Dancers Among Us : A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday, Paperback

Dancers Among Us : A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. "Dancers Among Us" presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking - but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park.

With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic.

Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in a place where dance is unexpected.

So, dressed in a commuter's suit and tie, the dancer flew across a Times Square subway platform. And in that image Matter found what he'd been searching for: a way to express the feeling of being fully alive in the moment, unself-conscious, present. Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, "Dancers Among Us" celebrates life in a way that's fresh, surprising, original, universal.

There's no photo-shopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks.

Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, four colour photographs throughout
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9780761171706



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A lot of creative situations ranging from heart-wrenching to hilarious. Great collection of photography.

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Opening this book was like creating a cloud break and letting some sunshine into my life. Throughout this book, dancers celebrate life with movement, and no trampolines, wires or digital enhancement of any kind were used. Dancers Among Us is a joy!

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I loved this book! Not only were the photographs beautiful, and Jordan Matters stories that went along with each section were inspiring. This book makes me want to get up and dance!