Masculinity as a socially constructed identity is not a stable entity, but one made up of conflictual and contradictory aspects.

—Ramsay Burt, author of The Male Dancer

The images above are a selection from the project "Danseur," which seeks to explore and push aspects of male identity, gender stereotypes, vulnerability and modes of athleticism. In "Danseur" I am fascinated with the art and sport of ballet and contemporary dance, specifically with young men who push past gender stereotypes associated with dance and challenge societal notions of masculinity. These young men are in the pursuit of becoming or already are professional ballet and/or contemporary dancers. These portraits were shot in Copenhagen, Denmark, moments after intensive training.

—Amy Elkins

Editor's Note: These portraits will be on display at
De Soto Gallery in Los Angeles from January 24 until February 28, 2015. Discover more new, inspiring photography every day from cultures around the world at, on Facebook and Twitter as well as on Instagram.