Durham Dances - Anne Talkington!

Welcome to the second Durham Dances full blog post! It features the incredible (and gorgeous) dancer, Anne Talkington, as well as the top photos from our session. I hope you enjoy the images!

My whole life, dance has been a gift that just keeps giving.

- Anne Talkington

First thing first, where are you from?

I was born in Richmond, VA, but grew up mostly in Fayetteville, NC. I moved to the Triangle when I started college.

When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 3 years old - I asked my parents if I could take ballet lessons, and I never looked back!

What type of dancing that you do?

Pretty much everything... I've trained in classical ballet most of my life, but I also do modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap!

What made you keep going with dance?

I don't think I could imagine my life without dance. I'd go stir crazy! It's what keeps me balanced, and it's always so rewarding even though it's not always easy. It's an investment, physically and emotionally, and you grow with it. My whole life, dance has been a gift that just keeps giving.

Favorite things to do when not being a marvelous dancer?

I'm in graduate school for computational biology, so my research keeps me pretty busy! I also love singing, musical theater, reading, gluten-free baking, going to the movies, spending time at the beach, and anything that involves hanging out with adorable animals.

Want to know more?

Check out Anne's website at annetalkington.weebly.com!


I chose to shoot at the Corcoran Garage deck because of the deck’s great views of the Durham skyline. I also love the contrast of the beauty of ballet with the urban environment. Parking decks and other industrial areas can provide very interesting linear compositions. We were also shooting rather late in the day, by which I mean the very end of the day and into the night. This gave me the opportunity to play around with several lighting setups and Anne was a total sport and went along with all of my crazy ideas and poses, thank you Anne!

Zoe Litaker