artswestchester.jpgFive Photographers celebrate the art of performance in an exciting new exhibition   White Plains, N.Y. - Dance, an artful combination of grace, skill and athleticism, could be described as the most ephemeral of art forms; a deep but fleeting experience that fades the moment the curtain falls. Grace in Motion: Photographing Dance, on view at ArtsWestchester from January 10 - January 25, 2014, manages to capture the dynamism of the human body in motion through the camera's lens, transforming the elusive quality of dance into enduring images of grace and beauty. Photographs of studio and live performances will be featured, highlighting dancers and companies from around the world.  For more information, visit:   "Westchester is home to several prominent dance companies, award-winning choreographers, and renowned photographers," says ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam. "Grace in Motion brings two vibrant artistic communities together - dance and the visual arts - in a collaborative effort that demonstrates the mastery of both." Five esteemed photographers will be featured in this exhibition. As a photographer on assignment for National Geographic, New York resident Ira Block has witnessed traditional performances from around the globe, including those by Japanese and Native American dancers. His work presents dance as an art form that unifies cultures. Tracy Allan, whose studio is based in Yonkers, will feature photographs and slow-motion videos of Alvin Ailey troop members, documenting the physicality and athleticism of contemporary dancers. Finally, Stephanie Berger, of Piermont,  Ellen Crane of Dobbs Ferry, and Mark Sadan of Ossining immortalize the beauty of ballet with sensitivity to the emotive quality and sculptural lines in dancers' performances. To supplement this celebration of movement, ArtsWestchester will also screen Mark Sadan's recent documentary, The Art of Isadora. The film highlights a recent performance of Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company at the Alvin Ailey Theater in New York. In addition, on Saturday, January 18, ArtsWestchester invites residents to bring their own dance photographs, drawings, or writings to add to its Grace in Motion community gallery. Grace in Motion: Photographing Dance Join the photographers at an opening reception - Thursday, January 9, 6-8:30PM. An RSVP is encouraged. Contact Lea Banks, Gallery Assistant at or 914.424.4220 x330.   Exhibition on view from January 10 through January 25, 2014.    About the Artists Stephanie Berger (Piermont, NY) - Since 1986, Stephanie Berger has been photographing performance and cultural events at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum. She has been the Lincoln Center Festival staff photographer since its inception in 1996, and has been commissioned by major orchestras and dance companies. A frequent a contributor to many publications, Berger's work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, ArtsNews, New York Magazine, and Film Comment. Ira Block (New York, NY) - Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher, and workshop leader who has produced over 30 stories for National Geographic Magazine and its affiliates N.G. Traveler and Adventure. He began his career as a newspaper photographer, earning numerous press club awards. His momentous coffee table book, Saving America's Treasures was a collaborative effort among the Clinton White House, National Geographic Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ira's unique vision and outstanding lighting skills have made him the "go to photographer" for complex assignments; he is sought after for assignments ranging from shooting ancient artifacts in Greece to photographing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi desert. His photographic exhibit Faces of Hope, portraits of survivors and images of objects retrieved from the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, are part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Ellen Crane  (Dobbs Ferry, NY) - A ballerina in the ‘80s, Crane found that she enjoyed watching and analyzing movement as much as dancing. After moving to New York City to further her dance career, she eventually entered the Gallatin School at New York University to pursue her interest in photography. An accidental change in her camera's shutter speed during a college assignment resulted in her first motion study: a photographic method she has continued to pursue as a way to convey the expression and mystery of dance. Crane has worked with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and covered dance as a freelance photographer for publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Magazine and Dance Magazine. Her images of students and faculty at The School of American Ballet, an affiliate of The New York City Ballet, have been exhibited at Lincoln Center. Mark Sadan (Ossining, NY) - As an experimental filmmaker early in his career, Sadan received two special screenings of his films in cine-probes at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Later, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Graduate Film and Television Institute of New York University. He produced short films for Sesame Street when it began for NBC television. After directing a documentary in Norway, Mark was invited to exhibit at the Preus Foto Museum, and at this time made a decision to devote himself to photography. He has exhibited internationally in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America and the U. K., and his work has been featured in many leading photo magazines such as La Photographica in Spain and Zoom in Italy. In the United States his work has appeared in American Photo, Popular Photography, Dance Magazine and The New York Times. His work is also found in many private and museum collections. Tracy Allan - (Yonkers, NY) - TJ Allan (Producer/Director/Photographer) has been involved with film and television production his entire career. Beginning in 1983 as an Art Director, his panache for subtlety in advertising was a perfect fit for the television commercial world. He began directing in 1986, quickly building his directorial reel with spec shots that sold to clients in the United States and Europe. His knowledge in photographic techniques helped spawn relationships with manufacturers and ad agencies hungry for a ‘new look.' Clients such as Tyco, Tonka, Porsche, Visa, Seat, Repsol, Fortuna Racing, Telecel, Suzuki, Coca-Cola, GMC, Greg Rice Foundation, Dominican Republic and many more took full advantage of his ability to merge great art (color correction techniques, colorization, vignette, bleach bypass etc.) with stylized storytelling and editing. With travel came opportunity, and Mr. Allan has worked in several locations worldwide including Spain, Portugal, Mexico, USA, Dominican Republic, Israel and more; honing his ability to manage productions here and abroad.   For more information, visit:   To view low res images, visit:  (To download an image, click on the photo to expand it, right click on the full-screen photo to determine the size you need, and then download the photo to your computer.)     To request high res images, or for more information, please contact: LisaMarie DeSanto / Communications Associate  / (914) 428-4220 x321     # # # 

ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community.FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: LisaMarie DeSanto (914) 428-4220 x321 //