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Rex Tranter is a Seattle-based freelance performance, portrait, and international dance photographer who is passionate about creating images that capture and celebrate each dancer’s individual artistry.

I was initially drawn to photography while photojournaling my experiences as a student studying abroad in the former Soviet Union and later as a photographer in a busy portrait studio. Having helped in the raising of two professional dancers, I became aware of the trials and joys experienced by aspiring dancers, and also experienced the extent to which dance photography appealed to my fascination with light and form. Since then, I have worked closely with dance schools, ballet companies and hundreds of dancers over the past 20+ years. I currently enjoy crafting playful and original photography sessions with performing artists while serving as company photographer for International Ballet Theater, and as a freelance photographer for other organizations and events such as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Chop Shop Festival of contemporary dance. Over the past several years I have also had the privilege to photograph the marvelous Dance Open ballet festival annually held in St Petersburg Russia.”

Performance Photography

International Ballet Theatre, Kirkland, WA

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, WA

Chop Shop Contemporary dance festival

Dance Open International Dance Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017


Dancing Across Borders

In Print

Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, Clippinger, Karen Out There: Jonathan Porretta’s Life in Dance

Magazines & News

Critical Dance

Seattle Dances

Dance Magazine

Pointe Magazine

European Weekly Today

The DanceView Times, San Francisco

Ballet Dance Magazine

425 Magazine

Seattle Met

Seattle Times


Promotional Materials

International Ballet Theatre

International Ballet Academy

Chop Shop Bodies of Work

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Seattle International Dance Festival

Dance Open International Dance Festival

Eastside Arts Coalition

Wallace Foundation


Ezra Drew Choreography

Chop Shop Dance

Jackie Kopcsak

Price Suddarth Choreography

Seattle dances.com

Tanya Bendis

Erin Crall