Dane Shitagi, a New York City-based photographer has a exceptionally unique approach to photography. Born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii his passion and gift for photography surfaced at a very young age. In 1996 Dane moved to New York City where he was able to be influenced by the city’s vitality and diverse atmosphere. Instead of limiting himself to the confines of a studio environment, Dane explores all aspects of the location he photographs in. New York City has provided a dramatic and honest back drop for his work, but he has expanded this adventurous approach all over the US and even the world.

Dane is most known for his creation of the Ballerina Project. In over a decade of photography Dane has amassed a collection of over 1000 unique images of many talented and beautiful ballerinas. This collection of worked has lead the Ballerina Project to establish one of the largest followings for ballet related social media pages.