henrik from

  8. Tarzan Dan Says:

    I would just like to extend a HUGE HUMUNGOUS THANK YOU to BALLET NEWS for the exposure and wonderful article… wow… I really appreciate it… the traffic to the website to see other images has increased like crazy as of today!!Cheers DanPs to all who commented thank you for the kind words :)

  9. Regan Says:

    These photos. Are. AMAZING.

  10. Dawn Says:

    These are so beautiful and striking. Thanks for sharing them!

  11. Mark Says:

    Great compositions!

  12. Maurice Causey Says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Tarzan Dan back in Portland a year ago. His devotion to his developing craft and keen eye speaks volumes in these photographs!!! Here’s to ya Dan!! Keep it up!! Stunning work…………..

    Bridgett Zehr AND Tarzan Dan are definitely on the rise!!!


  13. Ballet News Admin Says:

    Anya – thanks

    Couture Carrie – thank you – high praise indeed !!!

    Bippidee – it’s certainly hard to choose a favourite & we are not done here yet

    Anne – or not so fantasy – after all these are perhaps more normal conditions than on stage…

    DaveM – thanks

    Mademoiselle Frou-Frou – thanks

    Henrik – thanks

    Tarzan Dan – thank you ! You are beyond sweet and as for the photos…..

    Sassy Scribbles- now, thats a word you don’t hear very often in the ballet world. Huge praise to Dan !

    Regan – thanks

    Dawn – thank you

    Mark – again, thanks for taking the time to comment. So pleased you enjoy them.

    Maurice Causey – too true, if you are devoted to your craft then it always shows through. Why do you think I hunt out the best photographers ??

  14. Ballet News Says:

    Samantha said : stunning photos! I love Angel Jutzi the best.

  15. Ballet News Says:

    Samantha – thanks very much !