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Alaska based photographer Steve Kazlowski has been documenting the wildlife of the Arctic for many years, but it wasn't until a recent expedition that he saw a polar bear dance!

"This polar bear cub certainly made for entertaining viewing!" says Kazlowski. "It was trying very hard to stand up and keep its balance, a skill it has yet to perfect! This individual is about one year old".

"Young bears, just like their mothers, are always trying to stand up and get a better look at what is around them. It was very curious and over-excited when I showed up with my camera! Perhaps that's why it was so unbalanced!"

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Two curious young Polar bears (Ursus maritimus), Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Two curious young Polar bears (Ursus maritimus), Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, Oc...
Portrait of Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) cub along the Bernard Spit during autumn freeze up, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Portrait of Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) cub along the Bernard Spit during autumn freeze up, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious 3 year old stands up on Bernard Spit as it waits for the freeze up, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, September
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious 3 year old stands up on Bernard Spit as it waits for the freeze up, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, September
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair of spring cubs play on newly formed pack ice along the arctic coast in autum, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, sequence 1/...
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair of spring cubs play on newly formed pack ice along the arctic coast in autum, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, sequence 1/...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking across the snow-covered Bernard Spit, near the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking across the snow-covered Bernard Spit, near the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
Photographers shoot a curious Polar bear cub (Ursus maritimus) from a boat off shore from Bernard Spit, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, October 2010
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Steven Kazlowski / Photographers shoot a curious Polar bear cub (Ursus maritimus) from a boat off shore from Bernard Spit, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, October 2010
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs, paws raised, and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Oct...
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs, paws raised, and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Oct...
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in sea off Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, September 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in sea off Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, September 2011
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in sea off Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, September 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in sea off Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, September 2011
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs,  paw raised,  and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, US...
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub sits up on its hind legs, paw raised, and tries to balance itself, along Bernard Spit in autumn, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, US...
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub stands along Bernard Spit as its mother and other cub rest in the background, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub stands along Bernard Spit as its mother and other cub rest in the background, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, October
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on hind legs  on sea ice, off the coast of Svalbard, Norway, August 2009
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on hind legs on sea ice, off the coast of Svalbard, Norway, August 2009
Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curiously checks out the photographer, standing upright on hind legs, Svalbard, Norway
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Steven Kazlowski / Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curiously checks out the photographer, standing upright on hind legs, Svalbard, Norway
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) traveling across newly formed pack ice during autumnal freeze up, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska,...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) traveling across newly formed pack ice during autumnal freeze up, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska,...
Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on top of a dead Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) left by Inupiaq subsistence whalers, Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Re...
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Steven Kazlowski / Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on top of a dead Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) left by Inupiaq subsistence whalers, Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Re...
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) spring cub playfully rolls around on newly formed pack ice, off the 1002 coastal area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, October
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) spring cub playfully rolls around on newly formed pack ice, off the 1002 coastal area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, Beaufort Sea, USA, October
Two young Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) during the autumn freeze up, Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
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Steven Kazlowski / Two young Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) during the autumn freeze up, Barter Island, off the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska, October 2011
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on a submerged iceberg floating in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, Alaska
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on a submerged iceberg floating in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, Alaska
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub in newly forming pack ice checks out the photographer as the mother sits on shore, Arctic Alaska
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curious cub in newly forming pack ice checks out the photographer as the mother sits on shore, Arctic Alaska
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) looking through window of a tundra buggy, with paws against the glass, 1002 coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, October 2005
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) looking through window of a tundra buggy, with paws against the glass, 1002 coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, October 2005
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair walking amongst rough ice on the frozen eastern Chukchi Sea, Arctic Alaska
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair walking amongst rough ice on the frozen eastern Chukchi Sea, Arctic Alaska
polar bear, Ursus maritimus, sow with newborn spring cubs newly emerged from their den, mouth of Canning River along the Arctic coast, eastern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
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Steven Kazlowski / polar bear, Ursus maritimus, sow with newborn spring cubs newly emerged from their den, mouth of Canning River along the Arctic coast, eastern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Photographer Steven Kazlowski enjoys a scotch after a long day, during an expedition to photograph wildlife in Svalbard, Norway. August 2009
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Steven Kazlowski / Photographer Steven Kazlowski enjoys a scotch after a long day, during an expedition to photograph wildlife in Svalbard, Norway. August 2009