shadow circle

The Sardanes, a traditional circle dance, is danced with pride by Catalans irrespective of whether they’re in Spain or France. Images of the dancers themselves tell the story of the many different individuals… Continue reading

building human castles

Conventional shots of the finished human castle have their place, but I wanted to give an idea of what it feels like to do. It’s really hard work and each supporting member must… Continue reading

tightening the castel belt

Traditionally, the long wide Castellar belt is put on as tightly and smoothly as possible. It supports the back – vital since each pillar-member will bear the weight of several people – and… Continue reading

human castles in the sun

It’s on days like this that I find myself thinking how much I love my job. At the University of Girona, the challenge was to show that being a Castellar (a human castle… Continue reading

truck rehearsal retrospective

Taken with my D80 in 2009, these girls are rehearsing for the first production to go into the Hull Truck Theatre’s new home. The room was small and it was raining outside, so… Continue reading

doo it like this

Shabba Doo came into the class working his half-moon tambourine so well that by the time he reached the front he already had us on a high.  However what I most value is… Continue reading

shabba styles

I recently covered a Waackin’ Masterclass, given by Shabba Doo in his visit to the UK. Promoted by Spread Love Dance Projects, Shabba was generous with his time and moves, the class was… Continue reading

challenge concentration

I love the intensity in the faces of these two participants of last week’s Redbridge Dance Challenge. But I don’t like the gallery format of this post so won’t be doing it again.

dance challenger

Originally intending to go just for Isaac’s silhouette, I changed my mind when this group wandered into the background. Then it was just a matter of waiting until Isaac’s legs framed them.

looped

Deb Bono and Lemington Ridley performing at the DanceMyWay Gala, organised by Monika Molnar in 2011.