‘Once a dancer, always a dancer’, a saying that couldn’t be more true (even if your body disagrees). During our 5 year stay in San Diego, CA I had the honor to partake in a variety of classes and behind the scene activities for Mesa College’s Dance Program (San Diego Community College). There, I crossed paths with many talented dancers, choreographers, and all around wonderful personalities – I’ll cherish the memories I made and wish I had taken even more photos throughout those years.
In my dream world, everyone I work with would be a dancer, there is a natural understanding that most dancers just get. Majority of the people I befriended in CA had no idea of the dancer life I lived growing up in the Northwest; every moment of my teens spent in a dance rehearsal or performance, an instructor for 7 years, competitive choreographer, a performer for a radio station and with a company that I traveled with along the West Coast until I moved to CA where I coached 2 high school dance teams and taught at private studios in OC. Although I stopped dancing in 2004, I truly will always be dancer at heart and absolutely love the opportunity to work within the dancer world. With an absence of dance in my life for a long 3 years, it was such a wonderful treat to be involved with the dance life in San Diego through photography & interpreting.
This fall, after announcing our move to WA State, the dance department asked if we would be interested in photographing the Fall Mesa Dance Showcase, my last opportunity to photograph these performers who I came to know through weekly interactions. I was so excited to photograph them in their element, originally a set time during dress rehearsal. Instantly my imagination was running wild with ideas, which came to a screeching halt when I received their rehearsal schedule. It was a heart breaking moment when I realized I was already committed elsewhere and would not be available. However, a miraculous last minute change in my schedule allowed me to at least photograph one live performance from around the audience. You may notice some heads I was dodging while taking photos, attempting not to block paid audience’s view, or annoy them with clicking, and all the fun challenges that come with photographing a live show with a pretty full house excited to see hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, belly, polynesian hula and bboy dancers as they rocked the house.
Enjoy a few of my favorite images. I miss you all!! Thank you Donna, Janet, Nancy, Melissa, Angela, and all the other wonderful professors/choreographers/inspirational leaders at the Mesa Dance Program and the dancers/performers for a fantastic five years and performances!!
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