ANGELA STERLING PHOTOGRAPHY / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Ballerina moves smoothly into dancing images
"Symphony in Three Movements," choreographed by George Balanchine, with Pacific Northwest Ballet
Sterling: "This one [hangs in artistic director] Peter Boal's office. When Peter first came to the company, we sort of had to get to know each other. [For this ballet], he brought me over to the side, and said, 'When the curtain goes up, the girls are in this diagonal, this would make a good shot.' I wanted to impress him and do everything I could do to make him happy. I got that shot, he came up to me, and said, 'Boy, every single shot I asked you to get, you got.' He's never told me how to take a photograph for the company since then! I hadn't really foreseen that the girls all in that line would be really, really striking, but he was right. It helps when you have someone who so recently has been a dancer, like Peter — he still feels it in his body."