I took this photograph in Varanasi, India, at a place called the Jolly Music House. Here, I saw Kathak, a classic Northern Indian style of performance blending music, dance and storytelling. I was enchanted by this female dancer, who moved gracefully, yet quickly -- so fast that at times she looked like a blur. Each move was done with intention and poise, despite the energy, devotion and hard work I'm sure it took to perform. While I certainly think womanhood is more than grace, I think this photograph and the story behind it portrays this characteristic perfectly.
Photographer: Jessica Festa