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The ongoing story of Royal Dance Works in images and video as seen through the lens of studio photographer Dustin Curtis. Royal Dance Works is a contemporary dance studio located in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

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August 28th, 2014: Molly is a mind-blowing 7 today. She is always mind-blowing. But today she also happens to be 7. Molly is in Petite Jewels this year. Let’s all wish her a Happy Birthday.

August 28th, 2014: Molly is a mind-blowing 7 today. She is always mind-blowing. But today she also happens to be 7. Molly is in Petite Jewels this year. Let’s all wish her a Happy Birthday.

  • Posted 17 hours ago
  • August 28th, 2014

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August 25th, 2014:
Simone turns 11 today. She has been in performance for a few years now. This year she is in Pre-Juniors.
I hope you have a great day, Simone.

August 25th, 2014:

Simone turns 11 today. She has been in performance for a few years now. This year she is in Pre-Juniors.

I hope you have a great day, Simone.

  • Posted 3 days ago
  • August 25th, 2014

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August 21st, 2014: Megan is 11 today!

I cannot believe that Megan is now in her 6th year at Royal. She is in Junior Performance Group this year. As her mother will attest to, these are some of the few somewhat normal shots of Megan in existence. Usually she is being extremely goofy, silly, downright weird, etc. She might be the original Photobomber.

Megan, please have a wonderful birthday, will ya?

(Left pic from Recital 2010)

  • Posted 1 week ago
  • August 21st, 2014

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August 20th, 2014: Ethan the Floater is 15 today.

All I can say is STUD!

Ethan, you are the MAN! I hope you have a great day and another great year ahead.

ps: For those that don’t know, a floater is a male dancer who is so good at what he does and is in such high demand by choreographers that he literally floats over the tops of all performance groups during practice until he is snatched down by a teacher and invited to toss around a whole bunch of female dancers.

He often ends up in dances in several different groups.

Not a bad gig if you can get it, and as you can see from these 2 pics, he’s been at it for years. Left pic from Recital 2010, right pic, Recital 2014.

  • Posted 1 week ago
  • August 20th, 2014

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What events can I expect to be covered by my Personal Paparazzi?

A. As of today here is the list:

  1. Performance Portraits - September/October
  2. Spirit Week - October
  3. Master Classes - Throughout the year
  4. Glendale Glitters - December
  5. The Holiday Show - December
  6. Highlighted Performance Groups - Throughout the year
  7. Open House - January
  8. Competition Runthroughs - Winter/Spring
  9. Suns Performance - February
  10. Performance Showcase - March or April
  11. Random Classroom Visits - Throughout the Year
  12. Performance Banquet - June
  13. Recital - June

And that’s about it. Whew!

Look for details on how to sign up coming soon to your email.

  • Posted 1 week ago
  • August 18th, 2014

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August 17, 2014: Caroline is 15 today!
Last year Caroline started standing out in Troupe about the time the Suns Halftime Performance came around. This year she is in Ensemble and I’m hoping to see good things from her.
Enjoy your special day, Caroline and Happy Birthday from royalmugshots!

August 17, 2014: Caroline is 15 today!

Last year Caroline started standing out in Troupe about the time the Suns Halftime Performance came around. This year she is in Ensemble and I’m hoping to see good things from her.

Enjoy your special day, Caroline and Happy Birthday from royalmugshots!

  • Posted 1 week ago
  • August 17th, 2014

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Recital Part 6 - Top 50
In going through every photo from recital, 4,303 in all, it’s hard enough to get it down to 600 or 700 to present to you the gawking public. But I thank you all for looking. (There have been over 250,000 individual views of the recital pics since I started posting them. That’s a lot of gawking!)
So, imagine what it’s like to get it down to a Top 50. Not easy, but an exercise photographers should all go through. It helps me to really see composition, color, capturing the individual expression of a dancer, or the cohesion of a group or some other unique moment that I see.
I also know that each of you would have your own Top 50 if you were to go through the exercise. So, go ahead and try it. I’ve trimmed the field from over four thousand to just a few hundred to make it easier on you.
And with that, the 2013-14 year in dance at Royal Dance Works is officially over at royalmugshots.com.
It was fun……..

