4th of July Photoshoot

July 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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This past 4th of July, I spent part of my weekend at an amazing dance camp called Independence Day Ball, also known as IDB. This camp is a 5 day event that ran from July 3rd-6th. Top coaches from around the US come together and teach workshops to amateurs dancers to inspire them further in their dance career. Not only does this camp do workshops, but it has a Q&A session called Pizza with the Pros, and they take everyone out to our Nation’s Capital to watch the fireworks on the 4th! It truly is a spectacular event.

I wasn’t here as a dancer this time around. I was asked to take photographs for one of the professional’s website. Dan Calloway is a professional dancer, located in the DC area, teaching private lessons to all sorts of competitive and non-competitive couples, as well as teaching the competitive collegiate teams in the area. I was able to visit 3 of his workshops over the course of IDB and photograph them for his website, danielcalloway.com.

Above are my favorites from the shoots. The first shot is from his floorcraft workshop, where he was helping dancers find great ways to navigate the dance floor with 20 other couples on the floor with them. In this shot, Dan is showing off a stationary figure called a contra check that can be used to bide time while couples are in your way. The second picture is from his Vienese Waltz workshop, where Dan was teaching the students how to make V. Waltz easy to dance, as many dancers know if can be very hard to dance in quick circles for 90 seconds in a row. And the last photo is from his “Dancing with your Entire Body” workshop. In this class, Dan was showing the students how important using your entire body, but more specifically your back, to dance, rather than just your legs in your arms. He demonstrated that the dancing looks more active and engaged when using your back.

I had a great time at IDB and working with Dan, and I look forward to working with him in the future.


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