In April I got to shoot some of Albuquerque’s professional flamenco dancers. Below are just a few of my favorite photos from one of their rehearsals before a performance. This recent shoot for the Albuquerque Journal of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company ended up being the cover of the Life in New Mexico section for the week.
What happens when you have 21 amazing dancers and you have under three hours to photograph them? You move fast and have them on their feet and in the air as much as possible! (And making the occasional silly face.)
If you’ve kept up with my blog you might remember I photographed the Steve & Chanzie Denver Workshop back in December that Swingin’ Denver put on. So when Kenny asked me to shoot some promotional photos of Swingin’ Denver’s instructors and new dance troupe (The Ladies and Gentlemen) I couldn’t wait! I knew this was going to be a fun afternoon!
Lindy hop. Chorus girls. Live music. Team Performances. Lip Sync Battle. Dancing until the wee hours.
In April two dance workshop weekends happened back to back, one in Albuquerque, one in Denver. Dance weekends are the most fun times for a social dancer. You get to hang out with your dance friends all weekend, learn new things, and most importantly, dance, for hours!!!
505 Stomp is an annual lindy hop workshop held in Albuquerque each spring. Instructors are brought in from across the country, there are classes all day, dances all night, and laid back competitions during the dances. Rocky Mountain Girl Jam is a workshop weekend focused on follow technique and solo dancing. Performances and social dancing fill the nights.
I’ve been photographing 505 Stomp since it began in 2008, but this was the first year I made it to Girl Jam and got to photograph it as well! Both events were so much fun. If you are a dancer and have never made it to an event like these I highly recommend it.
The ASH Project was created by Albuquerque artists who took the 2013 concert dance piece by the same title and expanded its striking narrative through the visceral punch of film. ASH explores events from the Holocaust and a young generation’s reaction to crimes against humanity, diving into a harsh and unforgiving world. We are taken to a place that entwines art, religion ritual, and stories from the Holocaust to weave a narrative of a seeming distant past and our own relevant present to inform our future via the artistic abstraction that is dance. Read more
A behind the scenes look at the rehearsals and performance of Dance Alive’s ‘The Nutcracker.’ Narrated by Dance Alive’s artistic director Kim Tuttle. Self-produced in December of 2006 and published by the Gainesville Sun. Hit the play button at bottom left after it has loaded to begin the slideshow with audio.