10 Unbelievably Gorgeous Pics Of Pro Dancers In Their Homes

Photo: Courtesy David Perkins.
Picture yourself kicking back at home. Would you describe what you're seeing as "graceful"? Probably not. You might imagine yourself hunched over the stove while scanning a recipe on your iPhone (No, Siri, half a cup!), or curled on up on the couch ready to binge-watch and unwind.

Professional dancers, on the other hand, are a whole different story. Offstage, they still possess a fluidity and composure that puts our sofa-slumping to shame. Thanks to photographer David Perkins' series, Home Stage, we're granted a peek into a world of everyday grace. "What we rarely see are the moments in someone's life that shape them, that make them, even those that relax them," Perkins writes on his site. "This could not be truer than the life of a dancer."

Ahead, the photographer shares his observations with R29, along with images of dancers in a new context — offstage, at home.
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Photo: Courtesy David Perkins.
"I first look at photos and videos of the subject's performances to see what they are physically capable of," notes Perkins, who has been photographing dancers for almost 10 years.
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Note to self: Do not try this at home.
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"The artists' apartments, depending on their point in life, are really no different than anyone else's, though I expect to see weird torture-like devices used to stretch, costumes, and a closet full of old pointe shoes."
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Actually the cutest thing ever? For the record: yes.
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Photo: Courtesy David Perkins.
"When I photograph dancers [at home], I sit and watch them move about the apartment — music always helps. When I see a motion that might look interesting on camera, we work with that."
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Photo: Courtesy David Perkins.
"They are very much like anyone else relaxing at home. They sit and watch TV, or study for classes."
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Earthbound study buddies need not apply.
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Hands down the most elegant way to stir pasta sauce.
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"Much like you'd expect, in their homes they are constantly stretching and moving and rehearsing newly learned parts," Perkins says.
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Photo: Courtesy David Perkins.
Just opening the refrigerator for another glass of wine, casually.
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