The dancers from Next Generation Ballet, affiliated with Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, bring out their animal instincts for a fashion shoot in this month’s Bay. (And now it's online.) They take leaps, jumps and twirls and once or twice perform a magnificent lift. Dancers step out of their normal routines but still stretch before each pose, plus build rapport with the photographer. Their jungle playground may not always be as wild as the real thing, but rigorous practices keep them sharp. Under artistic director Peter Star, NGB students study at the Patel Conservatory for months, sometimes years, striving to out do other dancers then take their moves to New York City or even abroad. So there you have it. Meet Hannah, Olivia and Katarina, stars of the 2013-2014 season. (And stick with us until the end to see a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot.)
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