Striking a pose on La Brea

From May to August, North Carolina-based assistant dance professor Jen Guy Metcalf teaches dance workshops in Los Angeles.

When she's not in the classroom, Metcalf photographs and films both professional dancers and students. "I love this city and finding interesting ways to capture dance in it," the self-coined minimalist said.

It was a scenic drive on La Brea Avenue to scope out potential shoot locations that led her to discover a colorful mural on the wall of the fabric shop Diamond Foam and Fabric.

Days later she took a few students to the very same wall, capturing this image on her iPhone 5S.

"I asked Blair to pose for one more photo for Instagram," Metcalf said. "She was positioned in just the right spot to be centered in the blue stripes of the mural. The lighting was great. And I took the shot at the height of the dancer's arabesque. It all worked."

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