Point of View: Imaginative, giggly energy
In a dance studio in small-town Mississippi, a group of 4-year-olds leap and twirl in pink tulle.
I had parachuted into Philadelphia, Miss., with no warning and had to rely on the kindness of strangers to get my photographs. I wandered around downtown. It sure was small. Shawn Byars Studio – a kids' dance studio – had a storefront on Main Street. I walked in. Soon I was welcomed into a world filled with 4-year-old girls in tutus, aka photographer heaven.Skip to next paragraph
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The girls ignored me and performed, mugging to themselves in the mirrors, curtsying, leaping, and twirling in pink and white tulle. For about an hour, I was immersed in a wonderful world filled with imaginative, giggling energy. I never wanted to leave.