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YAGP Book: Slate Interview

In April of 2013, Drew A. Kelley was assigned by The Orange County Register to document ballet students from Orange County, California as they competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York City. The YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet competition but more importantly it is a platform for young dancers to be seen. Regardless of who wins, dancers have the opportunity to receive scholarships and full-time positions in companies around the world.

In April of 2014, Drew A. Kelley was interviewed by Jordan G. Teicher for Slate.com’s photography blog Behold.


Posted: APR 30, 2014



Drew A. Kelley (born 1986, Long Beach), is an American photojournalist. In the late 1990s he developed a passion for photography concurrently with his love for skateboarding. Eventually, he studied photojournalism at the Brooks Institute of Photography where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in visual journalism. In 2006, he began interning for daily newspapers settling down at the Orange County Register in 2007.

He is now a full-time freelance photojournalist based in Southern California covering news stories for various daily Newspapers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. His disciplines include all forms of photojournalism; spot news, sports, features, live performances and long term photo stories.

Drew’s recent assignments have included documenting: behind-the-scenes of the largest ballet competition in the world (Youth America Grand Prix), Long Beach Fire and Police Academy training, Alvin Ailey’s arts in education program, street life in Long Beach, among others. Currently, he is dedicated to documenting the effects of economic progress around the world with a focus on families.

His unique approach to photography and work ethic has earned him a reputation for consistently producing striking images with great attention to detail and an emphasis on the human element.

Drew welcomes questions, comments and commissions.



W Magazine
The Guardian
Lodown Magazine (Germany)
Vision Magazine (China)
Al Jazeera America
Orange County Register
The Press-Enterprise
Sacramento Bee
Santa Barbara News Press
Long Beach Press Telegram
Ojai Valley News
Long Beach Post
Laguna Beach Magazine
Coast Magazine
LA Weekly
OC Weekly
The District



Corbis Images
Zuma Press
Image Collect


Alvin Ailey American Dance
Hamburg Ballet
Bolshoi Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
San Francisco Ballet
Mikhailovsky Ballet
Trey McIntyre Project
Ballet National de Cuba
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Festival Ballet



Segerstrom Center for The Arts
London Philharmonic
Pacific Symphony
Vans (VF Corporation)
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Ganga Skateboards Inc.
FS-Elliott LLC
The Ace Agency
Pacific Chorale


LB Post “Long Beach Life”
Dance Magazine “YAGP”
Click Magazine
Dance Studio Life



ABC (Austrailia)
CBS (New York/Los Angeles)
FACT Magazine (UK)
Black Book Magazine
National Post

Shows / Exhibitions

Deflowered (Group Show)
Long Beach Life (Solo Show)


YAGP (Printed 2014)




Drew A. Kelley Photography
2436 E. 4th St. #103
Long Beach, Ca. 90814

Tel: 562.508.1635
Fax: 562.343.5347