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Posted on May 30, 2012

As part of her day-by-day countdown to Big Dance Week 2012, July 7–15, Dance Today photographer Carole Edrich is posting a different dance-related photo a day on her blog. Each week, she will share an image with Dance Today. Here, Carole talks about this week’s image…

As the Diamond Jubilee approaches and the weather warms up, so, it appears, does the enthusiasm for Big Dance 2012.

My first image last week showed Felipe Salas of Circolombia demonstrating a level of strength and co-ordination appropriate to the Olympic theme. This was from an event held by Salida Productions, who are raising money for a production of Macbeth using members of Circo Para Todos, an organisation that works with Colombian street kids and trains them to be professional circus artists. It’s an exciting not-for-profit project, so you’re likely to see more related images on my blog.

I also featured three more images from Rights(?). The most recent one, of a dance sculpture is so far the most popular of the week, which surprised me as I thought it would be the one of dancers painting with lights.

My personal favourites this week, though, are the images of the flashmob at Westfield Stratford (one of which features on the June cover of Dance Today!), which is why I’ve selected First Pair Dancing for this week’s blog.

The enthusiasm with which the dancers performed, and the looks of anticipation just before they pulled out their Union Flags were heart-warming. If my images transmit a millionth of the power of those movingly inspirational moments, then I’ll consider myself a success.

As well as taking photographs for Dance Today,Carole Edrich is available for commissioning. Reach her through her Twitter ID @CE_Images or through her dance photography blog.

Photograph © Carole Edrich

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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