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Renata Pavam is a Photographer in New York City who is known for her work based on the backstage life of ballet. As a ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre for 12 years, she developed her passion for photography from traveling and performing with the company.

Inspired by photographer and dancer, Rosalie O’Connor, she was rarely backstage without a camera in her hand, snapping photos in-between stage entrances and exits as she rehearsed. With the dancer’s disciplined eye for detail and perfection, Renata could capture the beauty of ballet from the side of the stage the audience rarely has the chance to view. As injury took it’s toll on her career, her passion for photography grew and redirected her journey.  Today, her photography work has been published in Dance Magazine, The New York Post, and the Huffington Post. In October, 2013, Renata Pavam Photography was presented in the Patron’s Lounge at the David H. Koch Theater of Lincoln Center for ABT’s fall season.

Favorite Quote: “Be Humble.”

Photo Credit: Renata Pavam Photography

Photo Credit: Renata Pavam Photography

Born in Brazil, Renata began her training at the age of 4. She trained with the great Cuban ballerina Ofelia Gonzalez. Later she joined the Jeune Ballet de France in Paris, winning medals at several international dance competitions including the grand prize at the Luxemburg International Ballet Competition in 1999 and the award for Most Promising Dancer at the Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest the following year. Renata danced the principal role of Kitri in Don Quixote while she was with the Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris.

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She joined the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2000 and, in 2001, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet. Her roles with the Company include a Shade in La Bayadère, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the Masks in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, Clara in The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, a Street Dancer in Petrouchka, Clemence in Raymonda, the Italian Princess in Swan Lake, a Goat in Sylvia, a featured role in Brief Fling and roles in Amazed in Burning Dreams, Baker’s Dozen, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, HereAfter, Petite Mort and workwithinwork.

Photo Credit: Gene Schiavone

Photo Credit: Gene Schiavone

Dancer Answer:
Advice for Aspiring Young Dancers

Q: Katherine in MN- Should an aspiring professional dancer choose a program and/or Summer intensive based on its reputation and success with a professional company because of the possibility of joining that company or making good connections even though she may not love the program and is unhappy there?   Or, is it better for a dancer to choose a program that she loves and is happy to participate in and worry about the connections later?

A: Renata-In the world of ballet, connections are most important. It is not always about your dancing. It is most important to build connections.


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Photo Credit: Renata Pavam Photography

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