Ruiko is a member of the class of 2024 in the college at UNCSA in Winston-Salem. Already an accomplished dancer, and YAGP finalist, I’m looking forward to seeing where her additional years of training and creativity take her. She was a fantastic collaborative partner, pushing for her best and finding some unexpected nuggets along the way. The photo below is one example. We tested sides for that pose and found that she loved the look of her face turned away from the light. So we finessed the shot some more and made a few adjustments before ending up with the beauty and emotion conveyed in this shot.
I’m looking forward to more creative collaborations with you, and I look forward to seeing the dancer you become!