Me shooting ballet,
Original photo and print: Dr. M. Fara
Me shooting Natalie Kocendova
(Miss Czech Republic 2020, Top Model of the World 2022)
for Angel Studio with Ivoon Visage MUA in the picture,
Photo: H. Haklova
Krystyna Pyszková
2023 Miss World Czech Republic,
later Miss World (2024)

Danceversity, Czechia, photo from a timelapse on Instagram

Ladislav Polak -

I am a passionate photographer with many years of experience working mainly in the field of dance and elegant movement in general. I shoot location photography as well as doing studio work.

Some companies, organizations and media I've worked with:

Daria Klimentova & International Ballet Masterclasses
ProART Festival
Jana Kurova Ballet Master Program
Victorian State Ballet, Melbourne, Australia
EUROVISION Young Dancers
Bodywork Company Performing Arts Cambridge, UK
Moravské divadlo Olomouc
Statutární město Prostějov
Radost & Impuls Bohumín
Studio_68, London, UK
Miraz, Poland
Český svaz plaveckých sportů (Czech Swimming Federation)
Slovenská plavecká federácia (Slovak Swimming Federation)
BURDA International
Rozhlad, Serbski kulturny časopis
Swiss Swimming - Synchroverein Bern
Angel studio
Tokyoflash, JAPAN
LK Fashion
European Championship IMA, Croatia
and others.


From the first time I photographed dance, I have been passionate about capturing its elegance, energy and mystery.

When I photograph dance, I listen to the music, I watch the choreography and again and again I feel connected with the dancers in such a way that my heart speeds up, my breathing deepens, I move and rebalance myself often, my muscles relax and contract and I can anticipate, I somehow know, what the next move will be, even though I have never seen the choreography before.

At such moments my surroundings cease to exist and taking photographs becomes a floating experience, a twirling and ecstatic dancing in another dimension.

I have been taking pictures since childhood, but I chanced upon dance photography much later and soon became hooked. The very first bait I took and that lured me in the direction of dance-photography was a strong positive feedback and enthusiasm from a Swedish folk-dance group Stora Tuna  folkdansgille.

Majorettes then literally crossed my path on my way to a restaurant. There was an older policeman who made me stop my car to allow them to pass. So I watched them long enough to become interested. Fate is sometimes quite determined, isn’t it? Their rehearsals have proved to be a good training ground for me in rhythmics and dance-photo basics thanks to the years I have regularly attended them. 

I have shot officially at many local competitions, national, international and European championships which widened the circle of my fans and friends and broadened my experience. Although nowadays I haven’t enough time to attend their rehearsals or competitions regularly, I still admire baton twirling and therefore I  try to shoot at at least one competition or a master-class every year. It is always so good to meet old friends.

And that about sums up my photographic roots.

Instituto Italiano di Fotografia

In terms of photographic training, aside from several courses and workshops I have no formal qualifications. I don’t see it as a disadvantage because many (if not most) successful and innovative photographers before me had no formal qualification either. Nonetheless it would be arrogant of me to state that I was self-thought. This would be dismissive to all the authors of books I read and all the courses I attended.

To name just one, Instituto Italiano di Fotografia is certainly the photographic school and the art influence that should be mentioned and reckoned with.


My greatest muse is the art of dance and I admire and respect those who use dance as their language.

I am always captivated by the way Daria Klimentova, Christopher Hampson or Tamás Solymosi dance or work with dancers, I am always astonished to see artists such as Nadja Saidakova, Anna Osadcenko, Michael Braun or Vadim Muntagirov (to name just a few) dancing in class or at rehearsals. It is uplifting, immersive and inspiring.

Although it is always a great pleasure and excitement to take pictures at dress rehearsals, opening nights   or capture dance competitions, I take the same if not slightly greater satisfaction in crafting professional photographs shot offstage, during studio rehearsals, at the dancer’s favourite place etc. It gives me an otherwise impossible opportunity. It allows me to learn something more about the person I photograph. It may seem unnecessary but to me it's substantial in a way similar to taking a light-meter reading.


I‘m passionate about dance and I can afford to shoot some projects and dancers just for the love of it. Write and tell me about your idea and don’t hesitate to take this opportunity.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss any photographic requirements you may have.

On location in Canada
Ready to shoot in London
Studio, Czechia, photo from a timelapse on Instagram
Theatre, England
In an old gym, Czechia
Me at Ballet Masterclasses,
Národni divadlo studios, Prague,
Photo: Ian Comer
A photo-shoot in Poland, Photo: Cezary Borowik