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Passion For Dance

It's Throwback Thursday! And we have an epic 573 Hardcopy Archive picked out for you today. Warning! Looking through the beautiful images within this story that are reminiscent to the classical paintings of ballerinas that used to grace grandmas house, you may find yourself feeling nostalgic, inspired, or even motivated to get out there! From May, 2007, this is Passion for Dance.


Edgar Degas, the French impressionist artist famous for his paintings of ballet dancers, displayed a mastery in the depiction of movement, grace and emotion. It’s in this spirit that Kimberly Gavin Anderson identifies with the subject of dance. Instead of bright dazzling colors and the infusion of carefully crafted light to create intimacy, Kimberly expresses her feelings and art through her ballet students. It’s as if she is painting with “real life," in which every class is freezing moments, imparting movement, constructing composition with a wall mirror as her canvas, transforming off kilter angles and awkwardness into a sense of stature and discipline.

Kimberly gives her gift back to an art that was given to her years ago.


Before becoming an instructor, Kimberly performed in the St. Louis Muny Opera, the Metropolitan Ballet of St. Louis, and many others. With a career spanning more than 20 years, she was recently awarded the Frederick H. Laas Memorial Award. This Missouri Arts Award recognizes those within the state who provide artistic opportunities, arts education, and accessibility to all. Now the director and founder of the Ballet Arts Center in Farmington, Kimberly gives her gift back to an art that was given to her years ago. Many of her students have gone on to dance with nationally renowned dance and opera companies, national dance competitions, and commercial dance venues.


Edgar Degas, (1834 - 1917), an artist more interested in movement than in color, was born in Paris. He worked in many different mediums and concentrated upon the portrayal of movement - the action immediately preceding and immediately following that of the moment captured by his rapid brush giving the feeling of immediacy that is usually associated with the camera.

Degas also discarded classical rules of composition and frequently used an oblique angle with light coming from below to create a new type of theatrically focused space. His hundreds of dancers in oils are revelations of human movement and his studies of women at work, bathing, or in cafes, have a sense of reality that is both emotional and intellectual.



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