From Rebecca Fulleylove’s article for Creative Review:
How to Dance the Waltz is a five-year project that explores the connection between youth, uniforms and dress codes. Photographer Michal Chelbin wanted to unpick the heightened traditional gender roles that come with certain uniforms and the air of performance forced upon them.
The project sees Chelbin travel around the world to places such as military boarding schools in Ukraine, Seville’s matador schools and a school prom night in Kiev. “I work around groups of people who share something in common,” she says of her process. “For example, if it was a military boarding school, I would contact them in advance with a time to come. Once I’m there, I introduce myself and my work, and start to make portraits. Each portrait session is different, sometimes it takes an hour and sometimes up to three hours.”