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Katie Orlinsky: The Aqualillies

In honor of Adorama’s monthly networking event, which will feature Levine/Leavitt’s Katie Orlinsky on January 26th, we present her series “The Aqualillies”.

From The Daily Beast:

“Known as the “Rockettes of the Water,” The Aqualillies combine the gracefulness of ballet with the athleticism of synchronized swimming to create an elegant, awe-inspiring performance. Founded by Mesha Kusmann, the group performs in vintage, pin-up style swimwear, decorative bathing caps, and even high heels to embody the Old Hollywood glamour of the 1940s and 1950s. Now celebrities in their own right—the troupe has performed for celebs like Justin Timberlake and the Kardashians, and even made a cameo in Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj’s music video for “Beauty and the Beat”—the team is now expanding outside their Southern California base to places like New York, Miami, and San Francisco.”

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“The Aqualillies are an underwater dance company that has merged the art of ballet with the athleticism of synchronized swimming. Some of the Aqualillies are former competitive swimmers that have learned how to dance, and others are professional dancers that have learned how to swim. They began giving synchronized swimming fitness workshops and performing in pools at private events in Hollywood and since then have now expanded into groups across the United States. The Aqualillies’ performances invoke the glamour and nostalgic innocence of old Hollywood and Esther Williams, who first brought synchronized swimming to the big screen. Yet the women of the Aqualillies are not all your typical Hollywood actress types. Many hold down day jobs that range anywhere from law and finance to snowboarding instruction and fashion design. ” -Katie Orlinsky

06 07 08 09 10 11 12 The Aqaulillies prepare for a performance at the Dream Hotel in New York City. 14 15 16 17 Katie Orlinsky for Sunday Styles

Katie is an avid adventurer and lived in Mexico following graduation, where she got her start as a photographer. Her goal has been to raise awareness on social issues, which has led her all over the world photographing numerous assignments and personal projects. She regularly works for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations.Please join us in welcoming Katie Orlinsky, a photographer living and working in New York City. Katie is an avid adventurer and lived in Mexico following graduation, where she got her start as a photographer. Her goal has been to raise awareness on social issues, which has led her all over the world photographing numerous assignments and personal projects. She regularly works for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations.