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 2023 Pas de Deux Dance Photography Conference

The 2023 Conference is being held Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.  It will take place in downtown Chicago at the Hilton at 720 S Michigan Avenue.

Registration is open. A second Early Rate opened October 16 and remains open through April 1, 2023. Applications for volunteers are also open. 

We are excited to share the city with all of you.  Our location allows us urban looks as well as the lakefront and premiere Chicago parks as well as skyline shots.

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2023 Dance Photography Competition

The Pas de Deux Photo Competition elevate dance photography by hosting an annual competition for dance images.

Eight Categories: 
On Location

Pre-teen / Children
Grand Prize (all images submitted by a photographer)


2023 Jury 

Marissa Stark, company dancer with the Nashville Ballet

Anne O'Donnell, solist with Martha Graham Dance Company

Tanya Daniel, professional photographer

Steven Vandervelden, professional photographer

Lisa Mallis, Senior Vice President, PhotoDay

Amazing prizes include:

- Stella Pro Lights Reflex Studio Light;

-  gift cards from B&H Photo, PhotoDay, Harlequin Floors, Roberts Camera, Pas de Deux Photo & DONE.Photo;

-  Canvas or Muslin backdrops from Savage Universal

-  specialty prints from Bay Photo, H&H Photo, and McKenna Pro.



The 2022 Conference was a celebration of dance photography.  Watch our video to see it all in action!

What photographers have to say

"If you are a dance photographer you HAVE to be at this convention! So much to learn, so many photographers to network with and a perfect way to build your portfolio!"

"From the day I first contacted Beth with questions about the conference, I felt that I was welcome and that something about this conference was going to be different."

"Cannot recommend this conference enough. Whether you're an experienced professional, hobbyist, or anywhere in between, there's something for you here. Great variety of speakers and hands-on experiences. Overall 10/10 would go again."

"If you are in the dance photography world you can not afford to miss this conference. It is jammed packed with the industry's leaders in photography, gear, and knowledge."