Recital Part 6 - Top 50

In going through every photo from recital, 4,303 in all, it’s hard enough to get it down to 600 or 700 to present to you the gawking public. But I thank you all for looking. (There have been over 250,000 individual views of the recital pics since I started posting them. That’s a lot of gawking!)

So, imagine what it’s like to get it down to a Top 50. Not easy, but an exercise photographers should all go through. It helps me to really see composition, color, capturing the individual expression of a dancer, or the cohesion of a group or some other unique moment that I see.

I also know that each of you would have your own Top 50 if you were to go through the exercise. So, go ahead and try it. I’ve trimmed the field from over four thousand to just a few hundred to make it easier on you.

And with that, the 2013-14 year in dance at Royal Dance Works is officially over at royalmugshots.com.

It was fun……..

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • August 13th, 2014

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Facts about Personal Paparazzi:

  • Two levels of service - Paparazzi and Paparazzi Plus for larger images
  • Our Paparazzi will find your dancer even if they aren’t front and center
  • Once you join, we are relentless in our pursuit
  • All events covered throughout the year
  • Personal Paparazzi is an all volunteer team of one!
  • All proceeds go to the Performance Boosters

Stay tuned for our early bird special offer available in a few short weeks.

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • August 12th, 2014

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August 11, 2014:

Christina is 14 today. Christina is nothing but passion and energy when it comes to dancing. These two pics from recital show you exactly what I mean. She is in Teens this year.

Happy Birthday Christina!

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • August 11th, 2014

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The Wayback Machine: January 2011

Photos from Rosemary’s Dancin’ Darlings classes from Open House week.

From top-right:

Kaidence - Petite Jewels

Jessica, Taylor, Annie, Katie - Petite Gems

Cydney, Kennedy - Preteens

You just never know who’s going to end up in Performance…

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • August 8th, 2014

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Recital Part 5 - From the Shadows:
Dance is very hard to capture at times because it can be so dark, and the movements so fast. The two don’t make for a good match and can often push the limits of technology. Many of you ask every year how to capture the beautiful moves of your dancer and usually I don’t have a good answer.
For the camera geeks, here’s the quick secret. Shutter speed 1/200, ISO 4,000, aperture 3.4. And sometimes even that ain’t good enough, which leads to things like totally dark pictures of really good stuff, and the problem of what to do with them.
So, this year I took the raw images that I would normally throw out and experimented with them in Photoshop. Stretching both the limits of equipment and software I have captured some really different stuff.
It’s weird and its wonderful and it’s From the Shadows at www.royalmugshots.com

Recital Part 5 - From the Shadows:

Dance is very hard to capture at times because it can be so dark, and the movements so fast. The two don’t make for a good match and can often push the limits of technology. Many of you ask every year how to capture the beautiful moves of your dancer and usually I don’t have a good answer.

For the camera geeks, here’s the quick secret. Shutter speed 1/200, ISO 4,000, aperture 3.4. And sometimes even that ain’t good enough, which leads to things like totally dark pictures of really good stuff, and the problem of what to do with them.

So, this year I took the raw images that I would normally throw out and experimented with them in Photoshop. Stretching both the limits of equipment and software I have captured some really different stuff.

It’s weird and its wonderful and it’s From the Shadows at www.royalmugshots.com

  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • August 6th, 2014

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Personal Paparazzi is underway already. There is never a moment’s rest when looking to capture the best.

All pictures of your dancer directly to your email all year long.

  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • August 5th, 2014

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August 4, 2014:

Alert: Second birthday of the day. Sara from Seniors is 17 today! Sara has been around for a very long time at Royal. For ever it seemed she would not grow at all, but she has, in height, sorta, but also in ability. Sara is a fun natured girl and has always been a bit of a comedian. The top picture is right around her 10th birthday, the bottom one is from the recent Senior Shoot.

Happy Birthday Sara!

  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • August 4th, 2014

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August 4, 2014: Maya is 10 today!

Maya first got my attention last year in the Holiday show when I  saw her new solo. First of all, not that many kids do a solo when they are nine. But she did and it was pretty good! She is very flexible and can do a lot of gymnastics stunts. She has been doing an aerial for at least a year.

Kids these days….

Well, it’s paid off. Maya is in Pre-Juniors this year and as of today it’s official, the season has started. So, Happy Birthday to you, Maya, and here’s to a great year ahead.

  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • August 4th, 2014

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