The Steven Caras Dance Photography Collection contains more than 120,000 photographs of the dance world’s most celebrated icons and institutions including Last Bow, George Balanchine’s final curtain call with New York City Ballet.

Spanning over forty years, this photographic documentation encompasses what is considered the most important period in the history of dance in America. Images from The Collection and the rich narratives accompanying them continue to serve as vital tools for research and educational purposes, simultaneously stimulating greater interest in the art of dance and the exceptional individuals who have brought it to life.

His body of work is the creation of an artist who was mentored as both a photographer and a dancer by 20th Century genius George Balanchine, further distinguishing it as a canon of rare significance.


“Steven Caras, having danced himself, has an intuitive feel for dancers and the way they move. This understanding is evident in his photography — he captures the outer workings of the body while revealing glimpses of the dancer’s inner life.”   Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artistic Director, Baryshnikov Art Center

Photographs by Steven Caras possess the true photographer’s gift that Lincoln Kirstein described as, ‘suggesting previous and subsequent motion.’ Steven does not aggrandize his dancers. Here are not glamorized creatures performing but human beings dancing. Closer viewing reveals an unsuspected diversity of subject: Sometimes it’s dancing, sometimes it’s theater, and sometimes it’s life.”- Merrill Brockway, Founder/Producer, Dance In America, Public Broadcasting Service

His accomplishment is rare, and his photos are a priceless record of dance as it is in our time.” – Richard Philp, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Dance Magazine


Photographs contained within this web site archive are owned and copyrighted by Steven Caras. The choreography depicted is copyrighted by the individual choreographers.

George Balanchine: Agon; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Apollo; Ballade; Ballo Della Regina; Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet; Bugaku; Chaconne; Concerto Barocco; Coppélia; Divertimento No. 15; Donizetti Variations; Duo Concertante; Elegie; George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker; Harlequinade; Jewels; Kammermusik No. 2; La Sonnambula; Liebeslieder Walzer; Mozartiana; Orpheus; Prodigal Son; Robert Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze; Serenade; Sonatine; Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; Square Dance; Stars and Stripes; Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Swan Lake; Symphony in Three Movements; The Steadfast Tin Soldier; Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux; Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; Tschaikovsky Suite No. 2; Tzigane; Walpurgisnacht Ballet; Who Cares?

Peter Martins: Adams Violin Concerto; Calcium Light Night; Les Gentilhommes; Les Petits Riens; The Waltz Project

Jerome Robbins: Afternoon of a Faun; An Evening’s Waltzes; Antique Epigraphs; Fancy Free; Glass Pieces; In G Major; In Memory of…; Interplay; Moves; Other Dances; Piano Pieces; The Cage

Daniel Ezralow: Read My Hips; Eliot Feld: The Unanswered Question; William Forsythe: Steptext; Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros: Carmen; Lisa Giobbi: Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre; Dan Guin: Boca Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake; Jose Limon: Chaconne (with White Oak); Thierry Malandain: The Stone Flower; Amy O’Brien: Vessel; Kevin O’Day: A Cloud in Trousers; David Parsons: Caught; Moses Pendleton and Jamey Hampton: Skiva; William Soleau: The Brown Wrapper, Isle; Elizabeth Streb: Streb; Twyla Tharp: Baker’s Dozen, Short Stories; Victor Trevino: Les Ballets Grandiva; Mauricio Wainrot: From Far Away;  Robby Barnett, Alison Becker Chase, Martha Clarke, Morleigh Steinberg, Michael Tracy, Jonathan Wolken: Day II, Wildcards

George Balanchine is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust.